Community work

How it all started

A familiar face here at Anglesey Abbey © Anglesey Abbey

A familiar face here at Anglesey Abbey

When our Head Gardener, Richard Todd, finally realised his dream to open up a 20 acre overgrown woodland at the end of the property in 2005, it provided the perfect opportunity for us to expand our links with local community groups and enabled a wide range of local people to be involved in the outdoors at Anglesey Abbey.

Helping hands along the way

Laying the path in the secret garden © 361 Photography

Laying the path in the secret garden

The once impenetrable woodland became our Wildlife Discovery Area. This has only been possible with help and hard work from many community groups and businesses who enabled us to create over 2000 metres of pathway, put in access bridges, build a bird hide, log wall, dreaming dome, discovery cabin, clear the pond and to create an insect hotel to name but a few.

What's happening now?

Engaging young minds © Anglesey Abbey

Engaging young minds

Today many of these groups as well as new ones come to Anglesey regularly and help us care for and develop the wildlife discovery area.  They are involved in surveying and developing habitats for wildlife, outdoor arts projects and woodland conservation tasks.

What's going on

Follow our blog to keep up to date with all the latest community news, events and activities at Wicken Fen and Anglesey Abbey.

Building a giant nest structure © Anglesey Abbey

Building a giant nest structure

Our local links

We have many links with local schools, charities and other organisations.  Here is a list of some of them.

Bottisham Locality Children's Centre, Cambridge University Students, Richmond Fellowship, Rowan Foundation, Granta School, Highfields School, Cambridgeshire Mencap and St. Philips Primary School.

Our work in action

To get a real feel for the type of work we do, take a look at this video.

Entitled 'Hedgehogs - the Great Escape', it shows us working with Highfields School in Ely to build hedgehogs habitats here at Anglesey Abbey

How you can get involved

If you would like to know more about any of our projects or get involved yourself please contact:

Jack Watson, Volunteering & Community Engagement Co-ordinator

07833 294614

or by e-mail

Our future plans

Over the next year we plan to expand our Family Volunteering pilot school, work closely with students across Universities in Cambridge, continue our ongoing work with local community groups at Anglesey involving them in other areas of the property and strive to get as many young people as possible outdoors and close to nature.