Starting in 2001, The Great Fen is a 50 year project to create a huge wetland area between Peterborough and Huntingdon that would host a thriving ecosystem of plants and animals.
Through the biggest National Lottery grant ever provided to an environmental project, the Great Fen were able to purchase the Holmewood Estate - a 3,255 acre space and a key part of the restoration plan which would allow the Great Fen build new habitats including grasslands, reedbeds, hay meadows and open water. These habitats not only provide suitable and sustainable grounds for wildlife but also provide for wide ranging community, education and conservational work.
The Great Fen don't just aim to attract new wildlife; the project is also providing a human boost too. Through the generation of new crops and land, local farmers are developing rare breeds of cattle such as British White and Belted Galloway whilst plans for a visitors' centre, tourism and local enterprises will help develop the local economy and employment.
- Listen to Helen & Mandy talking all things Great Fen (and sexing swans!) on @jeremysallis yesterday- @BBCCambs… t.co/uBsqYmRSd2
- Will just be Helen and Mandy today but there'll be ready to talk about all our Great Fen events and fill you in on… t.co/O3ZZxEPojg
- Hear the sound of summer today #WildlifeWednesday - Louise, Helen and Mandy reveal summer events @greatfen and more… t.co/2u4Chmrx1x
- Discover the amazing story of the Great Fen spitfire at our Celebration Day on Sunday and see our Spitfire film… t.co/FfnghcrvNd
- With thanks to @greatfen and @NaturalEngland for a really interesting afternoon seeing and discussing what they are… t.co/bXGFrllMCF