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Take a walk on the wild side

If you like the outdoors, are interested in your parks and open spaces and enjoy exercise, then Waltham Forest Council’s upcoming series of Spring Walks could be right up your street, suburban lane or forest glade.


Following in the wake of the series of Winter Walks held in February, the Council have now arranged for three more walks in April. Conducted by Brenna from Wild Capital, the wildlife-themed walks take in the borough from north to south.


All walks start at 10am and last between two to three hours. The first walk will be held on 15 April and will start from Highams Park – meet by the play area. The walk will take in Highams Park and Epping Forest.


The next day on 16 April will see walkers meet at the ranger’s office in Ridgeway Park. The walk will explore Ridgeway and Mansfield Parks, as well as Pimp Hall Nature Reserve.


The final walk on 17 April will take participants around Coronation Gardens and Leyton Jubilee Park. Meet by the ranger’s office in Coronation Gardens.


The walks allow residents to experience the seasonal changes and get to witness the abundance of wildlife in the borough. Some of the participants on the recent round of Winter Walks spoke of their enjoyment.


Adrian Sill, from Highams Park, who went on the Highams Park and Epping Forest walk on 18 February, said, “Super, great to add some knowledge to our regular walk! Kids loved it - highly recommended!”


Stephen Daws, from Leyton, who went on the Ridgeway Park, Mansfield Park and Pimp Hall Nature Reserve walk on 19 February, said, “The walk was very well explained, in great detail, and covered plants, flowers, fungi, birds, animals and mammals.”


Jahanara Chowdhury, from Leyton, who went on the Coronation Gardens and Leyton Jubilee Park walk on 20 February, said, “It's very interesting this nature walk. I enjoyed it very much. Thank you very much. It was very well explained.”


Participants are advised to wear suitable clothing and footwear and should note that toilet facilities are not available on the 15 April walk. Those with access needs can read the access guide at www.disabledgo.com For more information email christopher.patterson@walthamforest.gov.uk or phone 0208 496 2608.



PHOTO: Walkers greatly enjoyed the Winter Walks held in February.

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