New reed bed by Ben Jonson Road


Dave Bedford of the Lower Regents Coalition writes:

We’ve just completed our first reed harvesting and transplanting event.

We took over 300 plants from the Regent’s Canal opposite Mile End Climbing Wall, where they had to be removed because they were encroaching into the navigation channel of the canal. We’ve given half of them to the Wildlife Gardeners of Haggerston, who will re-house them in their stretch of the canal.

The other half have journeyed south to the Regent’s Canal opposite Mile End Stadium, where we replanted them (see photo below). Hopefully they’ll like their new home and quickly establish a new reed bed there.

From our attempts this week, we now have a much better idea of how to harvest and re-plant reeds, so we are ready for more next year.

Newly-planted reeds


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