Lee Valley Regional Park Authority will be carrying out planned landscaping works around Ox-Bow Island from mid-December to improve the habitat of the area and make it a more welcoming place for wildlife and visitors.
This is part of a five-year project in partnership with Canal and River Trust and Thames 21 which will:
• improve the habitat in and around the island
• address vandalism, fly tipping and anti-social behaviour
• tackle non-native invasive species which are damaging existing habitats
• create new reedbeds
• improve access to the island
• plant native wildflowers, trees and shrubs
• install bat and bird boxes, deadwood piles for insects and reptiles
• set up a trained working group of local volunteers to help look after this wildlife site.
Work is planned to start in mid-January when we’ll be pruning some trees and removing 12 others, some of which are diseased. This will provide other trees and plants with more water, light and space which will enable them to flourish. We will be planting many more trees than we remove.
We will be enhancing habitats by planting a suitable mix of native trees, shrubs and other plants, including willows, birch and alders this winter and next autumn, which will attract wildlife and help it thrive.
The natural barrier of trees currently screening the car park and Lee Valley Ice Centre will return over the next few seasons as new trees mature.
Future activities, including the removal of an old construction fly-tip, the re-profiling of some areas and the installation of a new footpath and bridge, will improve visitor access and discourage anti-social behaviour on site.
Improvements will also be made to the habitat that will help improve the channel’s water quality and appearance with a ’living boom’, a floating reedbed to stop litter flowing into the channel from the river, which in turn, will help reduce pollution. Work to increase the mix of plants within the waterways will also be carried out.
Alternatively, call Ranger Services on 020 8988 7565.