Behind 56 acres of King’s Cross development, the Camley Street nature reserve observes a maniacal cacophony of crane, drill and truck with relative impunity. The social stigma of wasteland wilderness that has blighted both King and Saint is its salvation, for this is the London Wildlife Trust’s flagship site, which, by virtue of environmental status, has stood its ground against bulldozing levellers.
Nothing is sacrosanct however, and a new canal bridge entrance has planning approval, enabling pedestrian and cycle traffic to traverse from side to side. Rare and biodiverse wildlife thrives here probably because Camley Street only has a single, offbeat access which by its very nature, controls frequency of footfall. Thus there is resistance to the proposals but the pay-off is a new Visitor Centre and time will tell, too late perhaps, what effects a thoroughfare will have here. Read More…»