Wapping canal – the work begins this Saturday

Saturday 13th June will see the first major steps to the resurrection of Wapping canal.

The activities listed below are taking place on Saturday between 9am and 3pm. Turn up if you want to help out – or just watch!

This first phase will involve upgrading the surrounding space rather than getting involved in the water (doh!).


Although 10 rafts will be built and installed (with supervision!) on Saturday, the second phase will see Wapping residents leading on further enhancements. 

The planting is the main part of the project and will be done solely by local residents – that’s you.

Wapping Woods

  • Cut back Creeping Thistle and Dock
  • Prep and paint 12 metal benches with black metal paint and bins with same
  • Weeding paths

Nesting boxes/bird and bat boxes

  • 10 x rafts
  • 10 x bat boxes
  • 2 bird boxes

Bridge (pump end)

  • Clear and clean lights

Wapping canal

  • Prep and paint uprights and chainlink from pump to bridge

Tobacco Dock

  • Prep and paint railings (with special paint apparently)

Tree and green area

  • Rake and remove waste and vegetation, face-up shrubs

You will probably be thinking that this is an awful lot of work to get done in a day. It is.


100 Citibank volunteers

But we just happen to have 100 (yes, one hundred) volunteers from Citibank coming along to help! Tower Hamlets council have funded the project costs via sponsorship with Citibank.

Citibank are really keen to help with this project as lots of people working within the organisation live in the borough and so know the canal. They have chosen this project as they are aware of the importance of their contribution and the difference the work will have on the area.

Our entire team of Wapping Wildlife Rangers will be attendance of course wearing extra large hats and pointing at random things.

You are invited, large hats optional.


Timetable for 13 June 2015 9am – 3pm

8.45 – 9.15

Meet at Tobacco Dock


  • Introduction
  • Tool/safety talk
  • Split into groups


  • Work commences

12.00 – 12.45

  • Lunch (participants to bring own or purchase nearby)


  • Continue with task


  • Clean–up & finish


Notes to volunteers

  • Cold refreshments will be available on the day.
  • It is expected that each task given to a group will be completed on the day.
  • Participants will be responsible for keeping the space around them free of obstruction as the area will not be closed to the public.
  • Working around water can be dangerous. Although Wapping Canal is relatively shallow participants must take care and act responsibly.
  • Care must be taken when painting that no paint/particles enter the water system.
  • Tasks are interchangeable, please discuss changes with a team member if you wish to be involved in an alternative activity, but do not leave your group short and unable to complete the allocated task.
  • You are responsible for your own tools and associated items so please keep safe.
  • Please do not upset Mr Burns.
Mr Burns the heron fishing in the canal.
Mr Burns the heron fishing in the canal.



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