Waterlow Park nature study area plan is abandoned

Claim that people 'misunderstood' the proposals

Friday, 22nd April — By Harry Taylor

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A PROPOSED new nature study area for Waterlow Park will not go ahead after a furore of claims about potential “privatisation”.

The Waterlow Park biodiversity group had looked to designate a new area to be fenced off for children and young people to study nature. A public consultation in February saw a series of complaints that it meant the park would be privatised, as groups would have to pay to use it. A petition received more than 900 signatures.

Both the Friends of Waterlow Park and Camden Council, which manages the park said it was not the case, adding that rumours were “misinformation” after someone misunderstood the proposals.

A majority of submissions to the consultation were in support of the new area. While the nature area will not be introduced, new log seating will be installed and planting will be carried out.

A statement from the friends group said: “It is clear that in an atmosphere of mixed messages there is no overwhelming approval or understanding of the proposal.

“We therefore recommend that this proposal, as consulted upon, is not taken forward. Camden will continue to welcome schools and nurseries to use the park for outdoor learning.”

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