The London Borough of Waltham Forest worked with Thames Water on this National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported project to protect the site’s nationally important biodiversity, while granting free access to the public for the first time.
Walthamstow Wetlands are a complex of ten water bodies which form a chain of reservoirs along the Lee River Valley in north east London. They are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and also contain remnants of industrial heritage.
Before the project began, the wetlands were not promoted to the general public, and it was difficult to access key areas on the site.
Works carried out included improvements to infrastructure, allowing access to different areas while protecting the species that live there. The project has maintained and improved existing habitats, with the aim of increasing biodiversity, and carried out conservation work for buildings on the site such as the Coppermill Tower.
The council focused on learning and participation opportunities for the public, with capital works opening up buildings for use as visitor centres and viewing platforms. A group of at least 75 volunteers have also (and will continue to be) involved in running and maintaining the site.
For more information, please visit the Walthamstow Wetlands website.