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Wild swimming lake to open in Beckenham

Georgian estate in south London has been transformed with playgrounds and a wooded wetland

A 285m-long swimming and kayaking lake opens in south London on 20 July, creating a natural recreation area and putting the south-east suburb on the map for outdoor swimming enthusiasts.

Created in 1800 by the owner of Beckenham Place Mansion, John Cator, but filled in during the 20th century, Beckenham lake has been restored as part of a £4.9m project funded by the Heritage Lottery and the Mayor of London’s greener city fund to transform Beckenham Place Park.

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