Volunteering for the Ouse Washes LP

Heritage Lottery Fund

I have been working on the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership Scheme for two weeks now as a summer placement volunteer. My main role has been working on the community consultations to find out what you know about the area and how it is used by both locals and visitors. We are already beginning to see some trends and it will be interesting to see whether they continue as we visit more local communities. If you would like to be involved then we have an online survey that can be found at;

Here are some of the quotes that we have so far:

‘’On a day like this it is lovely, in the winter it is dismal and grey’’

‘’It is good for walking and clears my head’’

‘’Not much of a view I am afraid’’

’Public transport is not just poor it is non-existent’’

‘’I think it is unique but it would be far better if people knew about it and opening it up would attract more people’’

‘’The birds are lovely to see and my children love spotting the bugs and lizards.  It’s great to be able to walk for a few minutes from my house and I’m in the countryside’’

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How do you use the Ouse Washes landscape? Fill in the survey and let us know. Image by Pete Johnstone for Cambridgeshire ACRE.

What do you think?

We would really like to know what you know about the Ouse Washes area and how you use it, and just as importantly how you would like to use it in the future. Here’s the link again to the online survey:

http://www.smart-survey.co.uk/s/81251HOSCT

During the delivery phase there will be lots of exciting projects that you can get involved with that will enhance the area, its communities and help to highlight and conserve its unique heritage.

Hidden heritage

One of the themes of the project is ‘Hidden Heritage’, we would like to know of any local ‘gems’ that you know of that you think others would be interested in. It may be the stories of someone who has lived in the area for a long time or a landscape feature that has a local story, or anything that you think is interesting. Let us know.

I am looking forward to meeting more of you out in the local communities and to hear your stories and views on the area.

Pete

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