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Walthamstow Wetlands opens to the public for the first time in 150 years

 

A once inaccessible no-go area in the Lee valley, between what the Guardian describes as 'downtown Walthamstow and gritty Tottenham in north London' is Walthamstow Wetlands. Thanks to the London Wildlife Trust, Waltham Forest Council, Thames Water and the Heritage lottery fund, this picturesque retreat has been the recipient of £10.6m investment. Since the end of October, Europe's largest urban wetland reserve has open for the public to take leisurely strolls down the 13miles of footpath, all for free.

 

At Walthamstow Wetlands you can find an 1880's building that housed a steam pump that is now the visitor centre/cafe and quirky exhibition space. Will you be one of the 250,000 visitors expected to experience the wetlands in it's first year open to the public?

 

Watch the BBC's video of the wetlands here.

 

 

Published on 01 November 2017

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Written by Marc Cohen

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