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London plan’s river restoration target exceeded

The Greater London Authority’s plan to restore 15km of London rivers by 2015 has been exceeded, with 17.5km restored to a more natural state, the London Rivers Restoration Group has announced. According to Environment OnSite Recent Environment Agency figures show the total amount of river restored across the capital is 17,742m since the London Plan… Read More

Help needed to save The King

The new owner of an historic Thames passenger steamer and Dunkirk Little Ship is appealing for help in her restoration. The King, built in 1902 by Tagg of East Molesey, originally spent much of her time running between Hampton Court and Kew. She is currently in dry dock at the Beacon Boatyard in Rochester, Kent.… Read More

EA drive for volunteer lock keepers

Want to be a Thames lock keeper? The Environment Agency is offering a taste of the job in a fresh appeal for volunteers on the non-tidal river. In return for a time commitment of at least one day a week, recruits will receive training, workwear and travel expenses. There is a choice of 45 locks… Read More

Bring the boats back to Dartford Creek

A new group, the Dartford and Crayford Creek Restoration Trust, has launched a “Bring Back the Boats” campaign for the little-used Thames tributary. The mouth of Dartford Creek is 10 miles downstream of the Thames Barrier. According to the Thames Guardian magazine, it’s a 3-mile navigable arm of the River Darent, with its offshoot, the… Read More

Sea-Change for needy young so they can navigate Blue Mermaid

The original Blue Mermaid was built of steel in 1930 and was the last steel made sailing barge in the UK. It became lost during WWII. The Sea-Change Sailing Trust (SCST) launched the replica steel hull of Blue Mermaid sailing barge in May, at Polrunan, on the Fowey estuary in Cornwall. The SCST is a charity… Read More

From Our Blog

The North Thames Fisheries Local Action Group: from start to stage 2

The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) will fund some six groups to deliver community-led local development in England.  These Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) will use the knowledge of stakeholders to tackle fishery issues at a local level. The Marine Management Organisation (MMO), which administers the EMFF in England, recently chose a number of groups to move… Read More

It’s a crime the crime museum exhibition was too crowded!

I visited the Museum of London’s Crime Museum Uncovered exhibition this week. I was a little disappointed as the exhibition was so packed.  In spite of having timed tickets, I didn’t bother to stay to see the end of it.There were queues to enter and queues to see the first exhibits.I believe the museum issued too many… Read More

Samuel Pepys exhibition; well-worth a visit!

I visited the Samuel Pepys exhibition at the Greenwich Maritime Museum just before Christmas and I was very impressed. Samuel Pepys was a curious man. His quest for information was phenomenal. When he became secretary of the Navy, he read every book he could find about ships, building them, sailing them and manning them. The only… Read More

Innovation on the Thames – an all-round success

What happens when big names on the Thames such as the Environment Agency, The Port of London Authority, UCL, Thames Water, CH2M, Boskalis and Tideway come together for one day at the Thames Estuary Partnership’s Annual Forum to share their know-how and hear about the latest developments on the river? The result couldn’t be anything… Read More

Lively debate will make a great TEP conference

Wow! It certainly will be about Innovation on the Thames. The line-up of speakers for the Thames Estuary Partnership’s Annual Conference virtually guarantees a lively debate.It is our job to line up the best speakers possible on the current projects which will have a major effect on the Thames for the future. The keynote speaker is Professor… Read More

Latest Thames safety campaign

The latest Port of London Authority (PLA) safety campaign is hoping to improve all river users’ awareness of how to share the river safely with smaller, vulnerable recreational craft on the tidal Thames. Read More

What a hit!

The Transforming the Thames networking event was perfect. The weather was excellent and the views from the Thames Terrace at the House of Commons were spectacular. Read More

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