Welcome to the website of the Friends of Foots Cray Meadows.
For Pictures of the Third Foots Cray Meadows Fun Dog Show go to the Fun Dog Show Page
Return of the Winter Lakes on the Meadows
The sun is out and a few April showers, Bluebells and some glorious spring conditions so it may be surprising that the groundwater flooding has returned to the Meadows. But the water table is high the aquifer full and the natural springs in the Cray valley must be at full force feeding into the Cray as they have done forever and why humankind settled along the valleys.
Whilst there is an obvious overflow from the lake at five arches. This is almost certainly as a result of the high groundwater levels keeping the river in full flood as we have seen throughout the winter. Foots Cray Meadows are a flood plain and meadows beside rivers do flood. This flooding and any risk to properties will be monitored by the authorities and the Environment Agency Flood warning publish updates. The closure of the footpath is an inconvenience especially as it is a key pedestrian route from North Cray to Schools and the railway at Albany Park but excess water belongs on the Meadows and hopefully away from people's homes. I was with Bexley Council today and we will be looking at immediate options to reduce the overflow with the Environment Agency in the next few days. In the meantime do enjoy the nature from the expanding lakes on the Meadows this spring.
Michael Heath FFCM and Thames21 24th April 2014
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Late last year The FFCM Committee was advised of suggested Council cuts to the Parks and Open Spaces Budget for next year and possibly beyond. This will have a serious impact on the upkeep of the Meadows. As a Friends Group we are focusing on Foots Cray Meadows, although other parks and open spaces in the Borough will also suffer from these cuts. We promoted the issue and our concerns through a special edition of our newsletter (See link). Whilst many of you did comment through the consultation it appears that the budget has been approved and this will affect our parks and open space service .
So as the Meadows spring into a new season we must retain the tinge of concern for our open space because of the huge budget reductions facing Bexley's Grounds Maintenance (Public Realm) and strategic development (Parks & Open Spaces) Teams. This is ultimately how the infrastructure of our open spaces and parks are maintained. Yes Friends groups like ours make a difference and can and do work with the Local Authority to seek improvements. But without continued investment and commitment to maintaining our natural environment the past achievements of our parks teams will be irretrievably lost and Bexley will become a less pleasant place to live and work in. Our thoughts on this will have been made during the recent budget consultation but with Council Elections in May we should continue to raise the importance of the Boroughs Open Spaces for nature and people, you may wish to challenge the extent of the reductions to our Parks Service; why not?
See Events Page for things to do.
Image by B Riches
go to the events and activity pages for details of spring and summer events
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Above three Images raised water and ground water levels Five Arches February 2014