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.
- Fabulous piece by @patrick_barkham visiting the @greatfen as part of the Fen Edge Trail t.co/uvj6XvIwAM t.co/gzkmSNgao9
- Great capture in images & words - @patrick_barkham describing #walking Woodwalton & Holme #Fen #NNR #Cambridgeshire… t.co/82d2gc4Dt5
- Obelisks, hurdles and a whole flock of dragonflies on our Willow weaving course today! More outdoor craft events so… t.co/OY739wJd5G
- @patrick_barkham walks the Fen Edge Trail in today’s @guardian travel guide. @CambsGeology @discover_ramsey… t.co/hzNedsTsYQ
- Warm, dry nights mean we can start putting the moth trap out at Woodwalton and Ramsey Heights. Anyone out there wa… t.co/SEGBYQGMWN