The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is a conservation charity that saves wetlands, which are essential for life. The WWT has 9 sites in the UK, including the 105-acre site in Barnes in a former Victorian reservoir. This London site is Europe’s largest urban wetland.
The WWT’s Head of Centre Operations (South), Martin Senior, had this to say about the Cycle Superhighway plans:
We work with communities, businesses and governments to help people live sustainably alongside wetlands, benefitting from the water, food, materials, shelter, livelihoods and enjoyment a well-managed wetland can provide.
The London Wetland Centre is WWT’s flagship urban wetland centre, situated on the banks of the River Thames in the heart of the city. An urban oasis for wildlife and people, just 10 minutes from Hammersmith.
As a conservation charity, many of our employees and volunteers are committed to sustainable lifestyles and there is a large number of cyclists in our team. With safer cycling routes this number would almost certainly grow.
We value their safety and we want to promote active lifestyles for all our employees and volunteers. We support their freedom to choose how they get to work. We also note strong evidence that more cycling lowers air pollution levels, which in turn benefits people and wildlife more widely.
The London Wetland Centre connects people with nature. Improving London’s cycling infrastructure does that too by encouraging people to get outside and feel a greater sense of connection with the environment and the seasons.
The proposed north–south and east–west routes will make London a more attractive, healthy and sustainable city, better equipped to face some of the serious challenges posed by climate change, biodiversity loss and obesity.
WWT London Wetland Centre wholeheartedly supports these plans and calls for a swift delivery of the east-west and north-south Cycle Superhighways.