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Brent Riverside Park

As part of the redevelopment of Brent Cross, London, the River Brent will be removed from its current concrete channel, re-routed and restored to a more natural state, incorporating wetland areas, green space and a public riverside walkway and cycleway.

  • Brent Riverside Park

The River Brent as it looks now

History of the river

The River Brent is 17 miles long. Its source is at the junction of Dollis Brook and Mutton Brook in the borough of Barnet and it flows in a generally south-west direction before joining the Tideway stretch of the Thames at Brentford.

The natural character of the river has gradually been eroded as London has expanded through the centuries. It was not until the construction of the North Circular, M1 Junction and associated road infrastructure from the 1920s that the river at Brent Cross took on the unnatural character that we see today. The stretch is currently a concrete channel with no direct public access and contains invasive species such as Japanese Knotweed.

Our plans

The concrete channel of the river and its tributary, Clitterhouse Stream, will be returned to its original meander and restored to a natural state,
reducing flood-risk and allowing wildlife and aquatic plants to flourish.


The new park will create a safe route along the riverside with green space, wildflower grassland, play areas, wildlife habitats, seated terraces, public artwork and pedestrian and cycle routes throughout. The artworks will be installed on walls at key points and will reference the local flora and fauna, especially those found in the nearby Welsh Harp nature reserve.

The new River Brent as it will look

Wildlife and ecology

The enhancement of the river for the benefit of wildlife is a priority for us. A variety of habitats will be created to include wetland, wildflower and woodland edge planting in order to attract a wide variety of flora and fauna, including invertebrates, colonising plant species and bug hotels. Wildlife boxes will be provided on the site for bird and bat species.