Waltham Forest is an outer London borough with a population of approximately 225,000 people which was created in 1965 from the municipal boroughs of Chingford, Leyton and Walthamstow. The borough has a rich and vibrant diverse population, which has helped to foster harmony and promote understanding between its different communities.
The main town centres in the area are Leyton, Walthamstow, Leytonstone and Chingford and Waltham Forest is a host borough for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games which has helped to attract significant funding to improve the infrastructure and drive development in the area.
Prior to its creation in 1965, the area Waltham Forest stands in had a rich and varied history. It was the seat of the Arts and Crafts movement, and the birthplace of one of its founders, the socialist and designer William Morris. The borough is also the birthplace of film director Alfred Hitchcock, England Cricket Captains Graham Gooch and Nasser Hussain and England football legend David Beckham.