The River Cam CAN

We are working with partners across the city on this new project to help nature and the climate in Cambridge. Our role is to engage local residents in creative opportunities that encourage nature connectedness and support health and well-being, with a focus on those groups who can benefit most.  

City Council tree specialists Matt McGrath and Kenny McGregor led us around Sheep’s Green last November, introducing us to the veteran trees they care for and learn from there. Seeing these magnificent local trees with fresh eyes and a greater understanding of how they support biodiversity has been moving for us all. 


Veteran Tree Walk


Just this week we’ve introduced a small group of girls supported by Abbey People to the Fellows’ Garden of King’s College and walked out from the Addenbrooke’s site with a group of staff, volunteers and colleagues to explore the natural world on the doorstep. Mycelium researcher Dr Jen McGaley has joined us for both these, inviting people to think more deeply about the magical underground canopy that her work makes visible so beautifully.  City Council ecologist Guy Belcher and local ornithologist John Meed joined us too, generously sharing their knowledge of chalk streams, veteran trees and grey partridge. 

Being together like this made me feel safe, nurtured and content.

Addenbrooke's volunteer

Threads of work with these and other groups across the city will come together in the city-wide celebration of community imagination in front of King’s College in March: What would nature do? is an Imaginarium Takeover that we are producing with Cambridge Carbon Footprint and artist Hilary Cox Condron. 

Abbey People 1
Abbey People 2
Addenbrookes Walk

Alongside this work bio-acoustic engineer William Seale has been recording the sounds of nature we often miss in and around King’s College. Sound artist Jake Ziegler will be working with these over this next month to create a special new soundscape for visitors to the Imaginarium


William Seale


Groups from Arbury Primary School and North Cambridge Academy will also be  visiting the King’s College gardens in the next few weeks. 

Thanks to artists Caroline Wendling, Sally Todd, Filipa Pereira-Stubbs and Hilary Cox Condron for all their work supporting these groups, to Dr Jen McGaley for her infectious enthusiasm for all things mycelium, and to Head Gardener Steve Coghill and all his colleagues at King’s College for helping us to share these extraordinary spaces.