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The upcoming bank holiday sees the opening of a large wildlife reserve that includes two reservoirs hoding water that has travelled along the New River, through Palmers Green.  The Woodberry Wetlands project is run by the London Wildlife Trust and is making the area accessible to the public for the first time since the reservoirs were built in 1833.

You can watch a clip about the Wetlands from BBC1.

The wetlands will be open every day and there will be regular guided tours and various educational events.  The following text is taken from the Woodberry Wetlands website.

One of London’s best kept secrets is about to be unveiled by London Wildlife Trust to an unsuspecting public on 1st May 2016. Open for unrestricted access for the first time in its two hundred year old 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, this 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.

We will be offering free guided tours of the reserve over the bank holiday opening weekend on Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd May at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00 and will opening for free visitor admission from 8:00am – 5:00pm daily. The tours groups are to meet outside Lizzy’s at the Coal House Café located at the end of the boardwalk from the main entrance to the reserve. The main entrance is located at 226 Lordship Road (via New River Path), London N16 5HQ. MAP No booking necessary.

This breathtaking Woodberry Wetlands setting will also play host to a wide range of outdoor & well-being activities, wildlife walks & tours, educational and craft workshops, farmers markets, festivals and more. The Spring/Summer 2016 events programme. Full details and more information is available HERE

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

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