Bethnal Green Nature Reserve one of calmest places in London

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Two of Tower Hamlets’ open spaces appear in magazine Time Out‘s list of places to make you feel calm in London.

The best of these, in third place overall, was the Phytology medicinal garden in Bethnal Green Nature Reserve. The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, in Limehouse, was fifth in the list, with their Open Reflective Days particularly recommended.

Time Out‘s writers were impressed with the way the Phytology project has transformed the nature reserve into a valuable community space that acts as an antidote to some of London’s stresses. The nature reserve, on Middleton Road E2, has woodland, ponds and the medicinal meadow, all in a small area. It is largely owned by the Council and is managed by the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve Trust. The Phytology project runs a programme of art- and nature-themed events, and the site is open to the public on summer Saturdays.

All photos taken in Bethnal Green Nature Reserve by Michael Smythe (click to enlarge).

A discussion in the outdoor classroom

Moth trapping event

Moth trapping event

Medicinal meadow, Bethnal Green Nature Reserve

The medicinal meadow

Herbs drying

Herbs drying

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