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Grant brings plants, colour and wildlife to Lakenheath Fen

Lakenheath Fen ANL-140422-155254001

Lakenheath Fen ANL-140422-155254001

A £55,000 grant will give visitors to Lakenheath Fen a special insight into native plants and allow them quietly admire the reserve’s wildlife.

A £55,000 grant will give visitors to Lakenheath Fen a special insight into native plants and allow them quietly admire the reserve’s wildlife.

The funds, given by Waste Recycling Environmental, have paid for specialist plant beds, a new trail and the reserve’s first hide.

Communications officer at Lakenheath Fen, David White, said: “We are very thankful to WREN for their extremely generous grant towards visitor improvements. Mere Hide has been extremely popular and the plant beds are the icing on the cake! I am sure they will be a source of fascination for many reserve visitors.”

The three plant beds have been built on the visitor centre lawn, each with a specific theme.

One has been planted with water-loving pond plants, the second with peat-loving Fenland plants and the third with sand-loving Brecks plants.

A fourth bed has been planted with wildlife-friendly plants that demonstrate how nature can be given a home in any garden.

Mr White said: “These fantastic plant beds provide the reserve’s visitors with a special insight into the plants of the local area.

“They showcase the importance of the location of the reserve, which is on the border between the peaty Fens and the sandy Brecks.

“The sandy Brecks bed is my personal favourite as it contains come really special plants. Although some of them tiny, they are very rare and fascinating to see close-up.”

 

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