The Environment Agency has included over £700,000 of landscaping in a £3.6 million flood prevention scheme due to open in June.
The 12ha Sutcliffe Park in Greenwich, London, will benefit from £235,000 of landscaping and £484,000 of habitat construction, boardwalks and bridges over the Quaggy River.
Civil engineering consultants Halcrow is building a flood detention area that will hold 85,000 cu m of floodwater — equating to 35 Olympic swimming pools.
The scheme will protect 600 households that are prone to flooding. Before the landscaping, the river was contained in a culvert, which led to a reduction in habitats for wildlife.
An Environment Agency representative said: “Previously the area was not too enticing for people. We took the opportunity to make a wildlife haven by digging out the culvert and creating a bowl effect we can flood so less water runs down the river into Lewisham.”
L Office of Science & Technology reports have suggested global warming may threaten four million Britons with flooding by 2050.
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