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A transformative landscape restoration project at Enfield Chase is set to create London's largest nature haven, converting up to 1,000 hectares (2,471 acres)

of farmland into a flourishing natural sanctuary. The Enfield Chase Landscape Restoration Project in north London is building on its successful woodland restoration efforts, which have seen the planting of 140,000 trees over the past four years.

In June, a public consultation was launched to gather input from residents and shape the future of this expansive project.

John Cole, chairman of Friends of Enfield Chase, expressed enthusiasm about the initiative: “The sky’s the limit. There’s an opportunity for ramblers, runners, and cyclists to discover and promote this area. The survey is just the beginning; we want to capture thoughts and make the space more pleasant and accessible.”

Cole highlighted the potential for various community amenities, such as sculpture parks, allotments, tree nurseries, and community gardens, contingent on public interest. He encouraged other groups to propose ideas for utilizing the space.

Enfield Council, collaborating with the charity Thames 21, aims to attract more visitors, create accessible public areas, restore rivers, mitigate flooding, and enhance wildlife habitats. The council emphasized the importance of involving all Enfield residents in the project.

"This project ensures that all of Enfield’s residents have a chance to get involved," the council stated on its website. Photo by Xaneph, Wikimedia commons.