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Woodberry Wetlands

Woodberry Wetlands is a ground-breaking new scheme to enhance and open up Stoke Newington Reservoirs (the East and West Reservoirs) to local people as part of the Woodberry Down regeneration scheme in Manor House.

The Heritage Lottery Fund is now a key funder along with the landowners Thames Water and London Borough of Hackney, as well as housing developers Berkeley Homes who have been working closely with London Wildlife Trust in developing the proposals.
These Victorian reservoirs have been largely inaccessible since they were created. London Wildlife Trust is now seeking out the views of local people on how Woodberry Wetlands should be opened up to the public, and become a treasured ecological asset of the neighbourhood.

The Masterplan

Take a look at the Woodberry Wetlands masterplan here
This masterplan has designs in place to achieve the following objectives:

1. Increase public awareness of the reservoirs and the New River as well as improving access to them with:
  • A new bridge over the New River and floating boardwalk into East Reservoir
  • A fully refurbished Grade II listed Gas House for use as a visitor and volunteer centre
  • An accessible path around East Reservoir to enhance the visitor experience
Sketch of New River Bridge and Boardwalk
Swans on the New River by West Reservoir
Grade II listed Gas House

2. Improve the habitats for wildlife through the creation of:
  • Floating nesting and roosting islands
  • Wildflower meadows
  • Additional bird and bat habitats
Floating Island (example in Wales)
East Reservoir reedbeds
Bittern at East Reservoir

3. Make the new Woodberry Wetlands the heart of the community, through:
  • Education and training
  • Volunteering
  • High quality interpretation with information boards and signage
Education - river dipping
New interpretation


Woodberry Wetlands is one of several water-based projects around the capital - increasingly we are looking after them from a joined-up (Living Landscapes) perspective:


Over to You

The ultimate objective for Woodberry Wetlands is to be a long-lasting resource for the surrounding communities of Manor House, Stamford Hill, Stoke Newington, and Finsbury Park.
These plans will not go ahead without your support.
Please email with your thoughts and comments.

The partnership

Alongside the Heritage Lottery Fund there are a number of key committed and supportive partners working with the Trust to make Woodberry Wetlands become a reality.
These partners include Thames Water, Berkeley Homes and the London Borough of Hackney.
The Trust would also like to thank Manor House Development Trust, Genesis Homes and Natural England for their support and the following organisations for their financial contributions towards this exciting project: