A view across the river from the Thames Path

Winter Blog

5th December 2014

Hi - just a brief introduction- I’ve been working on the operations delivery side of the Thames Path for the last few years overseeing the vegetation management, surfacing, revetment, and riverbank restoration projects. The work is demanding and varied, but we certainly get a sense of achievement after a flooding event has eroded the Thames Path and the bank. After this happens we then go through the process of restoring the trail and the riverbank which  includes planting up native riparian vegetation to help stabilise  and enhance the trail and of course to keep the Himalayan Balsam out! Below is a photo of a restored riverbank near Marlow.

If you fancy working off all those mince pies, Christmas pud and turkey then come out on one of our volunteer task days – we are currently in the middle of the winter scrub clearance season, trying to get rid of the ever spreading blackthorn, but we have plenty of other jobs to do, so the more the merrier. Just click onto our Volunteer pages for how you can get involved, but if you’d just prefer to go for a walk then the Thames Path is ideal to walk off all the excesses of the Christmas season.

If we do get a cold patch, and the Thames freezes over – please don’t walk on the ice – you never know the thickness.  I’m afraid gone are the days when The Frost fairs would take place on the Thames – I’m reliably informed that during the Great Frost of 1683–84, the worst frost recorded in England, the Thames was completely frozen for two months, with the ice reaching a thickness of 11 inches (28 cm) in London!

When you're out on the Trail don’t forget to take lovely photographs of the Thames then upload them onto the website (please click here for instructions.)

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