Wildspace Thurrock links to Wildspace London which is a project which is opening up the Rainham, Aveley and Wennington Marshes by the RSPB and partners. The focus of the project is the iconic new Rainham Visitor Centre in Purfleet. The building houses a cafe, a shop, toilets and education room but its greatest asset is the views over the wetlands and marshes.
The Parklands funding opens up the nature reserve to the neighbouring community Purfleet by building a new cycle/foot bridge over the river Mardyke. In addition the cycling charity, Sustrans, are upgrading cycleways and creating new footpaths. New artworks are being placed around the bridge to mark the entrance into the reserve.
Finally RSPB are improving the sustainability credentials of their project by building a wind turbine, which is providing electricity for the reserve and a compost toilet which is reducing the water needs of the reserve and ensuring the reserve is not adding to local pollution.
In addition to Parklands funding, financial support for Wildspace Thurrock has been secured from Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation, London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, Veolia ES Cleanaway Havering Riverside Trust, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Veolia ES Cleanaway Mardyke Trust, Biffaward, EU’s Interreg IVa Two Seas Cross Border Cooperation Programme, Nature Trust, Environment Agency and Natural England.