The Countryside Reserve offers a great chance to experience changing seasons within a working farm environment and has one of the best local panoramic views across countryside, including the historic skyline of Cambridge and Coton village.
Ash Dieback Disease
Like many local land managers CambridgePPF is sad to see yet another tree disease taking hold in East Anglia/ UK.
We are checking our sites and woodlands and to date we have not yet found any young or old plantings being affected by the Chalara fungus.
However we will be vigilant and further on the lookout - particularly when ash trees are back in leaf in spring 2013. For best background information, identification images and recent updates from the Government - please click here.
Bridging the Gap
Please support us to create a link between west Coton village and the Coton Countryside Reserve.
We have already achieved 2/3 of our fundraising target and have planning permission.Please support us to raise the remaining 1/3!
Coton Countryside Reserve
For new Visitor Guide and newly waymarked routes - please here. [2.5MB]
See also further below for more information about the Reserve.
A grant for the Coton Countryside Reserve will help to create another orchard.
For details - please click here.
Our web-based questionnaire is now closed.
During 2011 we will undertake on site visitor surveys. Alternatively please contact us to let us have your thoughts.
Covering well over 300 acres (120ha) of pasture and agricultural land, the Reserve is located near the village of Coton to the west of Cambridge. With its open sky, large fields and tall hedges there is always interest - wildlife, landscape views and changing skies.
This is an exciting project to develop a new wildlife and farm reserve. Phase 1 was completed in summer 2008. We have created more woodlands, hedge plantings, hay meadows and an orchard corner. The farming operations are designed to be wildlife enhancing and new routes have been introduced to give walkers, cyclists, joggers, disabled persons and horse riders access to the diverse habitats. There is a hilltop picnic area. Thanks to links with adjacent public footpaths and bridleways Coton Countryside reserve is an accessible local green space.
In the 1930s The Society acquired farm land in what is now the Green Belt, at the edge of the City. Initially non-native Weeping Willows, Turkey Oaks and Perry Pears were planted to improve the landscape and some public access was provided. The Second World War, halted further works. Other activities then required the Society's resources but in the late 1990s the Green Spaces Committee of the Society became the driving force behind the Reserve project. The new Countryside Reserve was planned; support was gathered and planning permission obtained in 2003, followed by initial funding for Phase 1 improvement works.
We are grateful to all those who have supported the Phase I improvement works.
More work and support required.
We now plan to continue the work to make further improvements. We
are planning large and small works and are looking for funding, sponsorship
and support for projects such as:
Please use sustainable transport to reach the Coton Countryside Reserve
Foot: Public Footpaths from West Cambridge, Newnham, Coton and Barton.
Bike: Coton Footpath (Harcamlow Way or Wimpole Way); cycle racks are at both main entrances
Bus: use local buses - Citi 4 ( Camborne bus, stop at Coton Turn); or use sightseeing bus and then walk along main road through the village.
Car & Motorbike: access from Barton Road A603 (near M11 Junction 12) to Grantchester Road leading to Coton; ¾ mile from junction use visitor's Martin Car Park on the right (north of Wheatcases Barn & Cottages).
Within the last few years more diverse wildlife habitats have been created, including woodlands and hedge plantings; new hay meadows and an orchard. Wildlife-friendly farming operations and new recreational routes for walkers, cyclists, joggers, disabled persons and horse riders have been introduced. These link with adjacent public footpaths and bridleways - in all making the Reserve an accessible and more enjoyable major public green space.
Guided Walks: Throughout the year we provide guided walks to give deeper insight into the countryside reserve, its wildlife and management
Special Events: We have a programme of events suitable for all ages throughout the year. Please see our Coton Countryside Reserve events page for details.
Group Visits: We welcome visits by groups, schools and other organisations. For further information go to our Education page. To book a visit please e-mail or call the Cambridge Past, Present & Future Office (Tel: 01223 243830)
9.00am and 6.00pm (end March to end October - British Summer Time);
9.00am to 4.00pm in winter (early November to end March).
Closure of gates may be earlier if too dark and gates may be shut before 4.00pm in December, January and February.
Please check notices on the day.
Please also note that the opening hours may be reviewed from time to time.
At the moment parking is free - please consider joining Cambridge PPF to support its activities and the Reserve. Keep your vehicle safe and do not leave any valuables items on display - thieves operate in the area!
Warning! If the gates are locked and your car is left on site, we may not be able to unlock the gates until the next morning.
If you encounter problems please contact us.
Detail location: Post code CB23 7PZ or Ordnance Survey grid reference: TL 414577GB.
Would you like to help the work of Cambridge Past, Present & Future? We are always glad to hear from people who can spare even an hour or two to help. Volunteer support is essential to shape and maintain the Coton Reserve and in particular help is required for surveys of wildlife; practical conservation tasks and research on the history and archaeology of the site. Please go to our Volunteering page for more information about volunteering or other opportunities to help Cambridge Past, Present & Future.
Primarily to protect the local wildlife, please keep to the paths and your dog on the lead at all times. For detailed rules - please refer to Park Rules.
Cambridge Past, Present & Future