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Three years of the London Living Water Programme Queens Wood - Haringey Ruskin Park, Lambeth Foots Cray Meadow - Bexley.

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1 Three years of the London Living Water Programme Queens Wood - Haringey Ruskin Park, Lambeth Foots Cray Meadow - Bexley

2 The London Living Water Project is refreshingly simple To identify habitats in need of restoration for the benefit of amphibians and reptiles - both terrestrial & aquatic. To identify areas for habitat creation for the benefit of amphibians and reptiles – both terrestrial & aquatic. To provide training/support/advice to volunteers/local groups/councils to maintain habitats and to replicate work elsewhere. To encourage wide ranging community engagement

3 The programme started in 2008 with a £98,600 grant from City Bridge Trust to work in six boroughs. This in turn generated a total income over the three year period of £375,879. The programme employed two Project Officers and in total worked in nine boroughs. Forty Hall, Enfield LewishamKidbook Green, Greenwich

4 The Stats Over the three year period Froglife has: Created 23 ponds Restored 18 ponds 1,500 people engaged in activities 1,260 people trained in new skills 23 pond doctor visitors 5 demonstration sites 33 events hosted by Froglife 102 site visits 16 amphibian surveys 19 management and pond planting days 31 terrestrial habitats improved

5 Sites worked on Lambeth: Palace Road Nature Garden; Ruskin Park; Roots and Shoots Community Garden; Myatts Fields; Norwood Park. Bexley: Foots Cray Meadow Haringey: The Paddock; Muswell Hill School; Railways Fields; Scout Park; Queens Wood; Bury Lodge; Alexandra Palace; Springfield Park; St Gildas school; Broadwater Farm School; Rhodes Avenue School; North Haringey School; Downshill Park Enfield: Bury Lodge Park; Trent Park; Conway Recreation Ground; Lee Valley Regional Park; Cherry Tree Wood; Durance Park Ealing: Trumpers Way Hounslow: Bedfont Lakes Lewisham: Sydenham Gardens, Frensbury Gardens Greenwich: Eaglesfield Park; Greenwich Royal Parks; Kidbrook Green. Tower Hamletts: Mile End Park

6 Case Study: Railway Fields Haringey The pond in this small reserve of only 1 hectare had its butyl liner punctured by tree roots and was in need of restoration. 1500 school children visit the reserve every year with pond dipping being a central focus. Froglife working in partnership with Haringey Council & BTCV was awarded a £40,000 HLF grant. Froglife relined the pond and increased the size of the dipping platform to allow double the amount of children to pond dip at any one time. A ramp for wheelchair access has also been constructed. The project has a large educational and Volunteering element and Froglife organised over ten activity workshops, two training courses; set up a Friends of group; organised a pond planting day; installed interpretation board and photo exhibition.

7 Open day - shadow puppets Removing the old liner Restored pond

8 Case Study: Ruskin Park A 14ha prk and Site of Borough Grade 11 Importance for Nature Conservation. Opened to the public in 1907. An ornamental pond is spring fed and has limited value for wildlife Froglife carried out habitat management work to improve the marginal vegetation using coir rolls, staked faggot bundles and coir pallets. Froglife also created a new wildlife pond, located close to the existing pond and railway corridor in some rough species poor grassland. The pond was planted up with help from council staff and a good number of volunteers. Both ponds are establishing nicely with invertebrate interest and in time it should offer a good habitat for amphibians.

9 Workers installing faggotsVolunteer planting day Pond filling up

10 Case Study: Roots & Shoots Roots and Shoots is a community project providing vocational training for young people from the inner city. The main pond had a split liner Froglife reprofiled and enlarged the pond area and installed a new bentonite lined pond. Newts and frogs are returning David Perkins, Educational Officer and wildlife garden deeper provided a spring update: The frogs that returned to the restored pond were very wary in the normal week of spawning and scarpered to the deeper water as soon as disturbed. The newts are laying like mad – on the straw bales and now on the water crowfoot I put in February that is now growing well. I have done work around the edges and around the platform and using it with children in the last few weeks


12 Step by step Palace Road, Lambeth Large pond – old liner being removed from 10m diameter pond Large pond lined with GCL – looks like carpet impregnated with cat litter! Large pond top dressed with 300mm compacted screened subsoil Large pond - part filled

13 At Froglife we believe that wildlife is for everbody – it is all about conservation in the community

14 David MacDonald, The Friends of Downhills Park, Tottenham, Haringey did a great job for us. Until the Living Water project no hope of the park managing approving it. What a turn around! Del Spencer, The Scouts Association & member of Conway Recreational Ground Friends Group Thanks very much for allowing me to attend the course...I really enjoyed the day and the instruction was excellent. I have borrowed some waders and, with confidence, will now go into Conway Road pond and clear some debris. Michael Rowan – Director of Mile End Park, Tower Hamletts I write to thank you for all the help and support that I have received from Froglife over the past two years or more. In particular I would like to thank Rebecca Turpin for her advice and support which has proved invaluable. She has been crucial in securing funding for the park that will take the biodiversity agenda forward in ways that we would not have imagined without her enthusiasm and support.l High praise indeed

15 Andrea Perry, Friends of Norwood Park We are a park in an area of high density housing with high levels of child poverty and the impact of the work about to take place should not be underestimated. So thank you for Froglife. The pond is a great addition to the park. You can really see its future potential. Particularly when looking down form the top of the hill youcan imagine what it will look like once it has blended in with the surrounding landscape. It already has water in it and hopefully will have some wildlife visitors soon And more praise

16 Our London work is ongoing Great Crested Newt Revisited project – SITA funded – now in 2 nd year of surveying and habitat restoration Dragon Finder – HLF funded – development phase – encompassing all of Froglifes previous work in London: London wide allotment surveys 2000-2002; Pond Doctor; London Living Water – bringing it all together into one holistic project delivering across all London boroughs.

17 Kathy Wormald, Froglife CEO

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