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Wapping canal planting Tuesday 14th July

By on July 7, 2015 in Wapping Canal

After sterling work by corporate volunteers a few weeks back the next phase of the Wapping canal improvements takes place next Tuesday 14th July when Wapping residents will get to do the first planting of flora and fauna specifically chosen for the canal.

Chris takes Sam Dundas-Dunbar by the hand. No one knows where to.

Chris takes Sam Dundas-Dunbar by the hand. No one knows where to.

 

We need a maximum of six people help out with planting specific tasks so it will be first come first served on the day.

If you don’t want to get wet then join the rest of us who will be making generally useless comments, eating sandwiches and drinking tea and maybe even doing some work in the form of another clean up 🙂

Turn up between 10 and 12 and planting work will finish around 3.30 PM.

Planting is all native wetland (unknown species at present) and your help is required in unloading and transportation to canal side.

An extra pair of waders will be available for anyone wanting to assist in the water (yes please!) but there will be two members of Bow Landscapes to place in position.

A proper ecosystem

Planting the correct type of plants is fundamental to establishing a proper ecosystem for the canal which nature will then take over. It is that simple.

All the birdies seem happy - in Southwark

All the birdies seem happy – in Southwark

Once the plants in the water flourish the insects and small fish will become more numerous and breeding birds will have a decent place to nest and hide from predators.

As you can see from these two photographs Southwark Council have made their old docks look fantastic and a real wildlife haven and we are going to do the same for Wapping canal.

Surrey Water, Southwark

Surrey Water, Southwark

A nice new bird platform

A nice new bird platform

As ever you can get a Mr Picky from Machine Mart on the Highway. (Or Docklands as it says on their site – sounds posher if completely inaccurate.)

Corporate volunteers doing fantastic work on Wapping canal

Corporate volunteers doing fantastic work on Wapping canal

Volunteer here – or just get in touch

If you love wildlife, love Wapping and enjoy working outside in the freezing cold for free then fill in the form below.

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