Mayesbrook Climate Change Park

  • View of one of the lakes to be restored. Credit: Thames Rivers Trust
    View of one of the lakes to be restored. Credit: Thames Rivers Trust
  • Interpretive sign. Credit: Thames Rivers Trust
    Interpretive sign. Credit: Thames Rivers Trust
  • Community consultation. Credit: Thames Rivers Trust
    Community consultation. Credit: Thames Rivers Trust
Case Study Information
Description: 
Regeneration of an urban park with funding secured on the basis of ecosystem service assessment
Progress so far: 

The first phase of the project is complete and included re-routing the Mayes Brook along a more natural course, renewing the disused lakes and planting trees. The second phase is underway and includes the restoration of the two lakes, one for boating and one for angling, which will also improve habitat conditions for wildlife.  A visitor and facility centre will be built, along with a café and permanent exhibition on what the park is doing to adapt to climate change.

Challenges and lessons learned: 

The project highlighted how an economic appraisal of the benefits that an area of land can provide for people, can bring about significant change.  The clear demonstration of the value of the project helped reassure and engage representatives of the local community. 

It is also an example of partnership working, and of a scale of park regeneration that was only made possible by the combination of staff, funding and technical resources provided by the various partners involved.  It also illustrates the potential for such a project to cause a resurgence of public interest in nature and access to the outdoors.

The involvement of the Environment Agency as a partner helped in the process of securing the numerous approvals needed (flood risk, contaminated land, soil disposal etc.).

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