About the Project

The ‘New Life on the Old West’ project is a project being developed by Cambridgeshire ACRE, working closely with a number of organisations and community groups who have a stake in the conservation, land management and development of community green space assets in the landscape either side of the Old West River.

The project aims to improve community green spaces and create a series of small-scale habitat improvements in the arable landscape, on the extensive ditch network and on community green spaces. Together, these will create a more resilient Fenland landscape, connecting up dispersed species and habitats, whilst creating demonstration sites for others to learn from.

The project also aims to provide a stronger connection with people’s green space assets and biodiversity on their doorstep, through a diverse education, events, citizen science and volunteering programme.

In August 2017, Cambridgeshire ACRE submitted a c. £800K funding bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund, under their Heritage Grant scheme. Following this, the Heritage Lottery Fund granted Cambridgeshire ACRE c. £99k to develop the New Life on the Old West project into a Stage 2 application. Read all about it: NLOW_Briefing.

Find our press release and further information about the project in our resources section.

Old West River near Aldreth, 2017. Image Copyright Simon Stirrup http://www.simonstirrup.co.uk/ ; and kindly supplied to the New Life on the Old West/ Cambridgeshire ACRE

Old West River near Aldreth, 2017. Image Copyright Simon Stirrup http://www.simonstirrup.co.uk/ ; and kindly supplied to the New Life on the Old West/ Cambridgeshire ACRE

About Cambridgeshire ACRE

As a local rural development charity Cambridgeshire ACRE has a long history of supporting a variety of programmes, assets and social enterprises at a community level, working with rural communities in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Cambridgeshire ACRE focuses on developing projects and providing products and services that really make a difference to local people as they work in their own communities. Partnership development is the typical approach to engage a wide range of organisations at a local level that have not necessary worked together before, to create new opportunities and help partnerships reach their full potential.

About our partners:

The New Life on the Old West project is being developed and facilitated by Cambridgeshire ACRE on behalf of a group of partners – see Resources and Downloads for a list of the partners involved in developing this project.

This photograph was taken on 14 December 2014 at sunrise, near the footbridge over the Old West River at Aldreth, Cambs. Image: Phil Mottram, entrant OWLP photo competition 2016. Copyright: Phil Mottram/ Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership.

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