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What's new at Nene Park for January 2021?

Sheep, floods and coping with another lockdown - it's January's update from our friends at Nene Park!
Some new inhabitants at the Nene Park Trust's Rural Estate - and there'll be lambs along in spring!

New year, new lockdown!

Despite entering another national lockdown, we are pleased that Nene Park can continue to stay open for local residents to enjoy for their daily exercise. The car parks, toilet blocks and play areas will remain open and takeaway facilities are available at the Ferry Meadows Café and Lakeside Kitchen and Bar. A duty ranger will be in operation each day.

The visitor centre and Nene Outdoors Watersports and Activity Centre will be closed until further notice, however our online shop is open for orders as usual!

Government guidance for the current lockdown explains that people can travel for exercise, as long as they remain in their local area. Please do follow this advice and also ensure that you adhere to our social distancing measures when visiting the Park, for the safety of yourself and all other visitors. Visit our Covid-19 Park FAQs to find out more.

Flooding update

December saw some extremely high flooding across all areas of Nene Park and following even more heavy rain recently, water levels remain high in some areas of the Park. Please keep an eye on our website and social media for updates on which paths are accessible.

Our Park Management Team are working hard to clear the rubbish spread by the floodwater and repairing any damage caused.

Did you know that Nene Park was designed to act as a flood defence for the city?

nene-floods-jan-2021Nene Park is still recovering from the heavy rains and flooding to hit the city in December and January. By Nene Park

New shared farming partnership to ensure a sustainable future for the Rural Estate

Regular visitors to the Rural Estate will have noticed our new residents – a flock of 250 Lleyn sheep! This is the first chapter of an exciting partnership between farmers Craig and Ryan Baxter and Nene Park Trust, which aims to deliver truly sustainable livestock farming, in harmony with nature. This means protecting, preserving and improving the Rural Estate using breeds of livestock native to Great Britain, on pastures that are already rich with wildflowers, insects and wildlife.

The Lleyn sheep will be expecting lambs in the spring and later this year a small Hebridean flock will be introduced – these are charming little horned sheep that are fantastic for habitat restoration and management.

Our new farmers have been delighted to see how many people are getting out into the countryside and using the extensive network of footpaths in the estate. They only ask that you continue to enjoy the area responsibly, with dogs on leads – it is important that the sheep enjoy a peaceful and safe pregnancy as the spring approaches.

New monthly photography competitions for 2021

Following the success of our 2020 monthly photography competitions, Nene Park is excited to announce the launch of a new competition for 2021. This time we've added the exciting twist of a monthly theme to encourage photographers to think outside the box, search for seasonal nature and wildlife and visit the different areas of our beautiful Park.

The theme for January is sunrises or sunsets. Each monthly winner will receive a £20 voucher to spend at the visitor centre and gift shop as well as the accolade of their photograph being shared on our social media pages and featuring in the 2022 Nene Park fundraising calendar. Visit our website for all the details.