The wonderful world of wetlands – Broomfield Park
To mark World Wetlands Day, we want to celebrate one of our favourite projects, Broomfield Park Wetland in Enfield, North London.
The 3000m2 wetland, completed in 2019, was supported by the partnership between the Coca-Cola Foundation, WWF-UK and The Rivers Trust. Managed by Enfield Council and led by Thames21, it was primarily created to improve water quality in the nearby Pymmes Brook, a tributary of the Lower Lea – one of the most polluted rivers in the UK.
- Improved Water Quality: A surface water sewer running through the park carries a range of pollutants, including metals, nutrients and hydrocarbons. Flow from the sewer pipe has now been diverted into the constructed wetland, reducing pollution before it reaches the brook. It is estimated that approximately 200,000 m3 of water per year is now being cleaned through this natural, restorative approach.
The project has been highly commended in the Susdrain SuDs Awards, making it one of the top 4 initiatives of its kind in the country, whilst also being shortlisted for the 2020 Food and Drink Federation Awards and Edie Sustainability Leaders Awards.