Monday, 5 December 2011

County Council Wins Funding To Help Protect Important Ancient Monument

The County Council has been given financial backing by Natural England to help protect one of the oldest roads in Cambridgeshire.

A total of £25,000 over five years is being made available for additional management of grass and scrub on the Roman Road. The Roman Road starts in Fulbourn and runs through several parishes towards Haverhill.

The road is no longer used by vehicles, but it is an extremely popular right of way used by walkers, riders and runners. But unfortunately it has become somewhat overgrown.

The road is also a site of national archaeological significance, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is known for the variety of flora and fauna which make it their home. The overgrowth has been damaging both the historic and natural features of the road.

Cambridgeshire County Council's Team Leader for countryside access, Kate Day, said: "We have long worked with national partners such as Natural England and English Heritage and locally with the Friends of the Roman Road to keep the road open and available to those looking to get out and about in the countryside.

"But there comes a point when keeping ahead of the scrub becomes an impossible and soul destroying task for volunteers, so we are delighted to have made an agreement with Natural England for the additional funding which will allow us to bring in a contractor to cut back worst of the vegetation and further improve this unique feature of the Cambridgeshire countryside."