Chestnuts Field Wetlands

Image of a pond with strands of grass
Published: 15 September 2023
Filed under: Neighbourhoods


The London Borough of Waltham Forest is in the process of delivering proposals for a new Wetlands scheme in the northeast corner of Chestnuts Field.

The scheme will create a new Wetlands that will include new wildlife habitats and wildflower meadows, which will reduce flood risk to local properties, increase biodiversity, improve air quality, tackle climate change and provide a new community facility with educational opportunities and incidental play features created to enable interaction with the new habitats.

The scheme also includes improvements to the public highway on Spruce Hills Road and Sturge Avenue, which will reduce flood risk to local properties by introducing new carriageway levels and a raised junction table that is designed to divert surface water towards the Wetlands.

To access the scheme plans, please use the link below:

Chestnut Fields Consultation Boards


We recently sent a consultation leaflet and questionnaire to all addresses in the local vicinity of the scheme, which provides an outline of the scheme proposals and a questionnaire. If you would like a copy of the leaflet, you can download a copy using the link below:

Consultation leaflet

Or if you would like a hard copy of the leaflet and questionnaire, please send a request to the email address below:

To provide an opportunity for the local community to talk to the project team and provide feedback, we have also organised a drop-in session

Details below:

Location: The Foyer, Waltham Forest Town Hall, Fellowship Square, Forest Road, E17 4JF

Date: Monday 16 October 2023

Time: 5pm to 7pm

Next steps

Following the public consultation exercise in October 2023, we will be analysing the responses and finalising the detailed design. We will then aim to progress the main construction works in early 2024, which will be followed by landscaping and planting, which will be progressed based on the required planting season for each species. The local community will receive further construction notification letters in the near vicinity of the construction works prior to commencement.

We would like to invite the local community to get involved with the landscaping and planting, and we will be arranging a planting day and opportunities to help maintain the Wetlands. We will provide further updates and more information on how you can get involved with planting and also with future maintenance in autumn 2024.