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Thousands of pupils enjoy nature at Woodberry Wetlands

Friday 8th September 2017

Pupils from Willow Brook Primary School visit WoodberryPupils from Willow Brook Primary School visit Woodberry

In its first year the Hackney nature reserve has welcomed more than 2,000 schoolchildren

Support from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery has enabled London Wildlife Trust to host more than 2,000 pupils from 20 different schools across north and east London at Woodberry Wetlands in Manor House, Hackney, in the first year since the nature reserve opened.

This achievement has exceeded expectations and demonstrated that the reserve has become an important place for promoting outdoor education and the benefits it brings to inner-city schoolchildren, who might otherwise lack access to nature and miss the chance to learn about wildlife and its connection to London.

Willow Brook Primary School visit to Woodberry WetlandsIn a new video on the Trust’s YouTube channel you can watch children from Willow Brook Primary School in Leyton discovering snails, slugs and stag beetles at Woodberry Wetlands and learning about the different habitats where wildlife can be found. And as a new school year starts schools in north and east London are again invited to sign up their classes to take part in more outdoor educations sessions at Woodberry Wetlands, where they can take part in pond-dipping, woodland trails, and ‘minibeast’ hunts.

Alek Makucewicz, Woodberry Wetlands Learning Officer, said: “We had a fabulous first year welcoming thousands of schoolchildren to Woodberry, introducing them to nature and offering memorable experiences that they will cherish. With the new school year underway, now is the time for schools to get in touch and sign up for more outdoor learning sessions. We’d also like to take this chance to thank the players of People’s Postcode Lottery for making this all possible.”

The players of People’s Postcode Lottery have supported outdoor education at Woodberry Wetlands ever since the nature reserve was opened to the public, while also supporting sessions in south London at the Trust’s Centre for Wildlife Gardening in Peckham. For more information about how to get involved with outdoor education in London go to



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