London walking news round up

London Walking news round up

Here’s a few London walking news items and articles you might have missed recently… from mushroom picking to a new nature reserve, and a campaign against the ‘Lee Valley Tax’.

1. “Woodberry Wetlands: London’s new wildlife oasis”

“Sir David Attenborough has opened a new nature reserve in London, a functioning reservoir, which has been hidden from the public for nearly 200 years. As of 1 May, local residents of Woodberry Down – and, indeed, the entire general public – are able to freely visit and explore Woodberry Wetlands, London’s newest nature reserve.” [source]

Filming and interviewing this chap today #sirdavidattenborough #bucketlist #journalism #woodberrywetlands

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2. “Wild Wednesday? Try an after-work adventure”

Thinking time.

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“Escaping everyday life needn’t wait for the weekend – cycle out to the countryside and return to your desk next morning” [source]

Read the article: Read the article (Guardian)

3. “River Wandle volunteers working on Carshalton arm of river shortlisted for national prize after establishing brown trout population”

“Wandle Trust volunteers were named winners of the Urban Project category of the 2016 UK River Prize for their improvement work on the historic river.” [source]

4. “Wilder edge of London’s property market: ‘Nature’s housing association’ finds homes for birds and bees”

“WildHomes, which launched last month, advertises highly affordable and attractive homes in natural spaces, but they aren’t necessarily suitable for humans. Instead the scheme promotes accommodation for London’s wildest residents — including sparrows, hedgehogs, bats and bees.” [source]

Read the article: Read the article (SW Londoner)

6. “Calls for end to Lee Valley tax on south west Londoners”

“The Lee Valley Park, set up in 1966, is a 10,000 acre park running through north east London, Essex and Hertfordshire and is the capital’s largest park, four times the size of Richmond Park. Since it was created Sutton, Croydon, Merton, Wandsworth, Richmond and Kingston boroughs have all paid an annual levy to the park authority to maintain it.” [source]

7. “London’s parks are cracking down on mushroom picking”

“Royal Parks are cracking down on bylaws which prevent people from picking wild mushrooms from local parks without permission – they say they won’t hesitate to prosecute after a spate of ‘shroom robbing.” [source]

Read the article: Read the article (Time Out)

8. “Health and conservation experts back London National Park City campaign”

“More than 70 health, conservation, education and culture experts have signed an open letter to London’s elected councillors calling for them to back the campaign to make London a National Park City.” [source]

9. “Campaigners across London fight to save their community’s green spaces”

“The Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden, in Deptford, south east London, is one of the community gardens under threat from development in the capital.” [” target=”_blank”>source]

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