Walthamstow Weltands by Rachel Smith

Walthamstow Wetlands Newsletter 3 / December 2016

As the end of the year is quickly approaching it is a chance to reflect on some of our highlights of 2016. It is hard to believe that in less than a year the reservoirs will be transformed into Walthamstow Wetlands and we will be fully open to the public.

The community engagement team have been doing a great job showing visitors around the Wetlands with our on-going guided tours. Over the past three months we have also been focusing on outreach with local community groups and schools. Our feedback suggests that excitement about the project is really growing. We have also been out and about publicising Walthamstow Wetlands within the local community. You may have spoken to us at Countryside Live or the Waltham Forest Community Hub table top sale. We will be at the Wood Street First Festive Fayre on December 10th 2016 if you would like to come and chat with us.

On site work is continuing at pace on the Engine House. Our contractors Rooff have now completed the upper roof and the lower roof alterations are progressing well. The steelwork for the new mezzanine floor in the triple engine room is about to be installed.

Work has now also started on the Grade II listed Coppermill building. The unsafe, old access bridge will be replaced with a new one to enable visitors to access the Coppermill and a new viewing gallery where they can freely enjoy fantastic views over the Wetlands and surrounding cityscape.

The main car park on Forest Road is now under reconstruction and the steel foundations for the boardwalk along the bank of the River Lea are now in position. This will form the main access route to the Wetlands and the Engine House visitor centre and café.

It just remains for me to wish you an enjoyable winter break and a fantastic 2017. We are certainly really looking forward to the coming year and a fantastic new nature reserve and heritage centre in Walthamstow! Upcoming events

Read more, including:

  • Stakeholder’s spot
  • Conservation volunteering at Walthamstow Wetlands: winter 2016 and beyond
  • Volunteering at Walthamstow Wetlands
  • Wildlife corner: northern shoveler and gadwall
  • Wildlife corner: redwing and fieldfare

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