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Thames Landscape Strategy: Ham Lands Floodscape

Richmond, London
for the Environment Agency,
2004 - 2005

Development of a management plan for Ham Lands which would reverse the decline of the last decades and consider the reintroduction of historic, grazed flood meadows.
Ham Lands is unique among the Floodscape sites as one of the most significant and extensive stretches of riverside historic landscape and public amenity open space of any city in the world.
For centuries the land has been managed as grazed wet meadow, but since the 1970s much of the area has gradually become overgrown with scrub and Japanese knotweed. Public access and enjoyment of the historic landscape, together with the nature conservation interest, are becoming reduced with each passing year of neglect.