Ouse Washes receives £900,000 lottery grant for conservation work, research and community projects

PUBLISHED: 10:59 12 March 2014 | UPDATED: 10:59 12 March 2014

The Ouse Washes at Earith

The Ouse Washes at Earith

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A lottery grant of more than £900,000 has been awarded for the preservation of the Ouse Washes.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme (OWLP) a grant of £905,100 through its Landscape Partnership (LP) programme.

The money will be spent on conservation work on the wetland habitats, information panels explaining the history of the landscape, community archaeological excavations, research and land management.

Many of the projects will be focused on community groups, families and school children, with a Festival Fortnight planned for July 2015 and July 2016.

Robyn Llewellyn, head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, said: “What really impressed us about this project was the clear vision for celebrating the Ouse Washes.

“From working with people who live and visit the area, to developing innovative schemes to help wildlife thrive and flourish, our funding will connect the Fen stories of the past with opportunities for the future.”

The Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership area covers five Districts and 29 Parishes, stretching for nearly 30 miles from Downham Market to St Ives.

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