Create a place for wild swimming in Waltham Forest now

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Abigail Woodman
Abigail Woodman signed this petition

We, the undersigned, support the campaign by Save Lea Marshes and CPRE London to transform the historic filter beds on Lea Bridge Road, once used by Thames Water, into a place for wild swimming.

The site is protected Metropolitan Open Land and should be returned to the people of East London as a place for wild swimming and a place where people learn to live harmoniously with nature through small-scale food growing or sustainable foraging. It should be rewilded, with the built environment reclaimed by nature in some places and landscaping and planting in others.

The site should be opened up, to stitch together Leyton and Walthamstow Marshes to the north, the Waterworks Centre Nature Reserve to the east, Hackney Marshes and Middlesex Filter Beds to the south and the river and towpath to the west, to create a huge urban park: the East London Waterworks Park.

You can find out more about the history of the site here.

The site is currently owned by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and is within the Lee Valley Regional Park, and we call on Waltham Forest Council to work with the ESFA and the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority to take full advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a unique park uniting Waltham Forest and Hackney.