Wild Wanstead was set up by a small group of locals with a shared love of nature. The aim of the project is to preserve and improve biodiversity in Wanstead. We hope members of the community will get involved by adding more wildlife-friendly features to their outdoor space. By acting collectively, wildlife habitats in built-up areas of Wanstead will be enhanced, helping to provide a vital green corridor linking the Flats, Wanstead Park, Epping Forest and the River Roding. This means that birds, insects and other creatures will more easily be able find a home and move around – essential to sustain and regenerate their populations.
Bringing nature into Wanstead could benefit the community in other ways too. Greener urban environments are associated with reduced air pollution and improved health and wellbeing for residents.
The ideas in Wild Wanstead are based on information from expert organisations such as the RSPB, London Wildlife Trust and Royal Horticultural Society, who all encourage improved wildlife habitats in gardens. We are supported and advised by the Wren Wildlife and Conservation Group, who have been studying the plants and wildlife of this area of East London for several decades and bring a wealth of local knowledge. We have done our best to ensure the information here is accurate and up-to-date; please get in touch if you have any queries. We can't make recommendations for suppliers, but have included examples where possible. We'd love to hear from you if you have ideas for developing the project or would like to get more involved.