A major sewage pollution incident occurred on the River Crane this week that has had a devastating effect on wildlife in the river south of the A4 at Cranford, all the way to the mouth on the Thames at Isleworth.
London Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers are deeply upset by this terrible occurrence which has done so much damage to local wildlife, in particular on Huckerby’s Meadows, Crane Park Island, Isleworth Ait, and our other projects.
The Trust met with the Environment Agency, Thames Water and other partners today to get a better understanding about the pollution incident and to understand its cause. Our immediate concern is how we can work with our volunteers and partners, to make the situation better as soon as possible. Our long term vision is to return the river to health and even use this as an opportunity to further revive the Crane beyond its pre-polluted state.
In the short term, the river is unsafe for volunteers to enter and we would ask that people continue to keep their pets and themselves out of the water. However, we will continue to work closely with the many volunteers - who have been so committed to the conservation of the Crane – in the river’s future restoration.