Cambridge’s new community joins Open Cambridge


Eddington, Cambridge’s newest neighbourhood in the North-West of the City, is holding a family-friendly day introducing you to tips and tricks to lead a more sustainable life.

Sustainable YOU

Brook Leys parkland at Eddington. Credit: University of Cambridge.

On Saturday 10 September, head on down to Eddington’s Market Square at the centre of the community for a feast of activity and bookable events.

From ecology walking tours with Eddington’s ecologist Mike Dean to a special talk with Professor of Regional Transformation and Economic Security, Shailaja Fennell, as well as a vegan market and your chance to practise a circular economy by taking part in a toy-swap – there is something for everyone!

Professor Shailaja Fennell. Credit: University of Cambridge

“As a new neighbourhood in Cambridge, we are delighted to host a range of free events for the community that support the theme of sustainability. At Eddington, there are unique features that support environmentally sustainable living: but the ethos of Sustainable YOU is to highlight the small and discreet changes that individuals can try to make a difference. Through our range of activities, we hope people can learn, participate or take at least one small lesson that supports a step towards greater sustainability.”

Biky Wan, Public Relations Manager at the University of Cambridge’s Estates Division.

Eddington Market Square. Credit: Phil Mynott

Partners from local charities and organisations will be on hand to provide tips on a range of topics including sustainable travel from the University’s Transport Team, refills to reduce single-use plastics from local business Green Blue You, as well as local wildlife and other charities.

Sarah, who runs the Green Blue You refill stall. Credit: University of Cambridge

Children take part in the Cycling Festival held at Eddington. Credit: University of Cambridge

Members of the public walk around Eddington during an Ecology walk. Credit: University of Cambridge

A young boy on a cycle. Credit: University of Cambridge

A butterfly rests on some lavender. Credit: University of Cambridge

A small boy plays with a toy at the Eddington Toy Swap. Credit: University of Cambridge

What is Eddington?

Eddington, part of the University of Cambridge’s plan to safeguard its future and maintain its reputation as a world leader, is a new community providing much needed housing for University key workers and students as well as the wider community.

The first residents of this neighbourhood were key workers and post-graduate students who moved into their homes in 2017.

Close to the City, Eddington has environmental sustainability and low-carbon living as a guiding principle. Environmental features include an underground waste and recycling storage system, extensive solar panels, as well as active travel planning that has resulted in over 80% of residents travelling to work by bus, foot or bicycle, and initiatives that support local biodiversity.

“It has been a rare pleasure to work on Eddington. Few developments set out with biodiversity targets as ambitious, and even fewer actually achieve them.”

Mike Dean, Project Ecologist at Eddington

“The contribution that Eddington is making to the local biodiversity resource demonstrates what can be done when ecology is a key influence on scheme design and there is a strong commitment to both the protection of existing important features, and the creation and management of new habitats that are ecologically significant and that can be enjoyed by the local community. We hope you can join for a tour as part of the day,” added Dean.

For full activity listings for Sustainable YOU visit

About Open Cambridge

Wildflowers at Eddington. Credit: Sir Cam

Open Cambridge is a celebration of our community, the heritage, history and stories of Cambridge and the surrounding area and provides an inclusive platform to showcase extraordinary spaces, places and people.

Run over ten days and in conjunction with Heritage Open Days, it is designed to offer special access to places that are normally closed to the public or charge admission. The initiative provides an annual opportunity for people to discover the local history and heritage of their community.

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