The public are now able to visit the first restored natural landscape of the Fens

The Great Fen project has now opened a restored site to the public after being awarded £7.2m in 2007 by The National Lottery.

The project aims to restore 9,000 acres of fenland habitat in Cambridgeshire, making it the largest restoration project in England.

Over 2,500 acres of land are already under restoration or being managed for the benefit of nature including the National Nature Reserves Woodwalton Fen and Holme Fen, which are open to the public.

The Masterplan includes long-distance footpaths and cycleways through and around the Great Fen, including the north-south route between Peterborough and Huntindon; re-creating a mosaic of fen and open water habitat; and supporting the local economy through increased tourism.

Great Fen Project Manager Kate Carver said: “This is a hugely ambitious plan to re-create a large natural fen landscape within inland Britain. It will teem with wildlife and be a wonderful place for people to re-discover nature and enjoy their leisure time.”

The Masterplan can be viewed on the Great Fen website.

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