Waltham Forest

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The London Borough of Waltham Forest () is a London borough in north east London, England. Its population is estimated to be 276,983 in 2019.

The borough was formed in 1965 from the merger of the municipal boroughs of Leyton, Walthamstow and Chingford; it took its name from Waltham Forest – an institution which managed deer in south-west Essex.

Epping Forest is a remainder of the former Waltham Forest and forms the eastern and northern fringe of the borough. The River Lea lies to the west where its associated marshes and parkland form a green corridor which, along the reservoir-lined reaches, separates north and east London.

The north and south of the borough, split by the North Circular Road, contrast markedly in terms of demographic and socio-economic indicators; with urban districts in the south having inner-city characteristics, and the more affluent suburban areas to the north having better access to open spaces, parks, and playing fields. Chingford in the north, Walthamstow in the middle, and both Leyton and Leytonstone in the south are the four urban centres of the borough.

Waltham Forest was one of the host boroughs of the London Olympics in 2012, with the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre and part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park providing an ongoing legacy in the UK and London.

Walthamstow Marshes, June 2007. Author: Iridescenti

Waltham Forest community action[edit | edit source]

Biodiversity[edit | edit source]

Walthamstow Wetlands, opening to the public on Friday 20th October 2017

Community currencies activism[edit | edit source]

Waltham Forest LETS (Local Exchange Trading System)

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

Walthamstow Family Bike Club

Food activism[edit | edit source]

OrganicLea, workers' cooperative growing food on London's edge in the Lea Valley

Open spaces[edit | edit source]

  • East London Waterworks Park, "an idea conceived by local people. At its heart is a community group that wants to acquire and transform the 5.68-hectare ex-Thames Water Depot on Lea Bridge Road in Waltham Forest into a brownfield rainforest offering people the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature." added 12:27, 24 February 2021 (UTC)

The London Borough of Waltham Forest contains the most parks of any government district north of the River Thames. W

Youth initiatives[edit | edit source]

Sir George Monoux College

News and comment[edit | edit source]

2020

Waltham Forest building a 15-minute borough, Dec 21 [1]

2018

The rebel bank, printing its own notes and buying back people's debts, Mar 23 [2]

2017

How cargo bikes can help unclog London's congested roads, Nov 10 [3]

London’s Newest Park Is Now Open (And It’s Twice The Size Of Hyde Park), Oct 20 [4]

Europe’s largest urban wetland will open in east London next month, Sep 27 [5]

Carrots and communism: the allotments plotting a food revolution, Aug 17 [6]

Divestival in Walthamstow, Feb 9 [7]


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Interwiki links[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia: Waltham Forest


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