A volunteer-run charity which manages land to protect and restore threatened parts the local landscape and its wildlife is excited about its latest five-and-a-half acre land purchase.
The Little Ouse Headwaters Project (LOHP) has purchased New Fen in Thelnetham, thanks to a £75,000 Heritage Lottery Fund. The land is next to its existing parcels of land in Thelnetham, the Thelnetham Fen nature reserve, which is internationally important for its rare plants and animals.
Dr Jo-Anne Pitt, LOHP chairman said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund again, and our volunteers are looking forward to the challenge of starting to restore the new land as part of the complex of wonderful wildlife sites in Thelnetham and Blo’ Norton.”
She said the money was part of a £122,000 funding boost for the LOHP which would also help restore the area and train volunteers.
The LOHP manages 166 acres of land on the Suffolk/Norfolk border for conservation and public access, 52 acres of which is owned by the charity.