Update 22nd January 2021

Dear all,

Feargal Sharkey talk December, 2020

Feargal Sharkey has galvanised concern about abstraction, pollution and the failure of regulation killing the Cam and its tributaries.

Over three hundred people attended the talk on Zoom, see link below. Terry Macalister’s  introduction to Feargal begins at 6mins 15 secs.


Dotty Mcleod of BBC Breakfast followed up with an interview. See link.



9 Feb, Saving the Cam, Kim Wilkie talk , 6pm – 7.30


On Tuesday 9 Feb, Kim Wilkie, widely regarded as one of the UK’s top landscape architects, will lead a community debate, hosted by The Friends of the River Cam, on how to protect the Cam and keep its tributaries and supporting ecosystems healthy.

Kim is a prolific landscape architect who works on large-scale projects in the UK and internationally, in both public and private spaces. He works on a scale that is beyond the experience of most designers, for example, designing the green spaces around an entire new city in Oman. [i]

Kim worked with local communities to develop the Thames Landscape Strategy, Hampton to Kew, that set out to celebrate and understand the exceptional character of the Thames and create a 100 year strategic vision for the river corridor that would stand the test of time. How can we do the same thing for the Cam?

Over 200 people attended his earlier talk in Cambridge on ‘Making a Happy City’, hosted by FeCRA. He said respecting the Cam’s unique heritage and its green river corridor was key to making Cambridge a ‘happy city’.

See link below for the film of his talk.


The photo of cows by the Cam at Sheep’s Green on the eventbrite invitation is by landscape architect Tom Turner, who describes Cambridge’s medieval urban green spaces as equivalent to the best art in the Fitzwilliam Museum. There are concerns that proposals for new river parks may mean the cows will go from the water meadows.

The Friends of the Cam are inviting groups and individuals to sign up to The Cam River Charter. See eventbrite link.


We look forward to seeing you on February 9th at 6pm.

Best wishes,


[i] https://rootsandall.co.uk/portfolio-item/podcast-41-kim-wilkie-led-by-the-land/

Wendy Blythe

Chair, FeCRA

Wendy Blythe

Chair, FeCRA




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