Regents Canal Living Waterway

by Gideon Corby in London, Greater London, England

We are transforming the Regents Canal into a green corridor. We have coots and swans, with your help we can have water voles and otters!

by Gideon Corby in London, Greater London, England

We did it
On 31st August 2018 we successfully raised £3,340 with 55 supporters in 56 days

We are in the process of transforming the Regents Canal into a green corridor between the Kingsland Road and Whitmore Road bridges. Working with the permission of the Canal and River Trust, we have already planted some shallow areas with yellow flag iris and other native aquatic and marginal plant species to create rich habitat for nature. Additionally, we are working with the Woodland Trust to replicate woodland edge habitat by planting native hedging along the towpath.

Our greening method involves installing floating islands of vegetation which perform three functions:

  • to provide a large area of habitat for wildlife,
  • to clean the canal water of diesel, nitrates and phosphates as well as heavy metals,
  • to create an environment for people which is beautiful to spend time in and good for our mental health.

The floating islands will be located on the far side of the canal where the depth is too shallow for navigation. For people living on and living by the canal the increase in flowers and wildlife will be life enhancing. Those recreating on the canal whether in canoes or SUP boards and those just strolling along the towpath will find themselves far away from the centre of the busy city in a truly enchanted space, in or on the bank of a river in the countryside, lost in nature.

Currently, moorhens, coots and swans use raised areas on the canal to nest, rest or preen. We will not be doing any work that disturbs waterfowl while they are nesting and we will install additional areas to allow more of these activities. While the vegetation is establishing it will need protecting as new shoots are particularly tempting to waterfowl. Once established this protection will go and the floating islands will hugely increase the habitat for these birds we have already but other, rarer species such as grey and yellow wagtails will have more foraging and nesting opportunities.

This stretch of the Regents Canal is a pilot scheme for the Canal and River Trust to show what is possible. Eventually the entire Regents Canal can connect the various parks and green spaces along its route and act as a green corridor for our wildlife. We already have herons, swans and an occasional kingfisher but there is the potential for water vole and otter too!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£15 or more

Native wildflower seeds

Receive a carefully selected packet of rarer native plant seeds that can be sprinkled along the towpath or your own garden to help bring back uncommon species to our urban environment. In turn, these plants will sustain insects whose primary forage or habitat has been mostly lost while adding variety for our enjoyment.

£20 or more

Illustrated postcard pack

These postcards have been created especially for the Regent’s Canal Living Waterway project by artist Anne-Laure Carruth and show one of the species we have chosen to help clean the water, add habitat and look gorgeous. Pack of ten.

£25 or more

Illustrated postcard pack

These postcards have been created especially for the Regent’s Canal Living Waterway project by artist Anne-Laure Carruth and show one of the species we have chosen to help clean the water, add habitat and look gorgeous. Pack of twenty.

£50 or more

2 of 12 claimed

Bat walk

Join fellow bat lovers for a walk along the canal to find bats and learn how to use an echolocator. Find out where bats roost in the day, how they navigate in the dark and which species live amongst us.

£50 or more

6 of 50 claimed

Limited edition native plant art print

This drawing has been created especially for the Regent’s Canal Living Waterway project by artist Anne-Laure Carruth and shows one of the species we have chosen to help clean the water, add habitat and look gorgeous. Art quality Giclee print on Hahnemuehle German Etching 310gsm (textured) paper. Limitied edition, signed copy. Size: A4

£200 or more

2 of 25 claimed

Limited edition waterway view art print

A view of the Regent's Canal between Kingsland Road and Whitmore Road bridges. Art quality Giclee print on Hahnemuehle German Etching 310gsm (textured) paper. Limitied edition, signed copy Size: A3

£1,000 or more

1 of 8 claimed

Mosaic dedication for sponsored floating island

We will create your name or business name in a beautiful mosaic. These will be installed along the canal as a permanent reminder of your generosity. These mosaics have previously been produced for the Olympics and other community celebrations by Tessa Hunkin.

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