Following a grant from The Tower Hill Trust, the Lower Regent’s Coalition is undertaking a ‘greening’ project on a stretch of the canal near Mile End to introduce more wildlife-friendly planting along the banks.

Dave Bedford, member of the Lower Regents Coalition, said: “We are really excited to be able to give this part of the canal a much needed make over. We will be planting native reeds, iris, sedges, grasses and lily pads to enhance the area for wildlife, such as kingfishers, which used to thrive here before it was so heavily developed.

“This is a busy stretch of towpath, especially in spring and summer, and thanks to the Tower Hill Trust we are going to make it somewhere that people want to sit by and spend time near rather than just pass through.”

Go to canalrivertrust.org.uk/volunteer for more details.