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The Fens 
naturally marshy region in eastern England
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Instance of natural region
LocationLincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
  • 3,900 km²

52° 29′ 18.24″ N, 0° 13′ 52.32″ W

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For the Parkland in Boston, Massachusetts see Category:Back Bay Fens


The Fens, also known as the Fenland(s), are a naturally marshy region in eastern England. Most of the fens were drained several centuries ago, resulting in a flat, damp, low-lying agricultural region.

A fen is the local name for an individual area of marshland or former marshland and also designates the type of marsh typical of the area, which has neutral or alkaline water chemistry and relatively large quantities of dissolved minerals, but few other plant nutrients.

The Fenland primarily lies around the coast of the Wash; it reaches into two of the nine official regions of England (the East of England and the East Midlands), four ceremonial counties (Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and a small area of Suffolk), eleven District Councils and six postcode areas (LN, PE, CB, IP, NR and NG). The whole occupies an area of nearly 1,500 sq mi (3,900 km2).

Most of the Fenland lies within a few metres of sea level.


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