Hopes to boost tourism to Fenland

Swans at Welney. Photograph by Sacha Dench ANL-150123-165803001
Swans at Welney. Photograph by Sacha Dench ANL-150123-165803001

Tourists could be cycling to Fenland attractions and then getting a bus back under new proposals.

People who do not have a car currently find it difficult to get to important attractions such as WWT Welney.

But a feasibility study into projects which could make the most of the public transport options in the Fenland area has been launched.

The study could be looking at bike-bus days, which have recently been tried in Cambridgeshire, along with looking at railway station links.

Peter Bates, of pjb Associates has received £1,500 from the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership to go towards the costs of the study.

The partnership, which received a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2014, has also supported other projects in the area.

Project Hereward, which aims to re-open the waterway between Welches Dam and Horseway Forty Foot Drain, has also received a boost.

The scheme has been given £1,000 to create a film using drone footage of the waterway.

This will be shown on websites along with the Ouse Fest, which will be held in July.

A further grant has also been given to Fen Speak to run events.The charity has received £1,500 to put on a poetry workshop and reading along with a competition at WWT Welney.

The partnership has previously supported 22 exciting community projects, including a heritage orchard at Sandgate Meadow Park by Welney RUG.