Huge, overarching sky; pools of crystal-blue water; a vast, flat landscape stretching out to the horizon - this is Wallasea Island on the Essex coast. I've just made a visit here, on a day of brittle autumn sunshine, to see for myself the beginnings of a project that will be the "largest man-made nature reserve in Europe", because millions of tonnes of soil will be arriving on Wallasea to create a wetland landscape of mudflats, salt marsh and lagoon, last seen over 400 years ago.
|Wetland with the Crossrail material handling facility just visible in the distance|
|The soil from Crossrail|
|Sections of the sea wall that have been breached|
We left the island as the tide was coming in, so we just made it through the water before the sea flooded the road and made it impossible to pass. It had been a fascinating afternoon.