Great Fen in Cambs Received National Lottery Heritage Funding
More than Â£ 8million has been awarded for an environmental project to transform part of Cambridgeshire’s marshes.
Great Fen-based ‘Peatland Progress: A New Vision for the Fens’ is one of five projects in the UK to have received funding through the Heritage Horizon Award, which is part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The project will aim to tackle climate change, biodiversity loss and bring together the northern and southern halves of the Great Fen, with the aim of changing farming practices on peat soils across the UK.
Kate Carver, Project Manager at Great Fen run by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire, said: âWe want to show people that climate change is being tackled and empower them to do so. ‘to act.
The initiative will focus on sustainable wet agriculture to reduce carbon emissions and prevent soil erosion by sequestering carbon, as well as improving water quality.
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The project also aims to connect young people facing mental health issues through nature, including training opportunities and community activities.
Ms Carver added: âOur project is tackling some of the biggest challenges of the day – climate change, loss of biodiversity and the anxieties of the next generation in our post-Covid world.
âPeatland Progress will make real improvement in people’s lives, and to make sure that happens, we’ll be talking to our local communities over the next year to make sure we’re doing it right. ”
By investing in the Great Fen, the organizers of the award believe it will help the industry recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Grants of up to Â£ 12.4million have been awarded to three environmental projects, including Peatland Progress, the UK’s first marine park in Plymouth and a large-scale partnership project to preserve Cairngorms National Park in Scotland.
Anne Jenkins, Midlands and East England Director for the National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: âThis project is an innovative approach to peatland management, agriculture and land restoration.
“Not only does it offer transformative and ambitious ways to manage the Big Fen for people and wildlife, but also to fight climate change and carbon emissions.”