Meet the Team

Heritage Lottery FundMy colleagues at Cambridgeshire ACRE are carrying out a series of community consultations across the length of the Ouse Washes landscape area (see also Peter’s recent post here). In addition, we will also have a presence at stands at several local festivals over the summer period.

Sutton in the Isle Village Sign Side 1

Sutton in the Isle Village sign. Source:

To begin with, you can meet the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership team this Saturday (29 June) at Sutton Gault. As part of the Sutton Festival, this Saturday a great programme is planned for Gault Day.

Although focused on local residents and families, the festival would certainly have a wider appeal, with a focus on fun activities and Fenland life. I have reliably been informed that the programme will also include: the annual Duck Race; Pooh Sticks race; a bouncy castle; face painting; kite flying. There will also be Peter Carter, the last Eel Catcher, bringing his punt gun and firing it (apparently);  beehives; displays about old Sutton and village life; plus a remote-controlled helicopter, and a number of classic british motorcycles; and performances by local musicians. For more information about the events and the rest of the activities of the Sutton Feast, see here

So, come and meet me this Saturday to have a chat about what you like about the area or what you think could be improved, fill in one of our consultation surveys, or try to catch some Ouse Washes fish!

Our next display will be at Manea at the very popular Manea Gala. This event will be held two weeks later, Saturday 13 July.

See here for a first impression of what will be on offer that day at the Manea Gala

I hope to see you soon!

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About markatousewasheslps

I am currently coordinating a partnership-led bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (for a circa £600K Heritage Grant bid) focusing on strengthening the unique yet vulnerable natural heritage in the Cambridgeshire Fens surrounding the Old west River, the new 'New Life on the Old West' project. Until recently I was the Programme Manager for the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme, leading on the 1-year development and 3-year delivery phases of the Heritage Lottery Fund grant-aided Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership (OWLP) scheme (from Dec 2012 until March 2017), on behalf of and in close cooperation with a wide range of local, regional and national partner organisations. The Ouse Washes LP's portfolio of 51 projects have focused on: conservation works to historic and natural environmental assets; improving community participation & engagement with the landscape and its heritage; increasing access and learning opportunities; and providing more opportunities for training in traditional land management skills. The overall aim has been to leave a long-term legacy for this fascinating and unique landscape, in the process creating tangible improvements to social, economic and environmental aspects of this landscape, its heritage and communities.

3 thoughts on “Meet the Team

  1. On 6 July is Church Fete in Coveney, can you have a stand there too ?

    • Thanks for the suggestion, Doris. I am afraid I am tied up that day with other things. Good luck on the day!

      On a more general note: we are currently compiling a comprehensive overview of all fetes, festivals and the like in and around the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership area, so we can liaise with as many of these events throughout the next three years of the scheme.

      YOU CAN HELP: please send me an email with the details of your fete/festival; I would be very grateful. Thank you. Mark

  2. At the Sutton Gault festival yesterday a lot of people were keen to talk to me and share their fascinating stories. One of the people I had some good discussions with is Lorna Dupre, active campaigner for the Liberal Democrats in Sutton. She also took some pictures and wrote a blog post about the Ouse Washes scheme:

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