The ‘Friends Group’ helping to reduce flooding and pollution in the River Ingrebourne.


Parks Protection Team Appeal decision EWT Information

How to Get to Hornchurch Country Park.

And some information about the park.

Roding, Beam and Ingrebourne Catchment Plan (RBI)

The Roding, Beam & Ingrebourne Catchment Partnership is a focused group of local stakeholders who are working together through a Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) to improve the rivers in the Roding, Beam & Ingrebourne Catchment and bring direct on-the-ground benefit to people and wildlife.  The Friends Group is just one of the members of this partnership.  This Catchment Plan sets out the required actions which will seek to improve the physical functioning and condition of the rivers and tributaries within the Roding, Beam & Ingrebourne Catchment, thus benefiting both wildlife and people.  To see the Catchment Plan and Vision Summary, go to our Documents tab and click on the links to see how you can help move this forward.

How well do you know your drains?

It is very easy to make things disappear down the drain, but have you ever thought about where it all ends up? There is a common misconception that everything you pour or flush away at home ends up in a sewage treatment plant, but that isn’t quite how it works.  If your plumbing at home is incorrect, dirty water could be draining straight into your local river or beach.  As the property owner you are responsible for fixing any faulty drainage connections, even if these were in place prior to you owning the property.

If you do not fix your faulty drains, you’re directly affecting your local environment and could face a fine of up to...£50,000

Please see the leaflets on our Documents page for more information.

The Friends Group working in conjunction with Thames 21, using funding provided by the Roding, Beam and Ingrebourne Catchment Partnership, have started work on the outlet below the play area at Squadrons Approach.

On Sunday 27 January 2019, 16 Friends Volunteers and a member of Thames 21 braved the cold and started work to divert the water from the outlet.  This will cause the water to circulate through the pond where it will be filtered by plants before entering the stream that flows into the Ingrebourne River reducing pollution going into the river.

We will also be installing a leaky dam, which will hold back water during heavy rainfall to help reduce sudden flooding further downstream.  The leaky dam will slowly release the extra water into the River Ingrebourne.  This will not adversely affect the Ingrebourne marshes.

Hornchurch Country Park  History Trail

The land the park now occupies was used as an airfield during both World Wars.  It was Royal Flying Corps (RFC) Suttons Farm during WW1 and Royal Air Force (RAF) Hornchurch throughout WW2.  Although some artefacts from WW2 remain, nothing from WW1 remains in the park.

The Friends of Ingrebourne Valley and Hornchurch Country Park felt that the important role the airfields played should not be forgotten.  Tesco’s Bags of Help provided funding and the Friends designed 15 brass plaques which were attached to blue posts and installed within the park.  The plaques are illustrations of items relevant to the airfields.

The Friends have also produced a leaflet which provides detailed information about the illustrations on the plaques and a map showing where the blue posts are sited.  If you follow the trail it may take you to parts of the park you haven’t visited before and provide explanations for things you always wondered about.

The trail is approximately 2 miles / 3 kilometres long and should take less than an hour to complete, walking at an easy pace.  The leaflet is on sale at the Visitors Centre for 50p.  They will also be available from the ‘Friends Group’ during events in the park.

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