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Canary Wharf bank staff take time off to spruce up Wapping’s Tobacco Dock

PUBLISHED: 09:51 01 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:51 01 July 2015

Canary Wharf volunteers helping improve Wapping's Tobacco Dock [photos: Carmen Valino]

Canary Wharf volunteers helping improve Wapping's Tobacco Dock [photos: Carmen Valino]

Carmen Valino

Bank staff rolled their sleeves up to help tidy up a slice of London’s old docks with a fresh lick of paint and even making nesting platforms to entice wildlife back along the Thames.

Adding a touch of paint at Tobacco DockAdding a touch of paint at Tobacco Dock

The first phase of the ‘Wapping Ornamental Canal’ project had 100 volunteers from Citibank in Canary Wharf who dropped by to help improve the environment around Wapping’s much-neglected Tobacco Dock.

They cleared litter, painted railings and made the nesting platforms, bird boxes and bat boxes ready for an influx of “new migrants” to the area.

The improvements are being made by Tower Hamlets council along the waterfront district just downriver from Tower Bridge to improve life in the crowded, urban neighbourhood.

Wapping's Tobacco Dock gets a makeover to encourage wildlifeWapping's Tobacco Dock gets a makeover to encourage wildlife

The next phase includes bedding in wetland plants, following a long period of consultation the Town Hall has had with families living in the district.

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