The parklands reflect the River Lea’s place at the heart of the area, with acres of wetlands and riverside meadows that are home to hundreds of different birds, waterfowl and amphibians.

In the north of the Park, a large wetland bowl, carved out of the river’s path, not only provides beautiful, sloping lawns and meadows for visitors, but also acting as a natural flood defence: when water levels rise, the bowl floods by design, protecting new housing and venues and 5,000 existing properties from a one in a hundred year storm.

Around the river and its ponds feature 300,000 wetland plants grown in Norfolk and Wales, including thirty different species of native rushes, reeds, grasses, sedges, wet wildflower and irises - some of which came from the Lower Lea Valley as source stock.

Carefully designed channels called 'bioswales' are embedded into the meadows across the Park to capture rainwater as it runs off into the Lea, nurturing habitats and diverse plant species as it does.

For a lot more information about the creation of the wetlands areas of the Park, please see the document below:

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