Fenland is a local government district in Cambridgeshire, England. Its council is based in March, and covers the neighbouring market towns of Chatteris, Whittlesey, and Wisbech (often called the "capital of the fens" [http://www.wisbech-town.co.uk/] ). The district covers around 500 square kilometres of mostly agricultural land in the extremely flat Fens.

It was formed in April 1, 1974, with the merger of the Borough of Wisbech, Chatteris Urban District, March Urban District, Whittlesey Urban District, North Witchford Rural District and Wisbech Rural District.Fact|date=July 2007


The Fenland economy has for years been built upon farming and food related industry. The food industry is now well established, and related processing, storage, packaging and distribution has become more sophisticated and diverse. The predominantly rural economy of the area has also included a strong industrial tradition, including brick making, printing and engineering, but many Fenland residents already travel outside the area to work.

As growth of the local economy from Cambridge continues, the pressure for outsourcing of industry, housing and jobs is expected to move northwardsFact|date=July 2007. Chatteris will be given priority for economic regeneration in the Cambridge sub-regionFact|date=July 2007 and further housing allocations will be dependent on improving job prospects.


Fenland is twinned with:

*Stadt Nettetal in Kreis Viersen in Germany

*Cook County, New Zealand

ee also

* The Fens

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  • Fenland — District Lage in Cambridgeshire Status District Region East of England Verw.grafschaft Cambridgeshire …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • fenland — UK [ˈfenlænd] / US [ˈfenˌlænd] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms fenland : singular fenland plural fenlands a large area of wet flat land, especially in eastern England …   English dictionary

  • fenland — noun Date: before 12th century an area of low often marshy ground …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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