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Woodberry Wetlands, London

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#12 of 26 in Wildlife in London
Woodberry Wetlands is a nature reserve and designated Site of Metropolitan Importance on the site of the East Reservoir in Stoke Newington, Hackney, London. The site opened to the public for the first time in 200 years on 1 May 2016. Covering 4.5 ha (11 acres) and situated close to the Lee Valley, Woodberry Wetlands was acquired as a nature reserve in 2014. The site is owned by Thames Water and run by London Wildlife Trust.

After a major redevelopment the East Reservoir now offers free public access. The reserve was developed by London Wildlife Trust in collaboration with Thames Water, Berkeley Homes and London Borough of Hackney, with funding from Heritage Lottery Fund. The site contains a boardwalk, a visitors' centre with café, toilet facilities and a classroom. The New River Path runs alongside the northern edge of the reservoir. This forms part of a cycle route connecting to Walthamstow Wetlands, badged as the 'Wetlands to Wetlands Greenway'.
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  • Went to have a quiet and peaceful visit in the sun and what should have been a relaxing morning walk turned out to be quite stressful. Considering we are meant to be 2M away from each other the...  more »
  • Great place to have a brief walk and feel like your not in London! Lovely cafe as well round the reservoir and very kid friendly and lots of animals to see as well.  more »
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  • This is an extremely calm & relaxing scenery for anyone wanting to enjoy some tranquility time alone or with the kids. There’s a lovely greenery pathway that runs alongside the east and west reservoirs, which just gives a serenity feel whist strolling around. Plus with water canoeing sports, a handy cafeteria nearby and a children’s play area, there’s certainly something at Woodberry Wetlands which is ideal for anyone wanting to have fun.. or simply just to chill.
  • I used to live in the area from 1975 to 2013 (mid-late 40s now) and the transformation is astounding. The reservoir has been opened up, a transformational space that allows both humans, animals and the natural habitat to thrive. The river is clean, flowing and full of water-fowl. Whilst the habitat and space has been dramatically improved with the new developments. That said, there is a danger that the area has been overbuilt without a corresponding growth in infrastructure It has been a success story and an example that with enough imagination and will (not to mention land development profit), such spaces can be transformed for a wider social benefit.

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