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Thousands swamp nature reserve on opening weekend

by Natalie Vincent Fri 27 October 2017, 10:10 am

More than 5,000 visitors attended the opening of Walthamstow Wetlands during the weekend of 20-22 October.

Image courtesy of Walthamstow Wetlands

Accessible to the public for the first time in 150 years, visitors to the wetlands enjoyed a range of activities such as cycling, angling, volunteering and birdwatching over the weekend, in bright and breezy conditions.

The former Walthamstow Reservoir site was redeveloped with £10.6 million in funding by Waltham Forest Council, Thames Water and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Veronica Chrisp, director of Walthamstow Wetlands praised the public reaction to the opening: "We have been overwhelmed by the interest that Walthamstow Wetlands has generated on our opening weekend. More than 5,000 people from the borough and beyond have walked, jogged, cycled, puddle-jumped, birdwatched, fished and thoroughly enjoyed their way around our wonderful and accessible site.

"The Engine House has been a real hub with visitors enjoying a range of fun and educational activities and browsing and relaxing in our shop and cafe."

Please visit the Walthamstow Wetlands website for more details.

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