Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

January 24, 2022
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London’s new green space

Europe’s largest urban wetland nature reserve recently opened to the public for the first time in 150 years and it’s only a 15-minute Tube ride from central London. Walthamstow Wetlands stretches for 211 hectares and features 21 kilometres of footpath and cycle tracks. The plethora of wildflowers may be gone now, but they’ll reappear in the spring along with all the waterfowl and migrating sandpipers, redshank, lapwings and more. What’s more, the urban green space is home to the largest heronry and also largest recreational fishery in London. Owned by Thames Water, there are 10 onsite reservoirs that are still operational; they provide drinking water to 1.5 million people. The opening of the park was made possible by a £10.6 million (about $18 million) investment; 250,000 visitors are expected in its opening year. Admission free. Parking from £2 ($3.40) for up to one hour.

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