Residents have been working together over the last 3 months to revive a movement long-forgotten back to life. The Ripple Nature Reserve once stood, open to the public, with two main entrances on Renwick Road and Marine Drive. Located behind the Barking Reach Power Station, today, it remains closed. The site has a vast history in Thames View, Barking and Dagenham, and was once a place where local industry deposited pulverised fuel ash. It’s even rumoured there was a farm located on site. Residents were able to spot the smallest British Carnivore back then – Weasels and the elusive woodpecker bird. They may very well still be there. History moved on and the land was deemed safe for human use and became an accessible nature reserve with the site boasting gorgeous silver-trunk birch trees, a pond and wildflower meadow blooming with colourful flowers each year in summer bloom. Unfortunately, the site was closed a number of years ago, leaving nature to leave the Reserve untouched and wild.
Thames Ward Community Project (TWCP), Barking and Dagenham Council, Roding Rubbish and a group of volunteers have been working behind the scenes to open the Ripple Nature Reserve to the general public. The aim is to make it safe once again for young children and the more mature, responsible adults and dog-walkers alike. Residents are taking part in a number of activities such as litter picking, planning and crafting so that we can once again bring the Ripple Nature Reserve back to life and open for all. Consider this the Ripple Reserve Reach Out. If you would like to be involved please contact us below. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts, ideas and for our joint contribution in opening the Reserve in full next year! More coming soon.
Vishal Narayan, Local Resident on behalf of the Ripple Nature Reserve Resident Group
Email: Nia@TWCP.org.uk to get involved.