News article created on 17 April 2019

New wild flower meadow on River Lee

As the waterways and wellbeing charity that cares for over 100 miles of waterways across London, we've created two new wild flower meadows next to the River Lee, near Three Mills in Bromley by Bow.

Purple loosestrife by the waterways Purple loosestrife by the waterways

Teams from the Trust, together with local volunteers, took four days to transform the new areas next to the water’s edge. They planted over 3,000 plants, including Ragged Robin, Purple Loosestrife and Red Campion.

Tim Mulligan, our ecologist, says: “We’re really pleased to have got this work completed. The grass by the river here has until now been a bit of an empty space, so it’s great to have created something that will add some colour and interest. We’re also hopeful that the plants we’ve put in will help pollinators such as bees, which is really important in the inner city.

“The River Lee is loved by so many people and we get huge amounts of help from the local community and volunteers to look after it. It’s a great place to visit, relax and get the benefits of being by the water. There’s still lots of work for us to do, so I’d encourage anyone keen to help to get in touch.”