The pump house at Dogsthorpe Star Pit SSSI, repaired with finding from the FEF
What is impressive about these projects is that they bring about wider benefits beyond the grant’s original remit
Julie Jeffryes, Care Network
staff from Anglian Water, the Environment Agency and Natural England. CCF shortlisted the applicants, rejecting those who didn’t meet the grant criteria, and helped decide the merits of remaining applicants so we could ensure that the best projects received funding. A range of organisations were awarded funding for exciting projects in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. The smallest and largest grants were both for projects on the River Lark. The former went to buy plants and tools to help volunteers work on ancient water meadows. The latter went to restore an entire stretch of rare chalk stream, and provide opportunities for trout to breed. A grant to the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, meanwhile, will help protect a group of iconic fens in the north of the county. Another grant to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust has helped it to purchase land in the Dereham valley, where we have a water-recycling centre, which it will be able to manage for generations to come. In Cambridgeshire, a grant has been awarded to the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. The grant was awarded to make repairs to the pump house at Dogsthorpe Star Pit SSSI and improve the reserve’s habitats Get in touch
which include scrub, grassland, bare clay, sedge, reedbeds, small pools and open water for the benefit of local wildlife. What’s impressive about these projects is that they bring about wider benefits beyond the grant’s primary aim. Restoring a chalk stream, for example, is great for improving water quality, but it also enhances the view for visitors and expands opportunities for angling. We took into consideration the knock-on benefits of these projects when judging how funds would be allocated. We hope to run the grant fund again and, if we do, we also look forward to working with CCF. Find out more about Anglian Water’s environmental objectives at www.anglianwater.co.uk/environment
Dogsthorpe Star Pit SSSI
THE FORUM / Apr-Jun 2017 / 25
The magazine of Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.