Wetland to Industry... and back again

Ref: C2422723

This part of the River Lea has seen many changes over the 10000 years of its human occupation and exploitation. On this gentle circular stroll we will discuss the exploitation of the landscape from Neolithic hunter-gatherers through Roman, Saxon and Medieval times and the industrial revolution to the present day. We will have opportunities to consider the richness of the area's flora and fauna as well as reflecting on current usage and recent attempts to have a less destructive impact upon the environment.

Course aim

This two hour gentle circular stroll through the Walthamstow Wetlands will give us a chance to talk about the area's past, its ecology and its present direction whilst enjoying (hopefully) the summer weather

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the history of the Walthamstow Wetlands area
  • reflect on the exploitation of the landscape over 10000 years
  • offer insights in to the current use and direction of the area

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

As this is a walk in the British Isles we may need to be prepared for both sun and rain. The walk is flat and easy but a sensible pair of shoes and a bottle of water may be useful.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Wetland to Industry... and back again


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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