River Quaggy, Chinbrook Meadows
Location of the Water Quaggy: Lewisham, London, UK
Date of restoration: Springtime 2002 right up until Autumn 2002
Restorer: The river recovery Centre
Before: The river Quaggy was channelised and straightened between the 1960's and 70's. The river was padded with concrete floor, and surrounded by a tangible wall and high fencing, which caused it to be00 not attainable to the public or animals. Objective of river repair: To restore the natural beauty from the river, and make this accessible to the public. To reinstate the natural floodplain as the flood prevention technique, as part of a large catchment area. To permit ecosystems to flourish and grow. After: The concrete floor channel inside the river was replaced by a sediment funnel, allowing comfortable access. It was lower to follow it is path ahead of channelisation. Whilst cutting the channel older gravels were moved and sufficient space was kept along the riv corridor allowing for natural adjustment, such as long-winding. The margins of the channel were rooted using a respected source of local wetland plants (including eye, water mint and reeds), a wetland grass and wild blossom mix was also sown, which gave the river eco system a helping palm. One section downstream has not been planted seeing that there was a request from your local people to allow natural colonisation. Flood storage area ponds had been included in the plan and at the upstream section a boardwalk, pond dipping and, educational area, had been incorporated to attract local school children. River Refurbishment Projects landscapes: " This kind of project is an excellent example of a partnership effort that has not simply restored the river and floodplain, yet has also paid out careful attention to improving the park features. Although the route work was only designed in spring 2002 by Sept 2002 presently there had long been considerable motion of gravels and natural geomorphologic features including a pool/riffle sequence, tiny rocks bars and steeper financial institutions had...