Funding boost to Wicken Fen Nature Reserve to improve access and ‘safeguard’ habitat

PUBLISHED: 10:10 22 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:10 22 October 2018

A pair of Roe Deer near Baker’s Fen just before sunset. Picture: WICKEN FEN FACEBOOK

A pair of Roe Deer near Baker’s Fen just before sunset. Picture: WICKEN FEN FACEBOOK

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More than £45,000 has been granted to Wicken Fen Nature Reserve for improved access around the Woodland Walk.

The money, awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund, will be used to add new boardwalks and upgrade paths.

These measures will improve routes to the Woodland Walk and increase the accessibility of the woodland area on the edge of the Sedge Fen.

The work will also allow delicate peat areas to be rested and safeguard the fragile habitat for future generations.

Sarah Smith, general manager of the National Trust’s Wicken Fen, said: “This project will provide a real boost to the people of East Cambridgeshire.

“It’s fantastic that WREN has awarded us this money and we’re really looking forward to the improvements taking shape over the next three months”.

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Richard Smith, WREN’s senior grant manager, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the creation of the new boardwalk and pleased our funding will benefit so many people across Cambridgeshire.

“WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that improve local communities and we’re looking forward to this one making a difference very soon.”

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