Footprints: Wicken Fen's community engagement project

Volunteer talking to group of people about pond creatures in tray

Wicken Fen Nature Reserve has secured funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to support a community engagement project working in partnership with local community groups. We're looking forward to engaging a wide group of people with nature, well-being and heritage through an exciting programme of activities.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on creating opportunities for local people to access a range of recreational activities. The project began in March 2021 after a delay due to the coronavirus crisis and now the new Community Engagement Officer is working with local partners to develop and deliver outreach activities involving Wicken Fen’s landscape, wildlife, archaeology and cultural heritage.

Footprints Across the Landscape

The project takes inspiration from the stories of people whose footprints can still be traced across the landscape, connecting us with our heritage. Project activities such as community archaeology, nature and heritage walks and tree planting are planned to help communities engage with their local heritage and with the landscape on their doorstep.

Ways to get involved

Keep an eye on this page as the project progresses as we'll be adding more information about activities and volunteering.

New Volunteering Opportunities

Fairs, Feasts and Festivals volunteers

We will be visiting local fairs over the summer months to talk to local people about Wicken Fen, the Wicken Fen Vision, and the Footprints project. We're recruiting a group of volunteers to man our Wicken Fen stand at fairs, festivals and feasts in the fen edge communities. We'll be joined by partners the Farmland Museum so we can connect people with their natural and historical heritage.  You can find out more about this exciting new volunteer opportunity here

Forthcoming activities

Enjoy the peace and tranquillity and connect with nature at Wicken Fen
Two young visitors walking around Wicken Fen
Enjoy the peace and tranquillity and connect with nature at Wicken Fen

Nature and Heritage Walks

Watch this space for more details of our new community walks programme starting this spring.