Tagged: Brentford

Another waterbird posing for the camera…

This is turning into something of a mini-series…

This grey heron can frequently be spotted at Brentford Lock in west London. He’s facing the wrong way to be doing the ‘grey ghost’ standing-dead-still-for-ages-to-lull-the-fish-into-a-false-sense-of-security thing that you’ll often see herons doing by rivers and ponds, just before they unerringly send some poor fish to the Great Spawning Grounds in the Sky. I think he’s actually people watching instead; he’s right by the lock itself, a perfect spot to see all the boats and walkers and cyclists going by…


More photos from Kew Bridge Eco-Village

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an update on the Kew Bridge Eco-Village project in south-west London. Here’s some more of my photos of the site, this time taken with a better camera! Click on an image to see a bigger version and more info.

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‘Be the change you wish to see’: A Kew Bridge Eco-Village Update

Since June 2009, a remarkable group of people have been acting as caretakers of a patch of derelict land sandwiched between Kew Bridge, the A315 into central London and the Thames.

This is a busy, congested and built up corner of west London where available land is at a premium, and this site had lain empty and unused for several decades before the eco-villagers moved in last summer.

Now it is a thriving example of sustainable living, as well as being community garden project and home to a fascinating array of plants and wildlife – the latest in a long line of different functions.

The site has always been much more than just a piece of wasteland; it actually has a long history, probably dating back at least as far as the Bronze Age, and mainly because of its central position between the river and a main road. The A315 has long been an central route in to and out of London – it is built over a Roman road and was later also an important coaching route.

There had also been a ferry (and later a bridge) at Kew since at least the 17th century. You can thus easily see how the centrality of the site to river crossings and main roads would make it a logical plot of land to locate a business or build other property, and how this would eventually give it an element of historical significance.

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