The New River Park

The New River Park would reveal, reconnect and diversify the forgotten river.

Stormwater would be mitigated through newly created bio-retention ponds along Petherton Road and the New River Walk.

Floating reed booms and emergent islands of native riparian vegetation would absorb nitrates and out-compete invasive species.

Shading from new tree planting would encourage phytoplankton, reducing algal blooms.

A diagram showing how the river would be connected and diversified.


  1. Yue Rao 30 Nov 2012, 03:16

    great idea !!

  2. Mark Considine 26 Feb 2013, 16:13

    Was brought up in Petherton Rd and would love the idea of waterway along the road. Very exciting.

  3. Fabian Ares 04 Dec 2014, 23:30

    That's a great idea, I dont live in London but I like surf on pages like this.

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The New River Park

Bringing new life to a historic waterway


Some 400 years after Sir Hugh Myddleton completed the New River aqueduct, it still provides 11 per cent of London’s fresh water. As it gently flows along its 20m contour, naturalised vegetation and aquatic ambiance make it an atmospheric urban discovery.

But it is a simplistic landscape, desperately under utilised and often inaccessible. The New River Park proposes a collection of interventions to create opportunities for walking and cycling, kayaking and fly fishing, connections to old and new green spaces, and diverse habitats, while embracing the qualities that make it a functioning aqueduct.

The proposals address issues set out in Thames Water’s 25-year plan, which estimates that within 25 years London’s demand for fresh water will exceed the supply. New fresh water would be supplied by capturing ‘watershed’ run-off from roof tops, parks, pavements, and streets. Water would be cleaned at source through phyto-remediation ponds at the River margins, which would also create new habitats for birds, insects, and mammals.


- Creating new parks
- Lost rivers of London


- Haringey
- Islington

From Alexandra Palace to Sadler's Wells

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