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Green Flag tops off incredible year for Woodberry Wetlands

A year after Woodberry Wetlands was transformed from a redundant reservoir into a wildlife haven, it has won a Green Flag Award.

It tops off an incredible year, which began in April 2016 when Sir David Attenborough cut the ribbon and declared the wetlands open and continued with fabulous foodie events with live music, guided walks, family classes and much more.

Senior site officer Francisco Do Carmo said “We know how much high-quality green spaces matter to Londoners and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into making the wetlands such a wonderful place to visit.”

The awards, run by Keep Britain Tidy, celebrate the highest environmental standards and recognise well-maintained and engaging public spaces. The wetlands are run by London Wildlife Trust.

The East Reservoir was built in 1833 as storage for fresh drinking water. Between 1955 and 1980, it was treated with chlorine and sodium phosphate to ‘clean the water’ – a move that left it devoid of wildlife. 

In the 1990s, when developers sought to move in local residents fought (and won) a campaign to save it. The result is the Wetlands – it’s now a haven for migratory birds as well as butterflies, moths, dragonflies, frogs and toads, bats and newts.

Time Out recently hailed Woodberry Wetlands as one of London’s ‘secretly brilliant best bits’.  In September, a new 3km cycle route was opened linking the wetlands with Walthamstow Wetlands.

Woodberry Wetlands’ summer of events include Nest Collective’s Campfire Club on select Fridays – live music by the campfire beneath (hopefully) balmy summer skies. There are also guided walks and historical tours, including The Remarkable History of Woodland Down (September 9th) and a guided bird walk on August 12th.

Admission to Woodberry Wetlands is free and the reserve is open from 9am till 4.30pm most days.

www.woodberrywetlands.org.uk

    Time Out recently hailed Woodberry Wetlands as one of London’s ‘secretly brilliant best bits’. 

    Posted 2nd August 2017

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