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   "New Life on the Old West" project    8 January, 2018

Cambridgeshire ACRE is delighted that it has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the ‘New Life on the Old West’ project.

Development funding of £99,000 has also been awarded to help Cambridgeshire ACRE progress its plans, allowing the organisation to develop this project throughout 2018 working towards a full grant application of £729,900 to deliver the project from 2019 until 2022.

The landscape on either side of the Old West River is recognised as a stronghold for many rare and endangered species such as Turtle doves, water voles, water beetles and aquatic plants such as Water Violet and Greater Water Parsnip. This area, with its many local settlements on either side of the Old West River, contains a great number of community green spaces and an extensive network of ditches and wetland habitats. Together, these contribute to its high biodiversity value, making this a vital ecological corridor which links the internationally significant wetland reserves of National Trust’s Wicken Fen and RSPB Ouse Fen.

A two-page briefing giving further information on the project can be downloaded here.


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