Today the 2012 London Olympics open in East London, seven years ago I witnessed one of the first workers entering the site armed with a chain saw. The Bow Back Waters were netted and the residing fish were put in the near by Lea Navigation.
For my previous piece on the lost Bow Back Waters see here.
Nice post. I’d love to have seen what fish they found during that netting. There must have been some huge, un-caught carp.
It is a quite spectacular transformation of what was, as you say, a relatively untouched area of east London. I lived in Stratford while at University 12 or so years ago, it was a very different place then!
I saw the torch go through Camberwell yesterday and seeing so many people come out to see it head down the Peckham road was quite heart-warming.
John L said:
Mixed feelings about this Nick. Like the Middlesex filter beds but more wild…and now gone.A backwater or rather backwaters in the urban jungle only this one natural.And me and my kids never got to know it , well not well enough..I know you used to go down there as well.
However life moves on…Tonight my youngest(8) a Hackney schoolboy it performing along with classmates at theOlympic Opening cermony .
I love the photos nick. I love that nature takes back, whats hers….Maybe there will be brambles back there again sometime