// Kindred Meets...Walthamstow Wetlands // How fabulous to see so many local recommendations in our ‘Kindred Meets your Village’ feature. A personal favourite that’s been mentioned is the Walthamstow Wetlands.
Following a £10.6m investment by @wild.london @lbwalthamforest @officialthameswater & @heritagelotteryfund, Walthamstow Wetlands, Europe’s largest urban wetland reserve, opened to the public in October 2017.
The @walthamstowwetlands is a 211-hectare site comprising of ten reservoirs that provide drinking water for London. The Walthamstow Wetlands project has already helped enrich existing habitats as well as create entirely new ones. Trees have been planted and new meadows and grasslands are being created while bat boxes, bird nest boxes, and bird feeding stations are being installed.
For those wishing to run or cycle, there is a dedicated path that allows you to enjoy the nature reserve without disturbing the wildlife. A cafe is available in the old Engine House, originally constructed in 1894 to house the steam engine which pumped water through the reservoirs.
For any budding junior rangers out there, this summer there are some fun and educational activities where children can learn from a real ranger about getting close to nature. For more details please see the official Walthamstow Wetlands website.