Boats moored on the tidal stretch of the River Crane

The Tidal Crane Association is a residents’ group which cares for the tidal stretch of the River Crane between the Northcote Road footbridge to the Thames at Isleworth. The group was originally set up to fight the National  Rivers’ Authority’s proposal to cover over the River Crane and in 2017 celebrated its 40th anniversary, making it the longest running river Friends group in London. 

Every year we hold a River Celebration Day: an opportunity for neighbours and their families to get together, enjoy our wonderful river, clear it of rubbish and help keep it navigable. Everyone whose home backs onto the Crane or is interested in the river is welcome to join in. 

Other regular activities include working with relevant authorities on the control of pollution, monitoring of fish and a Wild Flower Survey.

As well as now being affiliated to Thames 21 as a Badged group, the Tidal  Crane Association works with the Environment Agency, London Wildlife Trust, the Crane Valley Partnership, Habitats & Heritage (previously South West London Environment Network -  SWLEN) and Friends of River Crane Environment (FORCE) as well as North St Margarets Residents’ Association (NSMRA) and Friends of Northcote Nature Reserve (FoNNR). 

Interested in owning a boat on the tidal Crane?

Find out more about owning and keeping a boat on the river including understanding tides, where to buy and how to moor a boat, where you can get to on the Thames and much more. More information here and see our Photo Album page for pics of the event.

Building on the river bank?

We remind everyone that building out from the bank into the Crane from the ends of gardens is potentially dangerous to boats which might get propellors caught in underwater structures, and to swimmers. Riparian rights stipulate that landowners have:  The right to erect a building on the waterbed, subject to obtaining consents and licences from the Environment Agency and Local Planning Authority.
Riparian rights and what landowners need to be aware of

Contact Us

If you would like to be kept in touch about Tidal Crane Association, please contact Secretary Anne Ottmann on 0208 892 3666

Our current mailing address:

c/o Habitats & Heritage, E.T.N.A. Community Centre

13 Rosslyn Road
Greater London