Grand Union Canal Clean Up

Join Thames21 for a day of cleaning the Grand Union Canal.

Thames21 will be giving the canal a clean up, cutting some of the buddleia back which is becoming a problem as well as cutting some of the hedgerows obstructing the paths.

The starting location for the event will be Western View Hayes by the Grand Union Canal. Barclays Bank is opposite Western View and The Old Crown Pub is on the corner of the road.

All Equipment is provided by Thames 21 but please wear suitable clothing for the weather conditions Under 16′s are more than welcome as long as they have a responsible adult accompanying them.

The area is in great need of improvement. If you need any more information call 07557 970 812 or email:

River Crane – Environmental Asset or Urban Drain

Following two major, and several minor, pollution incidents over the last three years, alongside ongoing chronic water quality problems, FORCE has organised a public meeting to debate the issues and help chart a way forwards. The meeting, titled “River Crane – Environmental Asset or Urban Drain?” will be held at Whitton Community Centre on Friday 31st October. Representatives from the Environment Agency (Caroline Douglass – area manager), Thames Water (Richard Aylard – external affairs director) and FORCE will discuss the issues, and field questions from the public, under the chairmanship of local MP Vince Cable.

We hope this meeting will review the past and current situation and, more importantly, consider the potential for moving forwards towards good ecological status – and we would greatly welcome the active presence of local interested people.

The meeting is free to attend and will run from 7pm to 8pm and be followed by informal discussion. Whitton Community Centre is on Percy Road TW2 6JL, next to the Twickenham Academy and just off the A316. To ask a question at the meeting please email it to together with your name.

Growing Health in Housing Conference

Capital Growth and Women’s Environmental Network is hosting Growing Health in Housing an event to learn more about establishing community food growing in housing and its benefits for housing associations, public health departments and residents.

Speakers include:

Rosie Boycott – Chair of the London food board, Greater London Authority (GLA)
Babu Bhattacherjee – Director of communities and neighbourhoods, Poplar HARCA
Steve Cole – Neighbourhoods Green Coordinator, National Housing federation
Abigail Gilbert – Public Health Adviser, LB Tower Hamlets

    Who should attend?

The event is aimed at those working for housing associations, social housing, public health and third sector organisations looking to support community food growing projects in housing estates.

    Booking and cost

The event is £35 per person and £25 for organisations in Tower Hamlets and includes a delicious lunch. To book your ticket click here or for more information email

This event is organised by Women’s Environmental Network (WEN), who run the Tower Hamlets Food Growing Network, and Capital Growth, London’s biggest food growing network. The event is organised as part of the Gardens for Life project funded by the public health team at LB Tower Hamlets.