Fenland covers around 200 square miles and boasts a truly unique history. Reclaimed from the sea through a pioneering drainage project in the 1600s, we have a famously flat landscape and the highest proportion of grade 1 agricultural land in the country.
During the 19th and 20th centuries the agricultural sector boomed and the legacy of this success can be seen in the rich heritage of our market towns - Whittlesey, Chatteris, March and Wisbech.
Aside from agriculture, Fenland is also renowned for its heritage, wildlife, big skies and extensive network of rivers that attract thousands of visitors all year round. The area also boasts Cambridgeshire's only commercial port to sea in Wisbech, making us an attractive destination for businesses as well as tourists who can enjoy a holiday on our many waterways.
Fenland's future is looking bright. Projects like Wisbech 2020 and the Garden Town development are set to improve transport infrastructure, prepare for population growth and boost prosperity, all while raising the profile of the town and wider Fenland area. A new £7 million engineering training facility at The College of West Anglia has recently been completed that will equip the current and future workforce with the skills they need to support our vibrant manufacturing industry.
In north Cambridgeshire, nestled between Lincolnshire and Norfolk, Fenland's location provides easy access to the urban centres of Peterborough, Norwich, King's Lynn and Cambridge, so people can enjoy the best of both worlds.
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