Fen project receives lottery boost

A project to restore one of Britain’s most historic wetland landscapes has been given £8.9m by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The donation to the Great Fen Project, which aims to restore some 3,700ha of wildlife habitat in Cambridgeshire, marks the Heritage Lottery’s largest ever donation. The money will be ploughed into restoring intensely managed farmland back into fenland habitats like fen meadows, reed beds and riverine woodland. It is hoped this will help protect rare species, such as fen wood-rush, ragwort and the fen violet, that have been in decline since the area was turned into farmland 400 years ago. HLF manager in the east of England Robyn Llewellyn said: “We are particularly committed to supporting projects like Great Fen, which will not only restore an important stretch of land but also enable local people to be actively involved in its maintenance.” The Wildlife Trust will use the money to buy plots of land from farmers.

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