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Coca Cola helps fund new wetland in Broomfield Park, Enfield

Coca Cola helps fund new wetland in Broomfield Park, Enfield

A new wetland has been created to improve water quality and reduce flood risk.

The newly created marsh in Broomfield Park, Enfield, has been designed to reduce pollution in the nearby Pymmes Brook, a tributary of the Lower Lea to protect the park from water-logging.
Volunteers took part in mass planting events and once established the habitat should support the biodiversity and ecology of the area.

It is hoped that school children will engage with nature and use the wetlands as a living classroom, so they can learn about wildlife, climate change, and other environmental issues.

Cllr Guney Dogan, Enfield Council’s cabinet member for environment and sustainability, said: “The new wetland will be a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together to protect, nurture and engage with nature.”

Cllr Dogan thanked the community and volunteers which took part in the mass-planting as he said: “Broomfield Park already has a fantastic band of volunteers that help tirelessly to make the area one of Enfield’s favourite outdoor spaces and we are grateful for their hard work and dedication to this wonderful project.”

Enfield council was assisted by The Rivers Trust and Thames21 in the creation and design of the new wetland, while funding came from the Cola-Cola Foundation in partnership with the WWF.
On this project, the Council worked with its project partners, the Friends of Broomfield Park, the Pymmes BrookERS, and volunteers from Coca-Cola’s local manufacturing site in Edmonton. Members of the local community including families and children helped too.

Liz Lowe, the Coca-Cola Great Britain sustainability manager, said: “Water and its stewardship is at the very heart of our business – and of course it’s the single biggest ingredient in all our drinks. It is vital for us to help ensure the future sustainability of water – whether that’s reducing and recycling what we use in our factories or considering how we can help conserve water outside of our factory walls – and that’s where we are committed to replenishing 100 per cent of the water we use.

“Since 2015 we have been safely returning to communities and nature an amount of water equal to what we use globally in the production of our drinks. How we do that is mostly via the work we support through partnerships like this one which help to improve available water quality or quantity in local communities. There are often lots of additional benefits for nature too, such as better biodiversity and improved habitats. We support hundreds of these types of projects in areas of water stress all over the world which help to ensure water security for all - for local communities, for nature and for our local business.”

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