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Caption for Wicken, The Pond C1955: Thatched cottages abound in the pretty village of Wicken. Nearby Wicken Fen is virtually the only remaining piece of natural undrained fenland left. It became a nature reserve in 1899, the first one to be set up by the National Trust. The thatched roofs are of reed harvested from Wicken Fen in the winter months. Another harvest from the fen was buckthorn, vital for charcoal.

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