Cambridge residents can now enjoy even more verdant land just south of the city, filled to the brim with wildlife. Wandlebury Country Park, which is owned and maintained by local charity Cambridge Past, Present & Future, has added a further 30 acres of countryside to the park.
One of the new areas is called The Gallops and was originally used for training racehorses when Wandlebury was a stable in the 1800s. It is a beautiful meadow with a new viewing area which offers great views of Cambridge. The other area of the park is 25 acres which was previously used as farmland.
Over the winter, volunteers have planted 2,000 trees and the remaining land is cultivated to be sown with a mixture of grassland seeds to create a rare calcareous grassland, which is a priority habitat for nature conservation. A new path has been created around this area so visitors can enjoy the views and watch nature colonize the new habitat.
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This area is so new it doesn’t even have a name yet and Cambridge Past, Present & Future is offering donors the opportunity to help name this beautiful area.
Ros Aveling, president of the association, is delighted to expand the park. He said: “Thanks to the generous supporters and hard work of our team, this wonderful campaign is now open to the public.
“What’s also great is that this project is helping to restore nature, absorb carbon and improve our environment, not just for us but for future generations. It’s part of our collaborative effort to provide the Cambridge Nature Network, which is a large scale initiative to enable nature to recover in the Cambridge area.
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Award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane, best known for penning ‘The Old Ways: A Journey On Foot’, also helped support the project and cut the ribbon at the opening last Thursday (May 26). He said: “Wandlebury is a marvel: a place where the city comes to breathe. It’s exciting to watch him grow; two new territories open to man and nature today and tomorrow”.
The new land was purchased by the charity with support from donors and supporters and habitat improvement work has been supported by grants for the Cambridge Nature Network from the Government’s Green Recovery Fund and the Nature Recovery Program from NaturalEngland.