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The East Reservoir or Woodberry Down

A two hundred year old man-made reservoir in Hackney has been taken over by nature!

The East Reservoir, or Woodberry Wetlands is a place steeped in history, geography, botany, ornithology and town planning!

Hidden behind tower blocks and a building site you may have stumbled upon the East Reservoir.

There is a West Reservoir too!

Both used to supply North Londoners with water which was fed by the New River.  The West Reservoir is now a recreational lake, but what about the East?

Here, David Mooney shares its story, from its origins to its exciting new future…

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