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A profile of our county

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 12:52

A profile of the county of Cambridgeshire

Today’s Cambridgeshire was formed from the historic counties of Cambridgeshire, The Isle of Ely, Huntingdonshire and The Soke of Peterborough.

It now comprises the Districts of Cambridge City, East Cambridgeshire, Fenland, Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire, while Peterborough is a separate unitary council.

Our county remains predominately rural, with a wide variety of English lowland landscapes.  It contains much of the best quality agricultural land in England.  It is a sensitive and fragile landscape of gently rolling clay or limestone hills in the west and south falling to flat open Fen in the north and east.  Wide river valleys with extensive meadows meander across this gentle landscape.

  • Reflecting this variety, the river valleys with extensive meadows meander across this gentle landscape.
  • Reflecting this variety, the villages and market towns also display widely different characters.

It is, however, subject to pressures which threaten its traditional character, particularly from intensive arable farming and development – it is the fastest growing County in the fastest growing region of England.

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