Local Heritage Initiative

The Local Heritage Initiative is a joint initiative of the Countryside Agency, Nationwide and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Local Heritage Initiative helps communities bring their local heritage alive. It helps them care for the special features that make each locality as unique as a fingerprint. It gives communities funds, advice and support to do this. At the same time, it is collecting records and stories from the projects to create a national archive of England's rich and diverse local heritage. This means that future generations can enjoy today's local heritage too.

The Countryside Agency

The Countryside Agency is the statutory champion and watchdog working to make:
- The quality of life better for people in the countryside
- The quality of the countryside better for everyone


Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund enables all of us to celebrate, look after and learn more about our diverse heritage. From our great museums and historic buildings to local parks or recording and celebrating traditions and customs, HLF grants open up our nation's heritage for everyone to enjoy.

Groups Involved in CEAG


Cottenham Village Design Group

The Cottenham Village Design Group was formed in 1993, with assistance from the Countryside Commission, to give local people a voice in helping to protect and enhance the Village and its environment in the face of change and expansion.

Cottenham Wildlife Group

The Group is the Cottenham Area Group of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Peterborough Wildlife Trust and nominally covers the catchment area of Cottenham Village College - some 150 + members of the Trust are resident in that area.

Events (of whatever nature) are open to all members of the Trust and the public but are generally centred on Cottenham Village College and aimed at the local membership. In that way the Group is the local focus of the Trust and aims to service the local members [and members of the local public] by providing indoor and outdoor wildlife-related events, local specialist knowledge in various aspects of natural history, access to many other sources of information , a two-way communication link with the Trust, etc.
Events include illustrated talks and workshops, guided walks, plant sales and reserve work parties.

Contact: Peter Pilbeam 01954-251544


Cottenham Footpath Group

Cottenham Footpath Group, started in 1985, is a loose association of local people with an interest in walking. We have no committee and no formal membership but we are members of the Fen Edge Community Association. We organise seven or eight local walks a year and two weekends away in areas different from our own, involving around 100 participants each year.

We do an annual survey of all the local footpaths, coordinate these findings, report them to the County Council and apply for an annual grant to have necessary repairs carried out. This includes construction and maintenance of stiles and cutting of the grass during the summer months.

Our map of local footpaths was first published seven years ago, since when approximately 3000 copies have been distributed.

Other Acknowledgements


Cottenham Village College


The Curwen Print Studio

Richard Heeps Photography