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Hackney's Woodberry Wetlands opens with an extensive programme of events

HIDDEN undisturbed behind hoarding and sprawling metropolitan development, one of London’s best kept secrets is about to be unveiled by London Wildlife Trust to an unsuspecting public on May 1, 2016.

Open for unrestricted access for the first time in its two hundred year history, Woodberry Wetlands is a vast wildlife oasis in the heart of urban London and one of the most captivating natural spaces the city has seen in recent times.

Spanning 11 hectares, London Wildlife Trust’s long term project of habitat improvement and heritage restoration is situated upon a stretch of the New River and engulfs Stoke Newington East Reservoir in Hackney.

Originally built as storage for fresh drinking water in the early 19th century, the reservoir and its surrounds more recently became recognised for their importance to wildlife and named a site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation.

In addition to its inherent wildlife, the site supports important historical buildings which were formerly in grave need of conservation and enhancement. The Grade II listed Coal House, a former coal store and kitchen, has undergone complete restoration and will now be open for the public to enjoy as a visitor centre and café at Woodberry Wetlands.

Two other important heritage structures, the Ivy Sluice House and New River Bridge also stand on the site.

From May 1, 2016, Woodberry Wetlands will be open for free admission daily from 8am – 5pm. This breathtaking setting will also play host to a wide range of outdoor and well-being activities, wildlife walks and tours, educational and craft workshops, farmers markets, festivals and more.

Details of the Spring/Summer 2016 events programme can be found at www.woodberrywetlands.org.uk/events/.

Ticket donations received are invested into the conservation of nature and the protection of wildlife. London Wildlife Trust is a registered charity no. 283895.

Woodberry Wetlands, 226 Lordship Road (via New River Path), London, N16 5HQ