Great Fen Steering Group


Great Fen Steering Group

Large blue butterfly - Ross Hoddinott/2020VISION

At the start of the century, five organisations joined together to conceive the Great Fen vision. Between them, they could provide insight and expertise in conservation, recreation, business and tourism, flood protection, water management, community and visitor engagement.

The organisations formed the Great Fen Steering Group, and continue to meet regularly to guide restoration and developments. The project is brought together and led by the Wildlife Trust BCN - a local charity.


Environment Agency

Environment Agency (EA) is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA). 

Within England EA are responsible for:

  • regulating major industry and waste
  • treatment of contaminated land
  • water quality and resources
  • fisheries
  • inland river, estuary and harbour navigations
  • conservation and ecology

We are also responsible for managing the risk of flooding from main rivers, reservoirs, estuaries and the sea.

Find out more on the EA website

Huntingdonshire District Council 

Huntingdonshire District Council is responsible for the Huntingdonshire Local Plan which outlines a strategic approach to development and green spaces in Huntingdonshire. 

Find out more on the HDC website

Middle Level Commissioners 

The Middle Level Commissioners are a statutory corporation. 

The Commissioners’ primary functions comprise the provision of flood defence and water level management to the Middle Level area, and as navigation authority for the navigable waters of the Middle Level system. The Commissioners have also certain conservation duties to fulfil when undertaking their functions.

The Middle Level Commissioners consist of representatives from both the agricultural and non-agricultural sectors. 

Find out more on the Middle Level Commissioners website


Natural England  

Natural England  are the government's adviser for the natural environment in England, helping to protect England's nature and landscapes for people to enjoy and for the services they provide. Natural England is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

Manage Woodwalton Fen NNR and Holme Fen NNR

Find out more on the Natural England website

The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire (BCN) is a local conservation charity working to restore wildlife with the ambition of creating a wilder future. The Wildlife Trust BCN are funded through donations and the kind support of over 33,000 members across the three counties.

Find out more about the Wildlife Trust BCN