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Open Meeting: “Restoring the River Quaggy and our local urban rivers”
Wednesday July 10, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Brockley Social Club
Paul de Zylva will be giving a presentation about the the work of QWAG (Quaggy Waterways Action Group).
The River Quaggy and its tributaries, with the River Pool, form the three river Ravensbourne catchment. It is an urban river flowing though parks and playing fields, behind buildings and under roads. In some places it is nothing more than an open drain, whilst in others it is full of life and a source of pleasure for all. It’s one of the most UK’s heavily engineered rivers with much of it in unnatural concrete channels and culverts.
QWAG aims to “demonstrate, using the Quaggy, that rivers can be major assets to an urban environment – bringing natural beauty, educational facilities and wildlife value into urban landscapes and urban lives. By demonstrating what can be done, we hope to inspire further river restoration work in other urban areas. To achieve this, we must win the hearts and minds of planners, politicians and landowners. Our message is that the mistakes of the past – burying urban rivers in concrete coffins – can be reversed, to bring living natural features into the hearts of our urban jungles.”