Creative Arts project gets creative!

The LOHP's creative arts group, masterminded by the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, is up and running after a series of meetings and field visits. They have chosen three strands for their work:
  • Writers and Photographers - collaborating together on journeys through the Little Ouse valley.
  • The Mille Fleurs ("1000 flowers") visual art project where a diversity of work will be made into a frieze of 1000 pieces, each focusing on a single animal, plant, seed, leaf or other living subject from the valley.
  • Music and performance - poets, musicians and other performers will produce podcasts or live performances to celebrate the valley.

For more information and to get involved click here

Release date: Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fun, Food, Fens and Folk on the Frith

The LOHP celebrated its 10th anniversary in style and good company with an open afternoon of demonstrations, displays and games exploring the role that the fens used to play in the lives of local people and the impact that changes in farming had on local wildlife and landscape. Our 'birthday bunting' flag competition was judged by Richard Mabey - congratulations to the winners who were: winners were May Seldis (under 8), Beech Tree class from Garboldisham Primary School (8-11), Rachel Brown (12-17) and Sue Lawrence (adult). The day ended with folk music from Two's Company, distictively Norfolk bluegrass from Ben Grizzly and the Looseleaf Drifters and a Ceilidh from the excellent and entertaining Cambridge University Ceilidh Band

Release date: Sunday, September 2, 2012

New Creative Arts Project launched

coppice & pollard Anna C.

In collaboration with the Sainsbury Centre, the LOHPs new creative group will bring together a wide range of creative people to produce work which reflects the wildlife, landscape and social history of this fabulous area. All those interested in visual arts such as painting, drawing, sculpture and photography, through to literary work, poetry, prose and drama, or music, sound and other media are welcome, whether you are a well established artist or just starting to explore your creative potential. Inviting artists will discuss participant’s work throughout the project. Click here for forthcoming events. An exhibition will showcase the work in late 2013.

Release date: Sunday, June 17, 2012

Lapwings give thumbs up to Webbs Fen restoration

Lapwings in the sky

Three pairs of lapwings recently endorsed the newly restored wetland areas of Webbs Fen by deciding to nest there. Breeding numbers of these once-common and lovely birds, with their haunting pee-wit cry and 'tumbling' display, have declined continuously on lowland farmland in the UK since the mid-1980s. Because of this they are now 'red listed' in the UK.  Sadly, we not optimistic about our lapwings' chances. The eggs are very likely to be lost to predation by the very large, local carrion crow population, which has thrived on broadcast pig food on local pig farms.

Release date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012


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