The city of London is known for its great museums, arts culture, tourist attractions and for being an economic powerhouse. What it is not known for is feeling like the countryside. Guests at Hotels near Moorgate will be surprised at the fact that there are in fact many areas of outstanding natural beauty that can be found within the city itself, this is surprising due to how built up London can often feel but when you really look for them, wild life reserves and naturally growing conservation areas can be found, and in great numbers to.
Hackney Marshes is based in the London Borough of Hackney and holds massive areas of grassland which is banked by the River Lea. Initially a real marsh, the area was drained and used as a rubbish site during world war two before becoming an area of park area and natural conservation area, not far from what is now the Olympic Park. The Marshland and nearby rivers are navigable from areas as far away as Chingford and Hertfordshire, making it a great place to take a boat whilst providing land to play football and especially great for dog walking.
Found in West London, Richmond Park takes up a massive 8.5 kilometres of natural land and as one of the initial Royal Parks created for King Charles I as a place where he could hunt for sport, and so Deer were bred into the area for that very reason. As the largest of London’s Royal Parks, Richmond is made up of thick shrubbery and grassland as well as large trees. The Isabella Plantation on site adds a beautiful natural conservation of flora and fauna, with wild flowers growing and adding a dash of colour to the natural landscape.
Hampstead Heath is located in North London and is thought to be one of London’s oldest parks. Made up of 790 acres of land has within its boundaries a range of ponds, dense woodland areas and joins the Kenwood estate. Parliament Hill is also included within the Hampstead Heath boundaries, protected by law by the London council so as to keep an amazing view over the city. Hampstead Heath is also home to natural ponds and a wide variety of wildlife including snakes, rabbits, slow worms, squirrels, foxes and frogs.
Epping Forest is located between Greater London and Essex and used to be a royal forest. The forest is a great place to visit to get out fo the bustle of London, sprinkled with bogs, ponds, rivers and dense grassland covered in heaths which stretch for around 19 kilometres. In the forest you can find the River Lea and the River Roding. The reason that this area of woodland has been kept so dense is that it was unable to be used for agriculture, its gravelly soil not allowing farmers to work the land. In 1882 Queen Victoria declared the forest open to the people, it’s title becoming “the people’s forest” and to this very day it is maintained that all land is open to the public.
London is home to many city farms, teaching children and adults alike about the importance of clean living and organic farming. The city farms around London include Vauxhall Farm, Hackney Farm, Spitalfields farm and Stepney Farm. The farms have a range of animals including chickens, sheep and cows and often allow children to feed the animals as well as some offering horse riding lessons and other such activities. There are often educational tours taken around the farms and whilst there, you’d seldom remember that a few hours earlier you’d been in your bed at the Montcalm At The Brewery London City.