Waltham Forest: Short Guide
Waltham Forest is located in North East London, bordering other boroughs including Enfield, Haringey, Hackney, Newham and Redbridge. The area is made up of four neighbourhoods — Chingford, Walthamstow, Leyton and Leytonstone — which consist of Higham Park, Chapelend, Higham Hill, Snaresbrook (in part), and areas of Forest Gate too.
One of the greenest boroughs north of the River Thames, Waltham Forest is historically known for its arts and culture movement, with the likes of East 17 (who named themselves after the postcode of their hometown), Blazin’ Squad, and grime artist Lethal Bizzle starting out in the area.
The History of Waltham Forest
Remnants of Roman and Saxon settlements were discovered in Leyton, with a Roman road crossing the borough into Epping Forest. The area remained largely rural and agricultural until the 19th century when railway lines were introduced. After the bombings of World War Two, Waltham Forest underwent significant residential growth, with the development of many high-rise apartment complexes. It officially became a borough in 1965 when the four urban districts, Chingford, Walthamstow, Leyton and Leytonstone, merged into one. Waltham Forest took its name from an institution that managed deer in South-West Essex.
Waltham Forest was one of the host boroughs for the London 2012 Olympics. It’s home to Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, as well as part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park — both of which represent an ongoing legacy for sports and Olympics in the UK. You’ll also find Queen Elizabeth I’s Hunting Lodge in Chingford, which now houses the Epping Forest Museum and Vestry House in Walthamstow, the museum of local history.
A Booming Borough
The borough is predominantly a residential area, and is home to around 276,940 residents and 102,800 households. It’s also one of the most diverse locations in the country, with 53% of the population from an ethnic minority background; Urdu, Polish, Romanian, Turkish and Lithuanian are the top five languages spoken locally after English.
11,855 businesses are registered within the borough, with many of these micro organisations employing fewer than ten people. The largest industry is construction, closely followed by the professional, scientific and technical sector, and retail groups. This range of companies gives us plenty of waste management responsibilities in Waltham Forest. We cater to businesses of all sizes, so it doesn’t matter if you’re a busy office complex or a new independent restaurant — we can collect and recycle your commercial waste.
Alongside the waste we manage from businesses, Waltham Forest has created a status for itself within the arts space, boasting numerous independent artists and galleries. A borough of exquisite culture, the annual E17 Art Trail is the largest arts event in the area, and celebrates creatives with many exhibitions and artwork to explore. For the sport lovers, Leyton Orient Football Club welcomes thousands of away fans to the area on match days. As you can probably tell, Waltham Forest is a thriving hub of energy and activity.
Here at Bywaters, we can provide the events sector in the area with appropriate waste management solutions to ensure waste is correctly managed.