A much-loved local nature reserve severely hit by the coronavirus pandemic is set to receive a funding boost from Berkeley Homes and Hackney Council as part of the Woodberry Down Regeneration Partnership – after they announced that they would match-fund donations from the public up to a total of £55,000.
Woodberry Wetlands, which was opened by naturalist David Attenborough four years ago after Woodberry Down’s two reservoirs had been largely inaccessible to the public for over 100 years, provides an oasis of tranquility, rich in wildlife, right by Woodberry Down in the north of the borough.
While social distancing guidelines initially meant that the reserve and its cafe could not safely reopen, London Wildlife Trust (LWT) – which runs the site – has been hit by the larger economic effects of the pandemic. The Trust is set to lose £650,000 of its expected income over the next 12 months.
The match-funding from Hackney Council and Berkeley Homes will help to support the Wetlands, which costs around £110,000 a year to run, to re-open as soon as possible – potentially within weeks.
The Council and Berkeley Homes are joining calls from London Wildlife Trust to people across London to contribute to its funding appeal.
People can support the Woodberry Wetlands appeal at: https://www.wildlondon.org.uk/save-woodberry
The Woodberry Down regeneration is one of Europe’s biggest single-site estate regeneration projects being delivered in partnership by Hackney Council, Berkeley Homes, Notting Hill Genesis, Woodberry Down Community Organisation and the Manor House Development Trust.