Volunteer hub scoops top award

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Volunteer hub scoops top award

An enterprising and sustainable volunteer hub has picked up a top award.

The Roundhouse, based at Thames Water’s Woodberry Wetlands, was handed an enterprise awards by the Forestry Commission.

The hub, which was designed and constructed by Adrian Leaman and completed by the site’s volunteer team, is used as a base for the wetlands’ volunteers as they carry out their jobs around the site.

Woodberry Wetlands had been closed off to the public for almost 200 years until it was reopened by Thames Water, and a dedicated team of volunteers from the London Wildlife Trust  manage and maintain the site.

Kirsty Halford, community projects executive at Thames Water said: “We’re delighted to win the award from the Forestry Commission.

“The Roundhouse has turned into a thriving community hub.

“It was built with the help of volunteers, and is an environmentally-friendly, sustainable building, which we hope will continue to help volunteers in their ongoing drive to manage and maintain the park.”

Construction work of the hub started in 2015, and is made from sustainable materials, including timber from two Ash Trees which were felled by Hackney Council, plus clay from a construction site adjacent to the site.

Woodberry Wetlands was officially opened by Sir David Attenborough in April 2016 and the site was opened to the public a day later. 

The 11-hectare Thames Water site had been closed to the public for nearly 200 years. Working in partnership with the London Wildlife Trust, Berkley Homes, Heritage Lottery Fund and the London Borough of Hackney we created a brand new wildlife oasis at one of our old reservoirs in Stoke Newington, East London.