Walthamstow Wetlands will be the largest urban wetland nature reserve in the country. It will be free to access and enjoy with opening planned from Autumn 2017.
This unique project will create opportunities for leisure activities such as walking, cycling and fishing within its dramatic 211 hectare landscape, benefitting the health and wellbeing for residents and visitors alike.
In addition, programmes of formal and informal learning, training and volunteering will be delivered through the London Wildlife Trust. These will promote a better understanding of the site's natural and built heritage and ensure a lasting legacy for future generations to cherish and celebrate.
The Wetlands will also add to the emergence of a wider visitor economy, supporting the regeneration plans in St James Street, Blackhorse Lane and Lea Bridge.
The council has invested over £1m in the Wetlands. We are delivering the project in partnership with site owners Thames Water which has contributed £1.84million, Heritage Lottery Fund (£4.47million), the Greater London Authority (£750,000), the Environment Agency (£49,000) and Natural England.
We have appointed the London Wildlife Trust as the delivery partner to manage and conserve the Wetlands heritage. The Trust will also deliver the programme of public engagement and learning, volunteering and training activities including engaging local schools in the heritage of the Wetlands.
For further information, please visit the Walthamstow Wetlands website.