Monday, July 15, 2024

App launch to help you enjoy Rainham Marshes

GET out and explore the fascinating heritage and diverse wildlife of Wildspace at Rainham Marshes.

Situated between Rainham and Purfleet, Wildspace will eventually cover an area of 640 hectares between the railway line and the River Thames. Use this app to guide you on a walk from Rainham to the Thames and beyond and discover all that Wildspace has to offer.

Mysterious marshes, chattering birds, ribbeting frogs, a deep sea diver and concrete barges are just a handful of the things you can expect to experience. Rich in heritage and crammed with wildlife (yet still in London!), this app will take you through a truly unique landscape.

The app is part of Havering Council’s vision for this area, which brings together its ambitious goals and aspirations for Rainham village, Wildspace and the marshes alongside the River Thames to provide access to nature and open space, and improve the quality of life, for both local people and visitors.

Research in 2002 found that there are more than 2.5 billion visits to urban green spaces in the UK every year – by 33 million people, more than half the population. Eighty-five per cent of people surveyed said that the quality of public space had a direct impact on their lives and on the way they felt.

Rainham, Wennington and Aveley Marshes together form one of London’s largest green spaces. The 1500 acres of open, wild riverside space is the largest remaining expanse of wetland on the upper Thames Estuary. Located at the heart of the Thames Gateway growth area, it has the potential to become London’s next premier outdoor destination, London Riverside Conservation Park.


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