History of Coton Countryside Reserve
In the 1930s, using money from a legacy provided by Professor George M Trevelyan, CambridgePPF acquired farmland at Coton to help prevent urban sprawl. Immediate steps were taken to improve the landscape but work halted with the onset of World War II. In the years that followed the charity turned its attention to acquiring and improving land south of Cambridge in the Gog Magog Hills – now Wandlebury Country Park.
In the late 1990s CambridgePPF turned its attention back to Coton, gaining planning permission to create a new reserve. Financial support was received from Marshalls of Cambridge Ltd and grants were obtained from central and local government, the University of Cambridge, businesses and individuals including Miss Audrey Martin, who left a generous legacy donation.
In 2010 a new farm tenant was appointed. Trumpington Farm Company now works the land in a wildlife-friendly way, adhering to Countryside Stewardship and Entry Level Schemes administered by Natural England. New access points and recreational routes have been introduced for walkers, cyclists, joggers, pram users, disabled people and horse riders, creating a major public green space within easy reach of Cambridge and nearby villages.