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"Map" of nature reserve built entirely from Lego!

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A giant 3D map of one of Europe's biggest nature reserves has been built in Cambridgeshire and all from Lego.

The Great Fen model is the brainchild of Mark Addis and Catherine Weightman from Huntingdon and it was built by a team of local children.

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It's made from around a million pieces of lego and is on display at Hinchingbrooke Country Park.

The project aims to raise money for conservation work by the Wildlife Trust.

"We've had a whole series of workshops for children, 120 children a day who've been making all sorts of little figures to put on the great fen. So we've had insects and birds and hedgehogs and loads of ducks and Catherine tells us there's over a million pieces here on the table."

– KATE CARVER, GREAT FEN PROJECT MANAGER

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Northampton celebrates the Chinese New Year

The celebrations are in full swing in Northampton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northampton has been celebrating the Chinese New Year at the town's Market Square.

Organised by the Northamptonshire Chinese Society with support from the borough Council, the event involved a mix of traditional entertainment including dragon and lion dances, acrobats and martial arts demonstrations.

It followed the success of Northampton's first-ever Chinese New Year celebration back in 2015, which attracted more than 7,000 visitors.

MP backs campaign to save historic Suffolk pier

James Cartlidge is supporting the campaign to save Shotley pier. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Suffolk MP has joined a fundraising campaign to save the Victorian pier at Shotley.

South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge is supporting the Shotley Heritage Charitable Community Benefit Society that wants to buy the 122-year-old structure for £100,000.

It will need another £300,000 spent on it to restore it fully.

The group hope to be able to purchase the site by this spring and start restoring it as soon as possible.

Shotley has won village of the year because they came together as a community and now they're doing the same with the pier.

I think both projects are excellent.

– James Cartlidge MP, South Suffolk, Con

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Is that actor a little wooden? No, it's a robot: stage play to feature droid

Theatre goers in Cambridge and Luton will be able to see a love story with a difference.

The play 'Spillikin: a love story' features a robot actor in the cast. It's about an elderly lady with Alzheimer's being looked after by a robot.

The production has already been at Suffolk's Latitude Festival but will be at the Cambridge Junction next week and at Luton's Hat Factory in April.

Dying Colchester man with MND raises thousands through birthday card wish

A man from Colchester who has Motor Neurone Disease has received more than 1,350 birthday cards from well-wishers and raised more that £5,000.

Steve Hoggarth asked the public to help him celebrate his 47th and potentially last birthday, by sending him as many cards as possible.

He asked people for donations, so the money could go to charities who've helped him through the past year.

If you still want to send a card you can send them to Steve at: 3 Perth Close Colchester CO2 8UH

New 'Centre for elephant care' to open at Whipsnade Zoo

New 'Centre for elephant care' to open Credit: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

The elephants at Whipsnade Zoo near Dunstable will be packing their trunks this spring to move into a £2million enclosure.

The 'Centre for Elephant Care' will feature a new barn and viewing platform for visitors, all set in 20 acres of grass paddocks.

The new centre includes the following:

  • Soft sand flooring for comfort
  • Dimming lights to mimic night-time conditions
  • Feeding pods to release food regularly during the night
  • Six giaan oak trees for scratching posts.

The new centre will also have balcony viewing so visitors can watch the her. It's due to open at Easter.

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