Iain Duncan Smith visited newly opened Walthamstow Wetlands and toured the 211 hectare site which has recently benefitted from a £10.6 million regeneration funded from the Heritage Lottery, Waltham Forest Council and Thames Water.
Local people can visit the wetlands which has a café and visitors’ centre and includes a 2km cycle path.
Iain said: “Few locals know about Walthamstow Wetlands in north London.
“But now they, and nature lovers everywhere, can enjoy this amazing bird reserve for free.
“The project has only been possible due to the commitment of all the partners involved and generosity of the Heritage Lottery Fund.
“The wildlife conservation and industrial value of Walthamstow Wetlands is truly unique in London and the opening of the site now allows more people to access its natural and architectural heritage”