River Project at Wye Dene revitalising the Watercress beds

Back in the 1930’s (and for some time before that) the area at the end of Bowden Lane, adjacent to the old railway line was a marshy area that, because of the natural springs, was utilised as Watercress beds. Over time, due to changes in the topography and a reduction in demand the area became a dark, muddy part of the Back Stream that had a strange bubbling spring in the middle of it.