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Environmental campaigner David Bellamy visits under-threat Rotherhithe park

15:42 12 January 2011

David Bellamy joins locals to save King

David Bellamy joins locals to save King's Stairs Gardens, Rotherhithe.

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RENOWNED environmental campaigner David Bellamy today visited threatened Rotherhithe beauty spot King’s Stairs Gardens

The east end – born botanist urged Thanes Water to think again before deciding to use KSG as part of a 20-mile long ‘super-sewer’. Bellamy said he was confident people in Rotherhithe would stop Thames Water from choosing the site because of their active campaign.

Bellamy said KSG was a “wonderful park” and was vital for the immediate community which includes a playschool and a church.

He told The Docklands: “We need lots and lots of good vibes in London and we have the wrong vibe here with what Thames Water is trying to do.

“There is all sorts of wildlife in the park and it is a vital community resource. There are great species of creepy crawlies, worms and smaller insects in there which are great for kids to come and learn from as I did when we were a school and had a privet hedge.”

A public consultation across London ends on Friday and Thames water said it had learnt things about the park it did not previously know as a result of feedback.

Nick Tennant of Thames Water reassured residents at KSG there was no “foregone conclusion” over the future of the beauty spot. In September, there will be more definite answers on the 20 sites needed to host a sewer tunnel in a bid to clean up the Thames.

The Save KSG campaign has been building momentum over the last few months as people fight to save the park from being turned into an industrial site for seven years.

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