News and Events

June 21st: Re-dedicating the Rights of the River Cam

  • Posted on: 19 May 2023
  • By: Susan
Invitation to celebrate the rights of the Cam on June 21st from 4.30-9.30

We are rededicating the rights of the river Cam and its tributaries, on Jesus Green on Midsummer's Eve, at 6pm. From 4.30 until 9.30pm there will be wonderful singers, musicians, campaigners speaking, art activities for all ages, and story telling. The programme will open with drumming and be followed by some local campaigners telling us about their successes, and campaigners still fighting at Honey Hill, the Wensum Link in Norwich, and the Gaywood River in West Norfolk.

Queen's College development at Owlstone Croft is turned down

  • Posted on: 7 February 2023
  • By: Susan

Cambridge City Planning Committee turned down the application by Queens College for a new development of student housing, which would have involved the demolition of existing student housing and a recently constructed nursery. Friends of the Cam was one of the local groups, and 2000 signatories to a petition, which opposed its construction based on the likely disruption to Paradise Nature Reserve, including its rare biodiversity and valuable wetland.  FotC steering group member Jean Glasberg was a key opponent of the scheme, as a member of Friends of Paradise Nature Reserve.

Hothouse Earth: an inhabitant's guide

  • Posted on: 7 February 2023
  • By: Susan

30 March 2023, 6.30-pm. St Philips Church Centre, Mill Road, Cambridge. Booking (and directions) at Eventbrite here

Bill McGuire talks about the magnitude of the climate emergency facing us and what we can do about this, based on his latest book Hothouse Earth. Cambridge is located in one of the most vulnerable parts of the UK - its hottest, most low-lying, and most drought prone region - and yet those who govern us, invest in and plan for the area fail to address this.

CVF draws attention to poor water quality

  • Posted on: 23 November 2022
  • By: Susan

The latest Cam Valley Forum newsletter draws attention to pollution in the Cam. In its response to the Anglian Water DWMP Consultation, CVF has established elevated counts of indicator bacteria suggesting microbial faecal source material pollution. During data collection untreated sewage was witnessed being discharged into the Cam. The Citizen Science project collected samples from 47 sites over 16 parishes on 7 occasions over a period of 16 months, which were analysed at a specialist laboratory.

Environmental legislation post-Brexit: an environmental activist's guide

  • Posted on: 16 September 2022
  • By: monica
Lisa Foster

Lisa Foster, a Partner with Richard Buxton Solicitors, offered unique insights into post-Brexit legislation, specifically the The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill, and the Environment Act (EA)2021, and what these mean for those involved in environmental activism and campaigning. A recording of her talk and the Q&A can be found on Friends of the Cam YouTube channel here.

Northstowe Phase 3A and 3B

  • Posted on: 4 July 2022
  • By: monica

Friends of the Cam fully understands the concerns of the communities of Longstanton, Swavesey and Northstowe with respect to the damage being done to important village buildings, to the drying up of local ponds and other water bodies which must be restored, and to the damage already done to the underlying aquifer and the resulting effects on trees, plants, wildlife and local farm businesses. The damage to local groundwater has been fully documented in the report by HR Wallingford commissioned by South Cambs. District Council (SCDC).