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Green Spaces Project of the Month

June 2003 - London Wetland Centre
Contact: Stephanie Fudge, Centre Operations Manager
London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, London SW13 9WT
Tel. 020 8409 4403

Directly under the flight path of London's Heathrow Airport is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), protected by law because it is the home of the rare Smew, a small duck. This may sound at first like a rather obscure Green Space of the Month, but read on, because this is in fact one of the top wildlife sites in England, and it is taking special steps to involve the many ethnic communities living nearby.

BEN worked with London Wetland Centre on a consultancy to see how they could increase the participation of ethnic communities in the use, improvement or design of elements of this urban green space. We helped them to look at what they have done so far to encourage and enable ethnic community groups to participate; what response this has received from the groups; the potential for developing ethnic community involvement and how this might be realised. The aim of this article is to share this learning with other green space groups who may be engaged in a similar process.

BEN is giving away a voucher for free entry to the London Wetland Centre to the first person who gives feedback on the June Green Space of the Month feature about the Wetland. Simply email your feedback to Rachel at BEN remembering to give a postal address for us to send your voucher.
(email Rachel at BEN Rachel@ben-network.org.uk

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