National Lottery support for Footprints Project at Wicken Fen
Wicken Fen Nature Reserve has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £75,000 for an exciting heritage project, 'Footprints', in East Cambridgeshire. 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 and to connect with nature, understand the cultural value of this special place, and be part of its story.
The Footprints project will begin in April 2020 when a Community Engagement Manager will begin working with local organisations and communities to develop and deliver outreach activities involving Wicken Fen’s landscape, wildlife, archaeology and cultural heritage. Activities are set to include stargazing, nature walks, school visits and more.
In May 2019 Wicken Fen celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Wicken Fen Vision and the 120th anniversary of the National Trust caring for Wicken Fen, and engaged with the public locally and nationally to drive forward its ambitious plans to increase the nature reserve to an area of 53 square kilometres, and create a beautiful, tranquil and diverse landscape for wildlife and people. A green space for people to enjoy will be vital for the Cambridge area, as Cambridge is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK, so developing a community engagement programme now will help address the needs of the local expanding population.
Sarah Smith, General Manager of the National Trust’s Wicken Fen said:
‘We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are confident that the project will help people discover new ways to explore the outdoors and the benefits this brings. It will offer new opportunities to participate in the future plans of the National Trust’s oldest nature reserve.’