The London Borough of Waltham Forest is located in northeast London, England.  Waltham Forest is situated in outer London and is notably green, with ancient woodland, parks, reservoirs and open spaces.  Waltham Forest is bordered by London’s Green Belt and the River Lea.  The area has been inhabited since the Stone Age, and Roman and Saxon remains have been discovered in Leyton.  The borough was established in 1965, bringing together the nearby areas of Chingford, Leyton and Walthamstow.  Its site was once heavily forested, and the borough is named after the former Waltham Forest, now called Epping Forest.  The borough thrived during the Industrial Revolution, and has supported a range of industries including copper refining, milling, arms production and toy making.  Some of Waltham Forest’s factories still remain, although the majority of the area is residential.  Waltham Forest is among the five London boroughs chosen to host the 2012 Summer Olympics, along with Greenwich, Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets.