In 2002 Groundwork said:
“Piper’s Wharf. The foreshore, formerly used by Piper’s barge-building enterprise, is a superb example of accessible self-cleaning foreshore with ecological and archaeological interest.
Future proposals: The site, which has considerable potential as an ecological and education resource, is nevertheless a fragile asset and its unique charm and interest could be wrecked by insensitive “improvement” works. Hazardous buried cables and ropes require regular removal and Thames 21 has carried out several river clean-up exercises at the site
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