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The East London Waterworks Park: Phase 1

Funded on Spacehive 14 April 2021

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The East London Waterworks Park: Phase 1

The East London Waterworks Park: Phase 1

East London Waterworks Park By East London Waterworks Park

Help us take the first step towards realising our vision for the East London Waterworks Park, a place for wild swimming and a place where people learn to live harmoniously with nature.

Waltham Forest Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 14 Apr 2021!

The East London Waterworks Park is an idea conceived by local people. At its heart is a community group that wants to acquire and transform a 5.68-hectare site into a brownfield rainforest offering people the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature. Currently a fenced-in concrete depot in the middle of a swathe of green space, acquiring the land and building the East London Waterworks Park will reconnect the lower Lea Valley. It will also showcase an environment-first community-led approach to land ownership that will transform the way we think about green spaces. And it will provide space for people to experience a range of activities that will improve physical and mental health and improve biodiversity, including wild swimming in Victorian filter beds and conservation volunteering. This first phase of the much larger project is about engaging a team of professionals to help us develop the idea and enter into negotiations with the landowner. Help us make our vision a reality.

What we'll deliver:

  • A surveyor to value the land so we can enter into negotiations with the landowner and determine a fundraising goal.
  • A market research team to gather the data required to help East London Waterworks Park meet the needs of our community.
  • A civil and environmental engineer to test the feasibility of our ideas and develop the concept.
  • A graphic designer to create a visual identity for the East London Waterworks Park.

Why it's a great idea:

Linking Green Spaces Opening up this site will stitch together Leyton and Walthamstow Marshes to the north, the Waterworks Nature Reserve to the east, Hackney Marshes and Middlesex Filter Beds to the south and the river and towpath to the west allowing people and wildlife to roam. Improving Physical Health Walking and wild swimming provide low-cost opportunities for people to be physically active. Improving Mental Health Research has shown that for every £1 invested in health or social needs projects connecting people to nature, there is £6 in social return. Increasing Biodiversity Similar sites that have transitioned from concrete to nature are now home to over 2,000 invertebrates species, some of which were thought to be extinct. Biodiversity is critical to human survival. Providing a Once-In-A-Generation Educational Opportunity Allowing young people to watch nature take back the landscape over a decade will encourage a deeper understanding of the way humans and nature interact.

Steps to get it done:

  • Contract professionals and agree statements of work - by end July 2021
  • Work with professionals to deliver their contracts - by end November 2021
  • Synthesise deliverables to establish next steps - by end December 2021

If the possibilities of the East London Waterworks Park excite you, please get in touch. The project is open and inclusive, and we welcome everyone who would like to get involved.


Location Waltham Forest

About the space

Victorian filter beds that are currently paved over and used as a depot. A concrete patch of land in the midst of marshes and wetlands stretching for miles along the River Lea.


London Borough of Waltham Forest

How will the money be spent?Total £28,902

Engineering - £15,600 (54%)
Valuation - £6,120 (21%)
Visual identity - £2,160 (7%)
Market research - £1,650 (6%)
Contingency - £1,300 (4%)
Other - £2,072 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Visual identity
Market research
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Overfunding will be carried through to phase two of the campaign, which will focus on fundraising to purchase the land.

Total £28,902

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.

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