Woodberry Wetlands: Memories, inspiration & enrichment
Say what? Having lived in London for the past 7 years, Woodberry Wetlands has been a great find. One of the things I love about London is that these pockets of treasure will appear which ever location you go to – so long as one keeps an open mind and at times a bit of research – other than google, ask the locals you’d be surprise with the connections that one builds with or simply learn from.
True Story: After staying over at my friend’s house in Dalston, I woke up early and decided to take a stroll aimlessly – I have a lot of faith in the universe and so followed the wind literally. That lead me into finding Abney Park cemetery. With my phone’s death – it was a perfect opportunity to get lost in this eerie, enchanting and surreal site of dog walkers, readers & what seemed like the perfect location for dating… which I soon find out it really is a great place to take a lover. Abney park is an oasis and one that I would return to over and over and over again.
Woodberry Wetlands is a place of serenity. I’d go for walks, look at the reservoir and watch the birds do their thing: fly around, say hello to their babies, chill out – something most of us can learn from – FLY AROUND - be free.
Bird lover? Super! Woodberry Wetlands is a sanctuary to animals such as wildfowls which is a joy for all specially hearing them sing. Making one forget that we’re still in the city.
Bonus pointers: Woodberry Wetlands nature reserve was opened by Sir David Attenborough, close from
the public for 200 years. Wowza!
“ An understanding of the natural world and what's in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfilment” – Sir David Attenborough, Planet Earth ( highly recommend it!),Natural Historian,superhero.
Painting detail of Woodberry Wetlands, mixed media on canvas- artist Kathlyn Pagador
When it comes to painting With all these in mind painting Woodberry Wetland came naturally. It’s a symbol for respect of self and of other sentient beings. A celebration of life just round the corner.
"...haven for wildlife and people...managed by London Wildlife Trust" - @wildwoodberry
Here’s a list of a few places that I highly recommend:
North London: Clissold Park, Finsbury Park, Walthamstow, River Lee, Alexandra Palace
NorthWest: Hyde park
North East: Hampstead Heath
South West: Battersea Park, Clapham Common, Richmond park
East London: Nomadic Gardens, Victoria Park
You have awesome places that is a must visit? Great! Am always on the look out for places to enhance well-being. Contact me with "K you must visit"