This month has seen some drastic changes to the Hackbridge site. Over the last few weeks, contractors and the Wandle Trust team have been working hard to create new banks, backwaters and even an island – all in the name of river restoration!
But with all the building works taking place, the site has begun to look a bit bare. To solve this we got planting…
Last weekend (6th, 7th and 8th September) 60 volunteers from the local community joined the Wandle Trust team and added 6000 plants to the banks of the Wandle. The plants were a variety of species designed to create a natural vegetation structure along the bank. Close to the to water’s edge, volunteers planted aquatic species such as flag iris, purple loosestrife, various sedge species, hemp agrimony, ragged robin and a number of other species to give 18 in all. In the drier more meadowlike conditions tall herb like wildflower plugs and seeds were planted contatining a mix of 23 native species.
Once these plants have grown, the Hackbridge site will look brilliant – a true wildlife haven in Greater London.
We’d like to thank all the volunteers who came over the weekend to help us – we couldn’t have done it without you!
Next steps for the site include the installation of woody debris to further diversify the habitats. So keep your eyes peeled for our next update!