If you've ever taken part in the annual Boundary Walk then you'll know just how long it is. At around 18 miles, the Titchmarsh parish boundary is one of the longest in the county. It stretches from Aldwincle and Thorpe Waterville in the North - all the way down to the outskirts of Keyston in the south. In case you haven't noticed, that's on the other side of the A14! With such a long perimeter it's often easy to forget just how much is going on inside it.
One of the features often overlooked is that we have our very own nature reserve sitting right on our doorstep. A beautiful section of the river Nene winds all the way through it. And yet, for some reason, we hardly know it's there.
All that maybe about to change...
The Nenescape Landscape Partnership is a Heritage Lottery Funded scheme. Its aim is to reveal the hidden stories of the Nene Valley and strengthen the relationships local people and industry have with the river and the extraordinary countryside which surrounds it. Nenescape will tell the story of the Nene corridor through a series of ambitious projects in which they will listen to the past, explore the now, and protect the future. As the project unfolds this will help create a well-managed, understood and appreciated landscape that tells tales of times gone by; inspires a sense of adventure; is easy to explore, rich in wildlife, and resilient to the pressures of on-going population growth.
Expect to hear more about this exciting project soon. In the meantime, if you would like to help, you can start by filling in a very short questionnaire. There are only 10 questions but your answers could help shape the project. The link to the Nenescape website is below. It will take you less than 2 minutes!