This ten acre haven for wildlife is a short walk from the neighbouring WaterWorks Centre nature reserve.
Built by the East London WaterWorks Company in the mid 1800’s they demonstrate how previously industrial areas can become valuable habitats for wildlife.
In 1852 London suffered its worst ever outbreak of cholera, a lethal disease which thrives in contaminated water. The Middlesex Filter Beds were built soon after as part of the effort to make sure such epidemics were never repeated.
When the beds closed in 1969, nature began to take over, but now the site is a thriving mix of open water, reedbeds and wet woodland habitats.