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River Ingrebourne projects

This map shows the current projects; potential, in progress and completed, for the River Ingrebourne. Hover over a number to see a project summary, click on the number to see the full project details.

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The area below Hornchurch stadium is concrete reinforced and has a weir situated downstream which makes this area of the river very poor ecologically. To improve this an additional channel could be constructed on the land south of the Hornchurch stadium  between the river and the playing fields.

This wetland could be improved by creating variations in water depth and by improving connectivity to the channel. This areas could then serve as flood storage. Any spoil created could be used to construct a causeway for the footpath which is currently difficult to access in wet weather.

The channel is becoming clogged with vegetation below the Ingrebourne marshes causing increasing levels of flooding preventing the area being grazed. Removal of some in channel vegetation and trees would improve flow to lower sections and allow lower wetlands areas to be preserved.

The channel in this section is narrow with steep banks with little in channel and marginal vegetation making this area unsuitable habitat for Water Voles.

Near the former Mount Pleaseant Farm there is a shallow valley between the footpath and river. The habitat is rough grassland with a strip of trees and scrub beside the river.

The rough grassland area beside Theobalds Road seems not to be managed at the moment and would benefit from being managed to create a suitable area for wildlife. There is potential to work with the Friends of Harold Wood Park to improve this area. Possible area for wetland creation.

Presently these meadows are biologically poor and lie fairly wet. This area could be improved by removing a thin layer of soil across the site to allow a more substantial wetland area to develop and the soil removed could be used to create a bund to keep the water in and prevent the nearby footpath from flooding.


In this area the river runs through secondary woodland and rough grassland, there are also two former meanders that are no longer connected to the main channel.

These meanders could be reconnected to the main channel to create a more natural structure to the river and the woodland could be thinned to let in more light and increase access to the site.

An outlet below Squadrons Approach is allowing polluted water to enter the channel and consequently the grazing marsh.

Firstly the pollution source should be investigated and the source(s) identified and stopped, however as the cause is most likely to be misconnections from the nearby urban area the likelihood of reoccurrence is high therefore a more long term strategy is needed.

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