Wetlands planned at Chase Green

Consultation event taking place to promote council’s latest wetlands project

A visualisation of the new wetlands at Chase Green (credit Enfield Council)
A visualisation of the new wetlands at Chase Green (credit Enfield Council)

Enfield Council is proposing to install a wetlands area that will connect to the New River Loop in Enfield Town.

The wetlands at Chase Green would be fed by surface water runoff from the local drainage network, increasing “the quality and quantity of rainwater” flowing into the nearby New River Loop.

The New River Loop in Enfield Town has been beset by silting issues in recent years that have been harming wildlife, although the council has tried to address this recently.

The creation of a wetlands at Chase Green would be just the latest of a series of similar projects created in parks across the borough, including the award-winning scheme at Albany Park in Enfield Wash and others in Town Park, Broomfield Park and Firs Farm Rec.

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Wetlands are hailed for both reducing flood risk and providing new habitats for wildlife, as well as enhancing parks for the people who visit them.

The council says the proposed wetlands will also act “as an important tool to protect against the impacts of climate change” by “acting as a buffer against extreme weather events, soaking up heavy rainfall during storms as well as storing and releasing water slowly in drier times to protect against the most severe impacts of droughts”.

The wetlands are proposed to be sited in the lesser-used northern part of Chase Green, and will take up less than 10% of its total area. An exhibition of Enfield Council’s plans is being held at Chase Green on Thursday (20th) between 3pm and 6pm.

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