In view of the increased development threats to the Lea Valley and surrounding green spaces, we widened our remit beyond Leyton Marshes to include Walthamstow, Hackney and Tottenham Marshes. We work cooperatively with other local and special interest groups to preserve the land for nature and open community use.
To do this, SLM has a range of short, medium and long term aims to protect the whole of the marshes from encroachment and development in perpetuity and ensure the maintenance of the marshes is ecologically sound and a good use of tax payer’s money. Here are some of our specific goals:
- To ensure that the whole area of Leyton Marshes, including the Waterworks area is maintained as open green space.
- To establish the marshes as a pesticide (including herbicide) free zone so that the area is a haven for butterflies, bees and other species in critical decline.
- The full reinstatement of East Marsh as a green open space.
- To Keep Leyton, Hackney and Walthamstow Marshes free from enclosed commercial purposes that damage the land and prevent free open access for people to enjoy.
- To keep a watching brief and actively lobby against all possible threats to the current land designation as Metropolitan Open Land, including the local listed Sites of Scientific and Special Interest (SSSIs).