It is Essex Wildlife Trust’s biggest-ever project, restoring Mucking Landfill to recreate a range of fantastic wild habitats. The 120-acre site will eventually expand to cover 845 acres and sits on top of a ‘pie-crust’, which caps 50 years of waste from six London boroughs, up to 30 metres deep.
This former landfill site now attracts rare bees, birds and reptiles and provides a wonderful haven, through a network of paths and cycle routes, for people to enjoy.
More than 1,500 invitees were spellbound by Sir David’s opening speech, in which he hailed Thurrock Thameside Nature Park as a “miracle”. There were hundreds of local people present: everyone who had donated to the appeal to raise funds for the project was invited to attend the day and 500 tickets were distributed via a ballot of local residents.
More about Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
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