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Conservation Charity Awards Grants to Cumbria Projects

The Lake District Foundation, the local organisation helping look after nature and culture in the Lake District and Cumbria, have awarded grants to 13 projects across Cumbria, part of their latest grant funding initiative. 

The successful projects have each been awarded between £250 – £500 from the small grants fund which was launched earlier this year. The funding call attracted a lot of interest, but the Lake District Foundation focused on projects that shared the charity’s goal; that the Lake District and Cumbria will be an inspirational example of sustainable development in action, to support a prosperous local economy, world-class visitor experiences and in a place where vibrant communities come together to sustain its spectacular landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage. 

Sarah Swindley, Lake District Foundation’s CEO said, “Thank-you to everyone who applied and congratulations to all those who were successful. We were thrilled with the amount of interest in the fund and delighted we can support community and volunteer-led groups who are delivering practical conservation and some with a youth focus. I would also like to extend a thank-you to all the Cumbrian businesses and visitors who help to make this funding available. We look forward to sharing the stories and impact the funding will have”

The 13 projects selected all have a different focus from butterfly gardens, Celtic shelter rebuilds, red squirrel conservation, orchards to wildflowers. A brief summary of each can be found below but you can find further information and keep in touch with the projects’ impacts at lakedistrictfoundation.org

  • Phoenix Park Butterfly Garden – TWIG (Trees for Wigton). The project has been designed by local volunteers to creating a butterfly and bee garden. The garden will provide protective habitats for all lifecycle stages, and will include elements of a sensory garden which can be used by local organisations for people with special needs and will provide a park focal point. 
  • Celtic Shelter rebuild – Friends of Dubwath Silver MeadowsThis volunteer led project will see repair of a Celtic shelter in the heart of Dubwath Silver Meadows Nature reserve. The shelter is an important resource, enabling more people to access the reserves and take shelter whilst watching the wildlife. 
  • Thermal Imaging Camera Conservation Campaign  – Binsey Red Squirrel GroupThe grant will allow the group to purchase a thermal imaging camera so that they can increase the efficiency of their conservation efforts and improve monitoring and reporting.  
  • Rewilding the Roadside – Rusland RewildingThe Blooming Hedgerow Project will disperse indigenous wildflower seed along the edge of country lanes in an area of Rusland from Tottlebank to Oxen Park (roughly 4km).  The aim is to repopulate the roadside hedgerow and verge with a range of indigenous wildflowers, which will make up for the loss of biodiversity in the valley created by the long-term use of weedkiller and fertiliser.  
  • Education For Conservation – Keswick Red Squirrel Group (KRSG)The grant will allow KSRGs project to develop a partnership with Borrowdale Primary School, which has around 40 pupils, to involve & educate children in red squirrel conservation efforts, working with the school to make red squirrels a part of the children’s outdoor activities as much as possible.  
  • Rothay Park Wildflower Meadow – Ambleside Action for a Future (Growing Group)This project, led by volunteers, will create a small wildflower meadow in Rothay Park, containing native grasses, wildflowers, and bog plants, bounded by a small stream, approximate size 100 square metres. 
  • The Rusland Valley Trust Outreach Project – The Rusland Horizons Trust Ltd. The aim of this project is to work with Furness College students to offer disadvantaged young people a chance to learn about and to restore a native woodland landscape.  
  • Charles Gough Path Interpretation Boards – Sockbridge & Tirril Parish Council, Community Led Plan TeamThe grant has supported installation of 2 interpretation boards to inform walkers on the route, which was created in 2020 thanks to access permission from Lowther Estate, about the different species of trees which were planted, and the benefits of planting trees, and the view from the highest point of the route: the mountains of the Lake District and the Pennines.  
  • St Matthew’s Forest School Group – St Matthew’s C of E primary SchoolThis project will allow school children to be able to grow their own fruit and vegetable produce, building planters and a coldframe. This project is needed to help to teach and develop children’s understanding of where and how the food they eat and enjoy is produced.  
  • The Bee Team Community Orchard – The Bee TeamThe aim of The Bee Team is to inspire a love, respect and understanding of all things to do with nature and the environment – not just bees. Their mission this year is to involve the children and the community in ‘growing their own’ – herbs, fruit and vegetables.  
  • Saving our native reds – Sedbergh red squirrels. The volunteer rangers will use funding to set up and maintain any feeders for anyone within the community and aim to encourage people to get involved in this very important conservation project, and provide squirrel food to help conservation efforts. 
  • Helping pollinators in Glenridding – Ullswater Catchment Management CIC.  The local parish council and community have recently taken control of Jenkins Field in Glenridding to provide a source of sustainable funds towards the community by hosting events, and a large area is to be left as a wildlife area. The funds will support the creation of a wildflower meadow, re-instating plants to help benefit pollinator species.  
  • Ullswater ‘Then and Now’ – Friends of Ullswater WayFOUW undertook a survey in January/February 2020 to determine the Ullswater communities’ interest in promoting cultural heritage. There was overwhelming support and the community decided to create an Ullswater Heritage Knowledge Bank and Website. Support from LDF will further the community engagement and involvement in the project including creation of materials for a roadshow illustrating Ullswater ‘Then and Now’ cultural and landscape changes over time on various themes such as Farming, Tourism, Wordsworth, Industrial Heritage, Education, and Woodlands selected from the Heritage Knowledge Bank. 

If you wish to donate to the Lake District Foundation to help support future local community project you can do so online via their website  lakedistrictfoundation.org or text LOVELAKES to 70085 and donate £5*. A small donation makes a big impact.  

Grants Awarded To Local Projects 2021

We have awarded grants to 13 projects across Cumbria which is part of our latest grant funding initiative in 2021. The successful projects have each been awarded between £250 – £500 from the small grants fund.

The projects which have been successful share our charity’s goal; that the Lake District and Cumbria will be an inspirational example of sustainable development in action, to support a prosperous local economy, world-class visitor experiences and in a place where vibrant communities come together to sustain its spectacular landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage. 

A brief summary of each can be found below:

Phoenix Park Butterfly Garden TWIG (Trees for Wigton) 

Creating a butterfly and bee garden. The garden will provide protective habitats for all lifecycle stages, and will include elements of a sensory garden which can be used by local organisations for people with special needs and will provide a park focal point. The project has been designed by local volunteers. Local schools, youth clubs and groups with special needs will be involved in wildflower planting. 

Celtic Shelter rebuild Friends of Dubwath Silver Meadows

This volunteer led project will see repair of a Celtic shelter in the heart of Dubwath Silver Meadows Nature reserve. The shelter is an important resource, enabling more people to access the reserves and take shelter whilst watching the wildlife. This environmentally friendly construction will last for at least another 10 years once rebuilt. 

Thermal Imaging Camera Conservation Campaign – Binsey Red Squirrel Group

We have supported Binsey Red Squirrel group to buy a thermal imaging camera so that they can increase the efficiency of their conservation efforts and improve monitoring and reporting. Red squirrels are classed as Near Threatened in England, without conservation management they could be extinct in 10 years (Final Red Squirrels United Technical Report to LIFE, 2020). A thermal imaging camera will help identify squirrels high in the canopy, in dense foliage or in low light conditions. They are also able to use them to check drey’s to look for nesting & young reds in a non-invasive way. 

Rewilding the Roadside Rusland Rewilding

The Blooming Hedgerow Project will disperse indigenous wildflower seed along the edge of country lanes in an area of Rusland from Tottlebank to Oxen Park (roughly 4km).   The aim of the project is to repopulate the roadside hedgerow and verge with a range of indigenous wildflowers, which will make up for the loss of biodiversity in the valley created by the long-term use of weedkiller and fertiliser. This new corridor will extend biodiversity, offer connective habitats for invertebrates and create a beautiful floral avenue.  If successful, the project could be further extended. 

Education For Conservation Keswick Red Squirrel Group (KRSG) 

We have supported KSRGs project to develop a partnership with Borrowdale Primary School, which has around 40 pupils, to involve & educate children in red squirrel conservation efforts, working with the school to make red squirrels a part of the children’s outdoor activities as much as possible. Children will take part in practical projects such as setting up feeders, cameras and recording their sightings of red and grey squirrels which will link to the groups work and recordings, helping them feel that they are making a difference. 

Rothay Park Wildflower Meadow Ambleside Action for a Future (Growing Group) 

This project will create a small wildflower meadow in Rothay Park, containing native grasses, wildflowers, and bog plants, bounded by a small stream, approximate size 100 square metres. All work will be done by volunteers who have already delivered several small projects including a flower planter box, a chat bench and a small orchard of apple and plum trees. 

The Rusland Valley Trust Outreach Project The Rusland Horizons Trust Ltd  

The aim of this project is to work with Furness College students to offer disadvantaged young people a chance to learn about and to restore a native woodland landscape. They will have the opportunity to undertake practical work, learn new skills and enhance their personal wellbeing . The activities will also demonstrate to them the potential for non-urban careers working in the natural landscape. This project offers low income and disadvantaged students, with little exposure to the natural world, the chance to better understand and help protect these amazing ecosystems thus contributing to the health and future resilience of native woodland 

Charles Gough Path Interpretation Boards Sockbridge & Tirril Parish Council, Community Led Plan Team

A Parish Circular Path was created in 2020 when Lowther Estates gave permission for a path from Highfield to Celleron, to link existing PRoWs. New gates, fingerposts and direction indicators were installed.  a riparian zone of 4,500 m2 was fenced off, and 16 volunteers planted 300 trees. The LDF have supported installation of 2 interpretation boards to inform walkers on the route about the different species of trees which were planted, and the benefits of planting trees, and the view from the highest point of the route: the mountains of the Lake District and the Pennines. 

St Matthew’s Forest School Group St Matthew’s C of E primary School

This project will allow school children to be able to grow their own fruit and vegetable produce, building planters and a coldframe. This project is needed to help to teach and develop children’s understanding of where and how their food they eat and enjoy is produced. The group have already transformed an empty school field by adding a garden shed, a willow home, and a garden area for growing, plus about 100 saplings around school. 

The Bee Team Community Orchard The Bee Team

The aim of The Bee Team is to inspire a love, respect and understanding of all things to do with nature and the environment – not just bees. Their mission this year is to involve the children and the community in ‘growing their own’ – herbs, fruit and vegetables. The planting and nurturing of such products will not only provide forage for the bees, spread the message of the importance of pollinators, but show our children where their food comes from. The funding from LDF will be used to purchase and install water saving systems and solar panels for the education shed. 

Saving our native reds Sedbergh red squirrels

Sedbergh Red Squirrel Group raise awareness amongst the local community of the threats to the native red squirrel population in the area. Their volunteer rangers will use funding to set up and maintain any feeders for anyone within our community and we aim to encourage people to get involved in this very important conservation project, and provide squirrel food to help conservation efforts. 

Helping pollinators in Glenridding Ullswater Catchment Management CIC 

The local parish council and community have recently taken control of Jenkins Field in Glenridding to provide a source of sustainable funds towards the community by hosting events, and a large area is to be left as a wildlife area and managed in a manner which will encourage species diversity and wild flower re-instating to help benefit pollinator species. Much of the local farm land is now farmed for silage and therefore consists of far fewer species of grasses and flowers. The community will be heavily involved in the creation and maintenance of the wild area. 

Ullswater ‘Then and Now’ Friends of Ullswater Way 

FOUW undertook a survey in January/February 2020 to determine the Ullswater communities’ interest in promoting cultural heritage. There was overwhelming support and the community decided to create an Ullswater Heritage Knowledge Bank and Website. Support from LDF will further the community engagement and involvement in the project including creation of materials for a roadshow illustrating Ullswater ‘Then and Now’ cultural and landscape changes over time on various themes such as Farming, Tourism, Wordsworth, Industrial Heritage, Education, and Woodlands selected from the Heritage Knowledge Bank. 

If you wish to donate to the Lake District Foundation to help support future local community project you can do so here on our website or text LOVELAKES to 70085 and donate £5*. A small donation makes a big impact.  Thank you.

Local Charity To Participate In National Green Match Fund Initiative

Local sustainability and conservation charity the Lake Distinction Foundation (LDF) has been selected by the Big Give to take part in the Green Match Fund Campaign, helping the charity to achieve it’s target of raising £10,000 by matching a proportion of donations. 

The Big Give brings charities, philanthropists and the public together to multiply their impact. The Green Match Fund is a match funding campaign for charities which are working on environmental issues as part of their core mission. All public donations made to the Lake District Foundation via theBigGive.org.uk website during the week of the campaign (22-29 April) will be matched up to a specific amount. You can increase your donation by 25% plus add gift to donate further!

The campaign is being launched on World Earth Day, an annual event, on 22nd April to demonstrate support for environmental protection. 

Sarah Swindley, CEO Lake District Foundation, said, “It’s superb we’ve been selected to be one of the participating charities in this year’s Green Match Fund. It allows for an opportunity to raise new funds, reach new audiences and be part of the World Earth Day movement. We are aiming to raise £10,000 during the week and unlock match funding support. Covid-19 has highlighted just how much we value our natural world and the important benefits to wellbeing that our natural spaces provide to our communities. Funding will enable us to explore this changing relationship with our natural environment, and the benefits that this can bring to all. So please dig deep and donate what you can, a small donation can make a big difference. Thank-you.” 

The Green Match Campaign funding is being provided by The Big Give’s Champions which include The Reed Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation and a number of other philanthropists and funders.  

Alex Day, Director, The Big Give said, “The inaugural Green Match Fund campaign has been organised by the Big Give, the UK’s biggest online match funding platform in partnership with the Environmental Funders Network (EFN). Both the Big Give and EFN’s belief is that bringing charities together in a larger campaign tied into World Earth Day will help draw attention to environmental issues as well as help raise vital funds ahead of the important milestones which will occur this year. We wish the Lake District Foundation the best of luck for the campaign and hope the fundraising target is achieved!”.  

All donations must be made via the Lake District Foundation’s campaign page on the theBigGive.org.uk, and made using a debit or credit card between midday on Thursday 22nd April and Thursday 29th April (by midday). 

For further information, visit the charity’s landing page:  
https://donate.thebiggive.org.uk/campaign/a056900001nbvoSAAQ  

Greener Boating Campaign Launches

Local sustainability and conservation charity the Lake Distinction Foundation (LDF) launched a “Greener Boating” campaign this week which aims to give boaters clear and practical advice on how they can play their part in keeping our lakes and rivers clean and safe.  As the Lake District welcomes visitors back this week, LDF want to make sure people have the information needed to help keep this place special. 

As well as information on their website, the LDF has produced an informative poster that covers the three simple things that boaters can do to make a difference and join the fight against pollution to help keep our rivers and lakes fit for people and for wildlife: 

1 – STOP SPILLS AND MANAGE ACCIDENTS. Boaters should take care to prevent spills and manage any accidents by using a spill kit to absorb oil or fuel and dispose of them in hazardous waste bins at a marina, harbour or recycling centre. 

2 – SEWAGE DISCHARGE is prohibited by law on inland waterways in the UK and raw sewage discharge is a serious public health risk. Instead, boaters should use a designated pump out station such as Low Wood Watersports Centre, Ferry Nab, or Tower Wood Outdoor Centre. 

3 – CHECK, CLEAN & DRY to prevent the spread of Invasive Non Native Species(INNS). Invasive species can quickly invade an area and are then very hard to remove, disrupting the ecosystem and causing chaos for native and local wildlife. CHECK your equipment and clothing for live organisms – particularly in areas that are damp or hard to inspect. CLEAN and wash all equipment, footwear and clothing thoroughly. If you do come across any organisms, leave them at the water body where you found them. DRY all equipment and clothing – some species can live for many days in moist conditions. Make sure you don’t transfer water elsewhere. And it’s not just boats that can carry invasive species, anyone using the water such as stand up paddleboarders and wild swimmers all need to check, clean and dry their kit.  

As well as posters and information at boat hire, sale and registration locations, the LDF will be using social media to share the Greener Boating messages and hopes that community groups and businesses across the county will get involved and help to share the campaign messages. 

With the lifting of lockdown restrictions now easing and the predicted increase in visitors to the Lake District, it is hoped that this campaign will help to remind both visitors and residents of the importance of the precious natural resources that we need to look after, and the practical action that we can all take today to ensure our lakes and rivers stay clean and safe for everyone to enjoy.  

Sarah Swindley, CEO Lake District Foundation, said, “We know that visitors and residents love the Lakes and want to help to keep this place special. Water quality is important for wildlife, our health and the tourist economy too. And of course the countryside code applies too, such as taking your rubbish home, respecting local communities and following advice and local signs. We are delighted that so many local business and community groups are already helping us to spread these messages far and wide”. 

For further information, please visit LDF’s Greener Boating website:  
lakedistrictfoundation.org/currentcampaigns/cleaner-lakes/

Support the Green Match Fund Campaign

What is it?

The Green Match Fund is a match funding campaign for charities which are working on environmental issues as part of their core mission.

All public donations made to participating charities via theBigGive.org.uk during the week of the campaign (22-29 April) will be matched up to a specific amount.

Match funding is being provided by The Big Give’s Champions which include The Reed Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation and a number of other philanthropists and funders.

How can you help Lake District Foundation take part?

We’ve been selected by the Big Give to take part in the Green Match Fund Campaign, enabling us to unlock £10,000 of additional funding! We’re asking our supporters to donate to the Lake District Foundation’s online campaign when it goes live on theBigGive.org.uk.

All donations must be made via our campaign page on the theBigGive.org.uk donations must be made using a debit or credit card.

How does the matching work?

During the week of the Green Match Fund, donations made to participating charities are doubled. Each charity has a matching pot made up of Champion funds to double online donations made via theBigGive.org.uk.

When does it take place?

The live campaign kicks off at midday on World Earth Day (Thursday 22nd April) and ends a week later on Thursday 29th April (at midday).

Donations will be doubled by the charity’s Champion funds, until the match funds have been exhausted or the campaign has closed, whichever comes first.

Key information

  • For donations to be doubled, they must be made to LDF’s campaign page
    on theBigGive.org.uk with a debit/credit card by the cardholder during the live campaign.
  • Donations are doubled by Champion funds until these have been used up or the campaign ends.
  • Whilst there are no fees for charities to participate in the campaign, some fees are charged on online donations, calculated via the Big Give. We strongly encourage you to check how these are calculated and factor this into your donation. As a charity itself, you also have the option to donate an additional amount to contribute to the running costs of the Big Give platform, you can however choose to opt out of this. Please refer to our fees page for further info – or speak to a member of the LDF team if you have any concerns or questions.

Red Squirrel Campaign Success in Cumbria

In September 2019, the Lake District Foundation launched a campaign to raise funds to support Red Squirrel Conservation in Cumbria which has now raised over £14,000, in spite of the fundraising challenges the global Covid-19 pandemic presented. 

Cumbria is one of the best places to see Red Squirrels but research shows that the most serious threat to the survival of the red squirrel is the larger non-native grey squirrel, which not only outcompetes the reds for food, but also carries squirrel pox disease, which is deadly to the reds. 

Heinz Traut, Project Manager, Red Squirrels Northern England, said: “A recent study found that red squirrels were present in 64% of surveys within Cumbria, proving once again that the county is one of the best places to see this delightful species. However, reds are only thriving here due to the relentless commitment of hundreds of volunteers, who work tirelessly to preserve them. We are so grateful to the donors who have supported this campaign and enabled us to continue this great work.” 

The funds raised have now been distributed to 7 local squirrel groups for much needed monitoring equipment and other materials vital in the conservation of this iconic Cumbrian species. The grants will be used by local volunteer groups to buy squirrel feeders, squirrel food, cleaning apparatus and monitoring equipment to increase the efficiency of their conservation efforts. Some groups are also using their grant to produce information signs and leaflets to raise awareness in their communities and encourage people to report sightings of red and grey squirrels and to donate to the Red Squirrel Fund. 

Grants have also been made to Red Squirrels Northern England who coordinate and analyse the conservations efforts across the county, and the Lake District National Park Authority to restore woodland along the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Trail, increasing both the availability of habitat suitable for the red squirrels and the opportunities for residents and visitors to engage with nature along the trail. 

Sarah Swindley, CEO Lake District Foundation, said “Teams of volunteers work really hard across the county to protect this amazing creature. Our role at the LDF is to connect people who love the landscape, wildlife and culture of the Lake District with effective conservation projects. We are delighted to be able to support these volunteers to continue their vital work, enabling red squirrels to thrive in Cumbria.” 

There is a continued need for squirrel food and conservation equipment to support the volunteers in their hard work, and you can support their efforts by donating now: 

Text “savereds” to 70085 to donate £5. This costs £5 plus a standard message rate, or visit https://www.lakedistrictfoundation.org/red-squirrel-campaign-2019-savereds/  

To report a red squirrel sighting please visit: www.northernredsquirrels.org.uk/report-sightings 

New Hedgerow Funding Available In Cumbria

A new fund is being launched by the Lake District Foundation in April for the protection and creation of native hedgerows in Cumbria. 

The Real Hedge Fund is made up of donations from businesses, visitors and residents who love the Lake District and want to help the cause of protecting native hedgerows and the wildlife that depends on them.  

The Lake District Foundation launched the fundraising initiative in June 2020 in partnership with Ullswater Catchment Management CIC, The Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Woodland Trust and Eden Rivers Trust and now have £10,000 to award.   

The Fund will have two rounds with £5,000 available in each call. The first call will open 9am on Thursday 1st April 2021 and close 5pm on Friday 30th April 2021 and second call will be in September 2021. 

The Lake District Foundation and partners are looking for those who will use the Fund to purchase and plant native hedgerows between 50-100 metres, either double or singled fenced or those looking to restore native hedgerows using techniques such as “gapping up”. This is therefore aimed at individuals, SMEs businesses, small charities and community groups operating in Cumbria. 

Sarah Swindley, CEO, Lake District Foundation said: We are delighted to be able to open up this round following a successful campaign. The Real Hedge Fund aims to highlight the importance of hedgerows in the environment and the role within the cultural and natural heritage of the Lake District. The Fund has an ambitious target to plant 4,000 metres of native hedgerows across the Lake District and the money available is a fantastic first step to making this happen”.  

Applications will only be accepted if environmental value can be evidenced. Activity cannot be “doubled funded” and applicants will need to show that their proposal is not covered by an existing stewardship or grant funding scheme.

The application form and guidance can be found on the Lake District Foundation website, lakedistrictfoundation.org/apply-for-a-grant/.  Applications that meet the criteria will be reviewed by the grants panel, and shortlisted applicants may be invited to meet the panel virtually and discuss their project further. 

The campaign is still live, and you can still donate. To find out more about the Real Hedge Fund and to donate visit lakedistrictfoundation.org/the-real-hedge-fund/ 

Lake District Foundation Welcomes New Ambassador

The Lake District Foundation, the local charity caring for the Lake District, welcomes a new Ambassador, Lee Paton.  

Lee Paton is a bespoke couturier who has his own fashion house in London and is currently creating the first Couture fashion house in Cumbria. Lee is passionate about championing environmental sustainability in the fashion industry and through his new role as Ambassador at the Lake District Foundation.  

Lee grew up in Cumbria, trained at London College of Fashion, interned at Alexander McQueen and then worked on the famous London’s Savile Row.  

Lee launched his own fashion house in 2010. The brand’s work has been featured in many British and overseas publications such as Vogue Tatler Harper’s Bazaar InStyle Elle Robb Report and The Financial Times. Lee’s clients are generally high-profile individuals from elite sportsmen and sportswomen, well known musicians and actors to the members of several international royal families. 

Lee is currently moving his business to Cumbria and has aspirations to develop the first Cumbria couture fashion house. Lee hopes this will not only provide a wonderful opportunity to showcase what the area has to offer but also provide an opportunity to introduce visitors to other local crafts, businesses and industries. 

Lee Paton, Couture Designer and Lake District Foundation Business Ambassador, said: “It is my honour to represent the Lake District Foundation as Business Ambassador, allowing me to showcase the skills of the wonderful people, places and communities of England’s largest national park. With my background in an industry not usually associated with the region, I hope to offer a new perspective of what the Lake District has to offer and promote the Foundation through my work to new international audiences. Growing up close to the rugged fells and peaceful tarns I have always been passionate about the romance, history and heritage of the Lake District, fascinated by the stories from its past, many of which have inspired my work”. 

Lee currently works with several local Cumbrian farmers who exclusively provide Herdwick wool for him and he is planning his Spring 2022 collection to be made of Cumbrian fabrics only. Lee is a passionate advocate for traditional British craftsmanship and techniques and is keen to share local Cumbrian skills in his fashion house. 

Sarah Swindley, CEO, Lake District Foundation, said: “We are pleased to welcome Lee Paton as our new Business Ambassador alongside Dr Kate Rawles as our Environmental Ambassador, and Sean Conway as our Adventure Ambassador. Our Ambassadors help us spread the word about our cause and we are excited to work with Lee to reach a new audience and offer a new voice on the work we deliver and achieve. We are particularly keen to explore the connection between Lee’s work, the Lake District’s craft heritage and environmental sustainability. Welcome to the team Lee!” 

The Lake District Foundation works with businesses, visitors and other donors to support conservation, environmental and cultural heritage projects and programmes of work to help look after the Lake District National Park. 

Lee Paton, added: “The national park has been a place of creative motivation to historic artists of many forms and remains a region of immense inspiration through its remarkable beauty. The important work of the Lake District Foundation helps secure the future of a natural beauty that will continue to inspire generations for years to come and I am humbled to be able to play my part as a new addition to such a noble cause”. 

The Lake District Foundation is a registered charity and is governed by a board of volunteer trustees including prominent representatives from the environment, business and tourism sectors in the Lake District and Cumbria. 

You can find further information about Lee on his website leepaton.co.uk and further information about the Lake District Foundation at lakedistrictfoundation.org .  

Grants to Go Green for Cumbria

A number of schemes are currently being developed in the county as part of bold plans for Cumbria to achieve a net zero carbon economy, including a potential new grants scheme which will match-fund carbon reduction schemes with up to £20,000. 

That means businesses and constituted community groups could get financial support to help build a more sustainable, eco-friendly future post-COVID.  

The money could be used to introduce a wide variety of new green measures or equipment, with LED lighting, small hydro power and electric vehicle charging points just three brief examples. Cumbria-based businesses with some activity in the Lake District National Park will be eligible, with applications expected to open this March. 

To find out more about accessing these potential new fundsyou can sign up to a free webinar here at 1pm on Thursday 4 March. This bitesize session will include practical information from the Low Carbon Lake District team, alongside inspiration from businesses who have already successfully introduced new measures to help reduce their carbon footprint.  

Interested businesses can also be notified when funds are open for applications by registering for the Lake District’s grant newsletter here

Lake District Foundation Welcomes New Trustee

The Lake District Foundation, the local charity caring for the Lake District, welcomes a new trustee to the board, Alice Forrester.  

Alice is a qualified ACA Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW and currently works as the Financial Accountant at Manchester Metropolitan University. Alice’s role at the University has provided her with the experience of preparing accounts for a large charitable organisation, as well as an insight into the different challenges affecting the higher education sector. 

Alice grew up in Cumbria and loves to spend time outdoors, in particular running and cycling. Although based in Manchester now, Alice continues to travel up to the Lake District and Cumbria for days and weekends away, when Covid rules allow.  

Alice Forrester, Lake District Foundation Trustee and Financial Accountant at Manchester Metropolitan University, said: “I am passionate about the environment and I am excited to have the opportunity to be part of an organisation which is committed to sustainable development and maintaining our natural environment. I look forward to bringing my accounting skills and knowledge of the local area to the Board of Trustees”. 

The Lake District Foundation works with businesses, visitors and other donors to support conservation, environmental and cultural heritage projects and programmes of work to help look after the Lake District National Park.  

Gill Houston, Lake District Foundation’s Chair, said: “We are delighted to welcome Alice as a new trustee to the Lake District Foundation. Alice’s enthusiasm for protecting and caring for our natural world and her background of managing accounts for a large charity is a perfect fit for us. We are looking forward to working with Alice to drive our environmental goals forward”

The Lake District Foundation is a registered charity and is governed by a board of volunteer trustees including prominent representatives from the environment, business and tourisms sectors in the Lake District and Cumbria.  

The Lake District Foundation are always keen to hear from individuals interested in joining the board, if you are interested send an email to [email protected].   

Continued Support From Local Businesses

The Lake District Foundation, the local charity caring for the Lake District, extends an extra thank-you to businesses for their continued support during the pandemic.  

The charity works with businesses, visitors and other donors to support conservation, environmental and cultural heritage projects and programmes of work that help us work together to look after our amazing National Park. 

The Lake District Foundation currently works with over 150 businesses who fundraise with and support the charity. There are many ways businesses can do this from branded products, visitor donations at booking and lots of events that connect with businesses and customers. Most businesses supporting the charity are in the tourism industry and have been hit hard with the impact of covid. However, despite the challenges presented, the businesses have continued to find ways to fundraise  and are helping us to look after the natural world.  

Sarah Swindley, Lake District Foundation’s CEO said, The full impact of the Covid 19 is evident to all of us However, we have also seen how nature is providing real solace to people in these difficult times, and the positive benefits that people are reporting helps to underline just how important it is that, as we come out of this pandemic, we see our natural heritage as key to a sustainable, green and inclusive recovery. Even though people can’t visit now we know that the love of the Lake District will endure. A massive thank you to all our business supporters and donors who have stuck by us and want to be part of this future. We would like to extend a special thank you to Langdale Estates, TreeTop Treks, Lakes Distillery, Lake District Estates and Heart of the Lakes, to name but a few!” 

The Langdale Estate, a luxury hotel and five-star self-catering, in the Langdale Valley have continued to donate during the pandemic.  

Dan Viser, Marketing Director, Langdale Estate, explains: “We provide an annual donation and raise money via an opt out fundraising approach here at the Langdale Estate. We are proud to have raised over £260,000 for the Lake District Foundation since 2008. Our efforts over the years have allowed for local footpaths to be repaired, we’ve supported various environmental projects and our efforts have contributed to making the Lake District more accessible, safer and even more beautiful for those to explore. Even though we haven’t welcomed as many guests over the last year, we still feel it’s incredibly important to continue our annual donation to protect and care for the national park for today and the future”. 

Another fundraising approach the Lake District Foundation uses is the ‘Opt In’ scheme where a voluntary donation can be added when booking online or in person. A mechanism proven popular with TreeTop Trek customers. However, despite restricted visitor numbers and business closures due to lockdowns they have continued to support the charity.  

Mike Turner, Owner, TreeTop Trek, explains: “In an increasingly online and cashless society we decided to add an integrated donation function added to our online booking system which would encourage and enable visitor to support the Lake District Foundation. Sadly, the huge drop in visitor numbers this year has resulted in a drop in revenues for both business and charities alike.  We were particularly inspired by the LDF latest local small grant fund campaign and were therefore delighted to be able to top up this years visitor giving as our own way of trying to give a little back to local communities which have been so badly affected by the pandemic”. 

In normal times the charity works with a number of businesses who hold events throughout the year to raise funds from gala dinners to coffee mornings, and any proceeds raised would go to the Lake District Foundation. Public gatherings have been paused due to the pandemic but that hasn’t stopped one of the charity’s business supporters from getting creative to continue their fundraising efforts. This resulted in The Lakes Distillery, based in Bassenthwaite, holding a virtual event in December and raising £525.  

The Lake District Foundation are continuing to find new ways of working during the pandemic and liaising closely with all business supporters, partners and donors to continue their fundraising efforts.  

To find out more information about becoming a business supporter, click here.

Latest Funding Scheme Announced

The Lake District Foundation, the local conservation charity, is launching their latest grant funding initiative in February.  

The Lake District Foundation is looking to support effective projects that share the charity’s goal; that the Lake District and Cumbria will be an inspirational example of sustainable development in action, to support a prosperous local economy, world-class visitor experiences and in a place where vibrant communities come together to sustain its spectacular landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage. 

The next call for applications will open 9am on Monday 1st February 2021. The charity is offering grants of up to £500 to projects being delivered in Cumbria, and in this round the charity is particularly interested in supporting community and volunteer-led groups delivering practical conservation, ideally with a youth focus. 

Sarah Swindley, Lake District Foundation’s CEO said, “It’s great to be sharing good news! We are thrilled to open up this round of funding, especially during this unusual time. We hope that this funding will amplify the amazing community work that takes place in our county. Thank-you to all the Cumbrian businesses and visitors who help to make this funding available. The full application criteria can be found on our website but I would like to say we are open to creative and innovative ideas that have a measurable and sustainable impact. Good luck everyone!”. 

The grant funding is available to charitable organisations such as village halls, youth groups or playgroups (your group does not have to be a registered charity), social enterprises and conservation agencies.  

The application form and guidance can be found on the Lake District Foundation’s website. Applications that meet the criteria will be reviewed by the grants panel, and shortlisted applicants may be invited to meet the panel virtually and discuss their project further. 

The Lake District Foundation’s last round of funding gave support to nine projects including the `Bee Hide’ Project at Heron Hill School, and `Farming with Nature’ from Ullswater Catchment CIC, and these projects have delivered impressive outcomes for the wildlife, landscapes and cultural heritage of Cumbria and the Lake District. 

The deadline for applications for this round is extended to Monday 1st March 2021 5pm and all details can be found at lakedistrictfoundation.org/apply-for-a-grant/

  

FUNDRAISING SUCCESS FOR LAKE DISTRICT HEDGEROW INITIATIVE

The Lake District Foundation, the local conservation charity, is spearheading a fundraising campaign, The Real Hedge Fund, to conserve and reinstate native hedgerows.  

The charity participated in the UK’s biggest match funding challenge in December, The Big Give Christmas Challenge and successfully raised £14,000 for the campaign. 

Sarah Swindley, Lake District Foundation’s CEO said, Thank you to everyone who donated during The Big Give week in December. A special thanks to The Cedar Manor Hotel, The Wild Hart, Restore Our Planet, Tern Trust, Lake District Estates, Victrix and the Hedge and Woodland Conservationists who pledged their support to help kick start the campaign.  I am delighted to share with you that the funds raised will enable 560 metres of native hedgerows to be planted across the Lake District. Thank you.” 

The Lake District Foundation received a pledge from a conservation group based in East Berkshire who had recently completed planting hedgerows on the Crown Estate and donated some of their funds to the Big Give Christmas Challenge for the Real Hedge Fund campaign. 

Christopher Kersley, Hedge and Woodland Conservationists (HAWCS) said: “HAWCs is a small group of local enthusiasts affiliated to the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers and to the British Hedgelaying Society. We aim to keep the ancient crafts of hedgelaying and coppicing alive, to conserve and maintain hedgerows, woodlands, and rights of way for the benefit of the public and the wildlife and educate the public in the principles and practice of nature conservation. We were delighted to support the Real Hedge Fund campaign as it’s such a wonderful cause and in line with our aims as a conservation group.”   

You can view further information about HAWCS on their website: www.hawc.org.uk

The Real Hedge Fund campaign aims to highlight the importance of hedgerows in the environment and the role within the cultural and natural heritage of the Lake District. The campaign has an ambitious target to plant 4,000 metres of native hedgerows across the Lake District and aims to raise £100,000 to make this happen. 

The Lake District Foundation launched the campaign in June 2020 in partnership with Ullswater Catchment Management CIC, The Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Woodland Trust and Eden Rivers Trust.  

The campaign is still live, and you can still donate. To find out more about the Real Hedge Fund and to donate visit lakedistrictfoundation.org/the-real-hedge-fund/ 

COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN SUCCESS

FOR KESWICK TO THRELKELD RAILWAY TRAIL

The Lake District Foundation, the local conservation charity, are celebrating after the recent opening of the much-loved Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Trail has proven a hit.

The trail reopened due to a successful six-month (K2T) community fundraising campaign in 2018 to help reinstate the path. 

The 10km return route from Keswick to Threlkeld has been well used over the Christmas and New Year break, welcoming runners, cyclists, walkers and multi-users . 

The reopening was made possible by the donations received during the campaign from individuals, local business and support from Highways England, the European Structural and Investment Funds and the Local Enterprise Partnership, the new, accessible route is opened on Saturday 5th December 2020, it was on the 5th anniversary of Storm Desmond.    

Following the floods in December 2015, the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway path suffered serious damage. Two of the old railway bridges that crossed the River Greta and around 200 metres of the path surface were washed away, and Rawsome Bridge was left at risk of collapse. 

Sarah Swindley, the Lake District Foundation’s CEO, said:The community fundraising campaign raised an incredible £130,000. We were thrilled to have had so much support from the local community, businesses, residents, visitors and organisations; everyone played their part to make it happen. We would like to say a huge thank-you to everyone who donated during the campaign. We are looking forward to the opening this Saturday and for everyone to enjoy the new path for years to come.” 

Local businesses boosted the fundraising campaign considerably including a generous donation from HF Holidays. One of their country houses, Derwent Bank, is situated close to the path where several walking routes from the house were are affected by the damage caused by Storm Desmond. HF Holidays donated £20,000 to the campaign. 

Hannah Garcia, HF Holidays, said: “HF Holidays was delighted to be able to contribute the £20,000 donation from the HF Pathways Fund to the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path Restoration, and be able to support the valuable work that has taken place; enabling our guests and walking community to continue to enjoy the fantastic routes and experiences this location offers.”   

The fundraising campaign saw donation boxes and promotional materials displayed in 72 local businesses and many of these carried out additional fundraising events including quiz nights, selling special products, and taking part in the K2T 5k challenge. 

Community organisations also got involved, making donations and holding events, including a railway path walk by Braithwaite School which raised over £300 and a national fell running event hosted by Keswick Athletic Club which raised £1,250. On midsummers day, with the support of Keswick Scouts, Keswick Anglers, Keswick Lions, Keswick Town Council and the Love the Lakes shop, a duck race raised a further £1,300 for the campaign. 

As part of the campaign, The Lake District Foundation hosted its first ever charity auction night and raised over £8,600 from 40 lots. Local businesses and celebrities donated fantastic prizes including a day on the Lake District Fells with Alan Hinkes OBE. The Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa kindly donated the venue, canapes, reception drinks and £20 per booking to the campaign. 

Members of the public donated online, by cash, cheque, or Text Giving throughout the campaign and 6 local residents set up sponsored events of their own. Adam Bazire, owner of the Threlkeld Coffee Shop, has raised over £2,300 to date on his challenge to walk the full route of the old railway from Penrith station to the former Keswick station. 

For further information about the trail visit the Lake District National Park website http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk  

LAKE DISTRICT HEDGEROW CAMPAIGN SET TO DOUBLE DONATIONS

The Lake District Foundation, the local conservation charity, is spearheading a fundraising campaign to reinstate and conserve native hedgerows. The charity is participating in The Big Give Christmas Challenge, a match funding initiative enabling donations to be doubled for one week in December. 

The Christmas Challenge launched by the founder of The Big Give, philanthropist Sir Alec Reed CBE in 2008, is the biggest match funding campaign in the UK. It offers supporters of participating charities, like the Lake District Foundation, the opportunity to have their donation doubled for seven days from 1st – 8th December 2020. 

Sarah Swindley, Lake District Foundation’s, CEO said, “We need to raise £7,000 to unlock the match funding available in the Big Give Christmas Challenge for the Lake District Foundation. The fact that any donation made will be doubled during this week is incredible, so we do hope everyone can dig deep and donate. A small donation will make a huge difference, thank you!” 

The Real Hedge Fund campaign aims to highlight the importance of hedgerows in the environment and the role within the cultural and natural heritage of the Lake District. The campaign has an ambitious target to plant 4,000 metres of native hedgerows across the Lake District and aims to raise £100,000 to make this happen. 

The Lake District Foundation launched the campaign in June 2020 in partnership with Ullswater Catchment Management CIC, Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Woodland Trust and Eden Rivers Trust. 

The Christmas Challenge 2020 will take place from 12pm on 1st December 2020 until 12pm on 8th December 2020, to make a donation visit : https://donate.thebiggive.org.uk/campaign/a051r00001exMK1AAM  and to find out more the Real Hedge Fund visit https://www.lakedistrictfoundation.org/the-real-hedge-fund/ 

VIRTUAL ADVENTURE EVENING LAUNCHED FOR FIX THE FELLS

The Lake District Foundation, has launched a virtual adventure evening to raise funds for Fix the Fells.   

The fundraiser is called ‘Why we adventure…’ hosted by Sean Conway, one of the charities’ Ambassadors and will be streamed on Thursday 10th December at 7.30pm. The virtual event will see exclusive videos from leading explorers, climbers, runners, cyclists, paddleboarders, kayakers and photographers delving into why they adventure and a series of special Q&A’s with each speaker, led by Sean Conway. 

Sean Conway, Ambassador, Lake District Foundation, said: “I’m proud to be an Ambassador for the Lake District Foundation and excited to host the adventure evening for Fix the Fells. The night is going to explore why we feel the need to still take on adventures, when practically every mountain has been climbed, ocean rowed, and desert crossed. The line-up is a great mix, from climbers, paddleboarders to photographers. Massive thank you to all of the speakers who are giving up their time for a good cause! It’s going to be a fun night; I hope you can join us.” 

The speakers have been to all corners of the world and each has a different perspective on why they adventure. The line-up includes Kenton Cool, Leo Holding, Mohammed Dhalech, Anna McNuff, Lizzie Carr, Simon Yates, Gwilym Pugh, James Forrest, Pip Stewart, Jamie MacDonald, Dave Cornthwaite and Kaite-Jane L’herpiniere. The event is a series of coordinated conversations recorded over the last couple of months. It therefore won’t be live, so the Lake District Foundation are encouraging those who book and have burning questions for any of the speakers to send them in now to [email protected]

In addition to the headline speakers, Richard Fox from Fix the Fells will also share an insight into what Fix the Fells do and why the Lake District Foundation is calling for your support.  

Richard Fox, Fix the Fells, said: “Fix the Fells raises funds to repair and maintain the extensive network of upland paths across the Lake District for the present and future generations to enjoy. The money raised from this event will support our volunteers, without whom we wouldn’t be able to carry out the work we do. So, enjoy the evening, donate £8 and you can help make a difference in our beautiful fells. Thank you!” 

The early bird ticket rate is £8 per household until 30th November then the price is £10. Tickets can be booked online and details of the speakers can be found at lakedistrictfoundation.org/why-we-adventure.  

Orrest Head Fundraising Campaign Raises £38,000

A local conservation charity, the Lake District Foundation and the Lake District National Park are celebrating raising over £38,000 for the Orrest Head accessibility improvement project. 

The fundraising campaign launched last autumn aims is create an alternative path to the summit of Orrest Head making it suitable for people with limited mobility, including people with powered-wheelchairs and families with pushchairs to see this spectacular viewpoint. 

Donations for the project have been building over the last year but this week the fundraising campaign was successful in securing £5,000 from the TransPennine Express Transform Grants Fund: a community fund supporting projects that tackle youth unemployment, promote social inclusion and improve the environment. 

Steve Tonkin, Lake District Foundation, said: “We are over the moon with this award from the Transform Grants Fund. It’s helped reach over £38,000 mark! We have an ambitious target of raising £50,000 in total but know with the support and generous donations from visitors and locals we can do it. You can make a donation today on our website, lakedistrictfoundation.org.” 

The Lake District Foundation is working alongside the Lake District National Park, Windermere Town Council and South Lakeland District Council to drive this fundraising campaign forward. The plan is to restore a section of Victorian carriage drive and create an accessible path to the viewpoint, improve the water drainage and restore the eroded summit landscape, replace the worn-out seating, provide more information about the area and the view. The project also hopes to provide an all-terrain Lake District Mobility scooter for people to borrow to get to the viewpoint.

Marian Jones, Area Ranger, Lake District National Park said: “Covid 19 has had an impact on our project plans so we are now aiming to complete the project by December 2021, but this depends having the necessary funding in place. This project aims to help more people enjoy and appreciate the view from Orrest Head by creating improved, sustainable access to the summit. It is a project about people – removing barriers, providing opportunity, increasing understanding and building relationships. Thank you for your support.” 

You can make a donation on the Lake District Foundation website by visiting lakedistrictfoundation.org.

The Climbers Shop welcomes back customers safely

The Climbers Shop in Ambleside have opened their doors again and are excited to be back up and running. With over 100 years of retail heritage they are incredibly proud to offer a huge choice of clothing and equipment for climbers, mountaineers, hillwalkers and trail runners for use in the Lake District and beyond!

The Climbers Shop is one of the Foundation 150 business supporters who either fundraise for the charity or make a donation. They have reopened their doors again and looking forward to fundraising for the Foundation. Cathy, the shop Manager, tell us their story of reopening….

“It’s taken a little time to adapt to business unusual but our staff have been fully involved in how we re-open our shop as safely as we can. We are all loving being back at work again, welcoming customers old and new through our doors and catching up with friendly faces to see how everyone has fared during lockdown. One of our team made re-useable facemasks so staff have at least two each – if you look carefully you’ll see they have a walking boot lace for a strap which is certainly a lot more comfortable than elastic behind the ears!

Our re-opening has been phased so that we have been able to offer private appointments to customers who are concerned about coming into a busy shop environment but on our fully open days we regularly manage the number of customers in the shop at any one time in line with social distancing guidance. We also close for lunch for an hour so that our staff can take a proper break outside if they wish and to allow for extra cleaning throughout the day.  

          From the outset we put an enhanced cleaning regime into place which, along with hand sanitizers on entry, daily disinfectant sprays and quarantining clothing that has been tried on all adds up to making our shop environment as safe as we can make it. 

               It’s a continual learning curve for all of us as we all have to take responsibility for stopping the spread of Coronavirus but importantly, it has also created some great discussions among the management team about how we can use lockdown almost as a re-set for how we make daily decisions within our business and how they can impact the wellbeing of our staff, our customers, our local community, local environment and climate change as a whole. Last year was our 60th anniversary and we used that as a launch pad to embark on a more sustainable path resulting in over £35,000 in donations to local charities such as Fix The Fells, Mountain Rescue and Community Action Nepal. By working with local charity Brathay to launch the Ambleside Trail 60 Ultra Marathon we succeeded in creating a fantastic event which not only showcased some of the best scenery the Lake District has to offer but also food from some of our fabulous local hotels and café’s. 

               This autumn we plan to build on the valuable information provided at The Lake District Foundations free Green Business Initiative by measuring the carbon footprint of our whole business and ensuring that whatever the winter season may bring, the health of our staff, customers and the environment remain at the heart of our business decisions since this Spring and summer have proved how intrinsically linked we all are.”

               “We are very proud to support The Lake District Foundation by pledging 50p from every sale of our branded Nalgene Water Bottles so they can continue their vital work in protecting the beautiful, unique, fragile, World Heritage Site that we love.”

Cathy
The Climbers Shop

Cumbria Hedgerow Campaign Receives Donation Boost

A fundraising campaign aiming to raise £100,000 to create and reinstate 4,000 metres of native hedgerows in the Lake District has received a generous boost from the Woodland Trust. 
 
The Lake District Foundation, Ullswater Catchment Management CIC, Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Eden Rivers Trust launched the Real Hedge Fund in June 2020. The campaign aims to highlight the importance of hedgerows in the environment, the role within the cultural and natural heritage of the Lake District and to replant native hedgerows where these have been removed. 
 

The Real Hedge Fund campaign has had a fantastic start with 180 metres of new native hedges donated by the Woodland Trust, which equates to a financial donation of £4,500.  
 

Sarah Swindley, Lake District Foundation’s, CEO said, “We’ve hit the ground running thanks to the Woodland Trust. A huge thank-you to them for leading the way with a superb donation. We have an ambitious plan to plant 4,000 metres of native hedgerow, which costs around £25 per metre to manage and plant across Cumbria and we need your help. We want you to see nature as the best investment with the highest return!”  
 

The local conservation charity, Lake District Foundation, is encouraging everyone to get involved by making a donation from £25 per metre. All information can be found at lakedistrictfoundation.org.  
 

Julia Aglionby, University of Cumbria’s Professor in Practice, said: Since the second world war we have lost over half our hedges, that is over 250,000 miles of hedges and many that are remaining are in poor condition. Hedges are great, they provide food for birds and insects, they are refuges for wildflowers and contain multiple species of trees and shrubs. As importantly they reduce flooding by slowing run off, store carbon and act as corridors for wildlife across more intensively managed farmland. From a farming perspective they are good too, providing sheltered boundaries which as a farmer I know are invaluable in stormy weather.  The Real Hedge Fund campaign is an opportunity to make a difference and raise vital awareness, so we hope you get involved and support us. Thank-you.” 
 
The charity will also be running a larger crowdfunding appeal later in the year through the national Big Give platform. It is the leading online match funder which brings charities, philanthropists and the public together to multiply their impact. The crowdfunding appeal will support the Real Hedge Fund campaign, the charity is looking for a small number of donors to help them kick start this appeal from businesses to individuals.  If you would be interested in getting involved, get in touch with the Lake District Foundation either by email, [email protected] or telephone 01539 822622. 

To make a donation to the Real Hedge Fund and for further information visit https://www.lakedistrictfoundation.org/the-real-hedge-fund/
 

We’ve hit the ground running thanks to the Woodland Trust. A huge thank-you to them for leading the way with a superb donation.

Sarah Swindley, Lake District Foundation’s, CEO

Conquer Lake District donate over £2,000

Conquer Lake District are a local business with a passion for the outdoors and believe it is their responsibility to promote, protect and preserve our incredible National Park. Their beautifully designed patches and gifts are eye catching and make the perfect keepsake for treasured memories of a Lake District visit. If you haven’t yet seen their products, take a look here

Conquer Lake District partnered with the Lake District Foundation in January 2019, and decided to donate 5% from every single product that they sold, both on line and in their 40 stockists, raising an impressive £2,013.41 in one year.  They also donated T shirts to the Lake District Foundation for raffle prizes, enabling even more funds to be raised, and designed a beautiful bespoke patch for the Lake District Foundation to give their new supporters as a thank you gift. 

Owner and Founder Caroline saysThrough our quality goods we aim to inspire people to have fun and celebrate the adventure whilst also caring for our majestic and delicate landscape. We may be a small business, but we are proud to have made such a huge commitment and it was important to us to build a charitable element into our strategy from the beginning.” 

The funds raised by Conquer Lake District will be used to care for the spectacular wildlife, landscape and cultural heritage of the Lake District and provided financial support to small but effective projects, see some examples here

Sarah Smith, LDF Operations Manager, saysIt is so important that we are able to partner with a local and sustainable businesses whose values align with ours. At the Lake District Foundation, we consider the impact of everything that we do, so it is fantastic to be able to work with a sustainable company like Conquer Lake District. Their support makes a huge difference.” 

Caroline adds, “We believe in making quality products that connect people with the projects that care for our majestic yet delicate National Park. It is wonderful to see people returning to the Lake District and enjoying the great outdoors following the Coronavirus restrictions, and we are proud that we can help them to give something back too.” 

Staying safe at the Langdale Hotel

The Foundation works with over 150 business supporters who either fundraise for the charity or make a donation. The businesses have been busy preparing to re-open safely at the start of July following Visit Britain guidelines.  

The Langdale has been a true champion and valued business supporter for the Lake District Foundation. They’ve re-opened their doors with their ‘Good to Go’ accreditation from Visit Britain and excited to welcome visitors back. Dan Visser, from the Langdale Team, share how they’ve reopened safely: 

‘We continue to work hard and have the safety and welfare of our guests, staff and the local community at the heart of everything we do.  Following the very latest Government guidelines, we have implemented a range of new procedures for check-in and check-out, housekeeping, dining and how guests are able to enjoy themselves and get the most from their time with us.

Due to Government legislation Brimstone spa remain closed for the foreseeable future. 

1 – Checking In and Checking Out

When checking in and checking out there will be a number of options for the way you can arrive, depart and access your accommodation to keep everyone safe and distanced set out below.

2 – Cleaning

Accommodation

All accommodation at Langdale is cleaned to the highest possible standard.  Additional attention will be paid to certain areas to keep everyone safe.

3 – Contactless Payment

Cash will no longer be accepted across the site including Wainwrights Inn. Guests staying on site will be able to charge to their room and pay on departure (see above) or use any form of contactless payment.

Ordering food and drinks can be done from your own mobile device.

4 – Spa and Fitness & Leisure

Unfortunately, due to the government’s latest guidelines we are not able to open Brimstone spa, but will as soon as we’re able to.  However, the Langdale Fitness & Leisure facilities are now open with restricted access and on a booking only system

5 – Restaurants and Bars

Both Stove Restaurant & Bar and Wainwrights’ Inn are open with reduced capacity to maintain social distance and only offer table service.

6 – Communications

We are pretty good with the elimination of paper at Langdale and this is a great time to go all the way. Before your stay all information will be sent by email at least twice. 

7 – Staff and Partners

Our team have all been trained in new ways of working in order to keep themselves and everyone who visits Langdale safe. 

We’re also working alongside a number of trusted partners such as Ecolab our chemical specialists who provide all our WHO recommended cleaning products which are used site-wide.  We’re also making sure that partners and suppliers own Risk Assessments and practices dovetail with our own. 

8 – Cancellation Policy

Langdale Hotel

At Langdale we have always tried to be as fair as possible on each and every situation where someone needs to cancel a booking. Our best available rate can be cancelled up to 24 hours prior to arrival.  

Langdale Self Catering

We will always do our best to find a solution which is fair to both the bookers and our clients the accommodation owners. Where a government restriction on travel exists refunds will be given

9 – The Future

No one knows what the future holds ….it’s an age-old cliché, but seems to be more true than ever right now.  One thing is for certain, we will be here to offer the best (and safest) possible experience for you whilst you’re visiting the Lake District.

Rothay Manor is open for business and Covid ready

The Foundation works with over 150 business supporters who either fundraise for the charity or make a donation. The businesses have been busy preparing to re-open safely at the start of July following Visit Britain guidelines.  

Rothay Manor Country House Hotel is one of the finest luxury Lake District hotels in Ambleside the heart of the Lake District. Rothay Manor have been a business supporter since 2019.

Jenna Shail, Owner of Rothay Manor, explains how Covid has impacted the business but they have taken steps to open their doors safely.

How has lockdown affected you? 

“It’s obviously been extremely difficult from a business point of view.  To have no takings for 4 months is going to hit any business hard!  We kept ourselves busy painting the entire outside of the hotel, including window frames…which turned out to be quite a big job!!  But, the painting gave us a daily focus, which was great!”

Would you mind sharing your re-opening strategy? 

“We carried out a full risk -assessment, all of our staff are certified in covid-19 knowledge, and we have implemented new procedures throughout the whole hotel.  It’s been difficult for the business, as lots of new items have had to be purchased to ensure our covid-19 safety, but  I think we are now through the worst of it, and getting back to a new normal!”

How important is looking after the Lake District now and in the future?

“So important, it has been heart-braking to see how many people dis-respected the area when lockdown was lifted.  I’m a keen outdoor person, and appreciate the beauty of our area, and don’t like to see it spoilt by people’s laziness!! 

Not only is the area important for my business, but also important to me personally, which is why we joined the Lake District Foundation…to try to do our bit!”

Would you like to share anything further about the impact on your business?

“From a personal point of view it was lovely to have the Lake District so peaceful, and we felt very privileged to live in such a beautiful place!”

How Covid has impacted on our thinking about the natural world

During May and June, we ran a short survey to find out more about people’s views and concerns about our natural world, and the role that access to natural spaces had played during the corona virus pandemic.  Nearly 230 people responded to our survey, and we will be using the findings to help shape and inform our future programmes of work. 

Who Responded? 

Most respondents were over 25, so we know we need to do some further work to capture the view and insights of young people. 

Nearly everyone who replied had some access to green or natural spaces during this time, though we know that this isn’t the case for everyone. 

Most respondents were from Cumbria and Lancashire and we can assume that most respondents already had an interest in protecting and conserving the environment, with 67% reporting that green and natural spaces were just as important to them now as they had always been. 

Key Findings

  • Most people (66%) reported discovering new spaces, footpaths and routes near to where they lived.   
  • Footpaths and rights of way and woodlands were the most visited spaces, followed by streets and local parks, and over half of people said that they will continue to access green and natural spaces more local to them once restrictions are lifted.  “I have decided that I want to spend more time in nature locally and cut my driving and travel.” 
  • People reported a range of positive benefits from having access to natural spaces during ‘lock down’ and restrictions, with 75% reporting positive benefits to their mental health, and 62% reporting benefits to their physical health.  64% of people also reported that access to natural space provided an activity at a time when other options for recreation were limited.
  • However, a smaller number of people recorded negative impacts, in particular reporting concerns around maintaining social distancing and feeling confident to access spaces safely when other people are around, especially following an increase in the number of people accessing green spaces that they might normally use.
  • Nearly everyone reported seeing some positive changes in the nature and wildlife around them, recording increases in birdsong, wildlife and insects, with 35% of people reported that they now wanted to do more to help conserve the natural world. 
  • All respondents placed great value on being able to access green and natural spaces, with 67% saying that they are just as important as they were before, and 33% reporting that they were now even more important to them. 
  • We can see that the benefit people have gained from our natural spaces has positively  influenced their interest in supporting charities working to protect these spaces.  Half of respondents already donated to causes which support the natural world and environment, and 12% said that they now might give more in the future.  Nearly 1/3rd reported that they had not given to support the natural world before but might now in the future. 
  • We’ve also seen an increases in the volume of people willing to donate through outdoor contactless points, with just over 50% of respondents reported that they would be likely to donate in this way, compared to 31% when we surveyed people in this issues in 2018 survey.  

Emerging Themes  

Several broader themes also emerged from the survey, and which we will be working to explore further. 

  • Health and Wellbeing – Our survey highlighted the vital role that access to green and natural spaces plays in supporting health and wellbeing, and in particular mental health and emotional wellbeing. 
  • Managing visitors to the area – People identified the challenges in managing access to green and natural spaces, and balancing the needs of both residents and visitors.
  • Equality of access– People recognised that not everyone had equal access to green and natural spaces and were keen to explore how this could best be tackled.  
  • Transport and Parking – Restrictions on travel highlighted the hugely positive impact of reduced traffic in and around our natural spaces.  People were keen to explore how we could build on this and improve infrastructure for other forms of more environmentally friendly travel to and around our green spaces – including cycling and improved public transport. 
  • Behaving Responsibly People’s reported concerns about a perceived lack of knowledge or education around how to safely and considerately access the countryside and natural spaces.  Many people reported that they thought people were  now less familiar with the Countryside Code. 
  • Learning from the crisis to improve the management of our natural spaces – People wanted the wider response to current crisis to have nature at its heart.  They highlighted positive consequences of restrictions which could be captured and used to inform future developments in the management of green / natural spaces. For example, looking at the impact of reduced traffic and footfall across the Lake District National Park and exploring what this has shown us and what could be taken forward in the future. 
  • Biodiversity loss – People expressed broad concerns regarding biodiversity loss, in our natural spaces, and suggested how changes in land, environmental and farming management practices could be used to tackle this.  

Survey quotes

I feel it’s become apparent that natural and green spaces are imperative to physical and mental well-being. However, it has also demonstrated the challenges that exist. How do we travel to these spaces? How do we interact with them? How do we balance the needs of those visiting vs the impact of those visits? We could have a unique opportunity to change the way we do things, but that change needs to start now.

I miss the Lakes!! Cannot wait to be able to come back and enjoy the mountains again with my family. Outdoor spaces, particularly the lakes, is hugely important to my mental health – it is where I feel most comfortable and happy.

Home working and the restrictions have put a heavier reliance on accessing natural spaces for exercise and mental health, but have only strengthened my existing conviction of the need for a simple and close relationship with nature – and the desire to avoid unnecessary travel, particularly by car, and also technology when engaging with nature.

Access to green spaces has been vital for us as  key workers and with 3 children under 7 mental well being has been a top priority for us to maintain.

We should encourage more sustainable modes of transport.  The lack of traffic in the Lakes was profound in the early weeks of lockdown and enhanced my experience of the Lakes.

I’ve lived in the Lakes for 4 years and have never done as much outdoors as I have done during lockdown. Not having access really made me appreciate it. Only been able to access what was on my doorstep made me appreciate where I live. I was furloughed; I’m worried about what it will be like going back to work. I was always so tired! With the long days and commuting. I’m worried I will lose the joy I’ve had from being outdoors because of lack of time.

Cedar Manor is open for business and Covid ready

The Foundation works with over 150 business supporters who either fundraise for the charity or make a donation. The businesses have been busy preparing to re-open safely at the start of July following Visit Britain guidelines.  

The Cedar Manor Hotel in Windermere has been a business supporter since 2007 raising over £17,000 for the Foundation during that period. They re-opened their doors at the start of July after receiving their ‘Good to Go’ accreditation from Visit Britain.   

Jonathan Kaye, Owner of The Cedar Manor Hotel, explains,  

“We have gone through quite an extensive program to get Covid-19 safe. We have received our accreditation from Visit Britain, the Good to Go Kitemark, in July and have now opened our doors. 

To get this we have completed 3 key risk assessments that are all focussed on Covid-19.

First a customer journey, from booking to departing, to ensure they will feel confident and safe at all times.

Second, the staff journey, whether chef, housekeeper, front of house or manager, to ensure they are aware of the new standards and rules and can complete their tasks in a safe environment.

Third, the building. We have been working to make this covid safe by the using an external contractor who will use an environmentally friendly chemical to “Fog” all our rooms and public areas (including the terrace) which puts an invisible coating over all surfaces, even fabrics that lasts 28 days.

We have purchased PPE for staff and training plans have been implemented. We have implemented digital signage in place with sanitizing stations at the entrance and entrances to public areas. Our room folders have been replaced with an APP and Hotel TV channels added for those who don’t use a smartphone, with all you need to know about the hotel.

We have sent emails to guests booking with revised information, pre-arrival emails with detailed information regarding to arrival at the hotel and the option to pay online prior to departure, making it a contactless experience. Also, not forgetting with added our Covid Guest Charter on our website too.

Above all, we are reassuring guests that although it sounds like a “new world”, we want them to come and relax knowing that its safe and they are going to be well looked after.”

Why we support the Lake District Foundation?

“Initially, we joined in 2007 shortly after taking over Cedar Manor. We were introduced to the foundation and understood quickly that a few pounds from each guest would do great work for local charities. What struck a cord for us was the Park being a place to come for free and asking the guests for £2 to help keep the footpaths maintained, preserve red squirrels and do other great work was a no-brainer.

We then looked at our “green” journey and visitor giving is part of gaining green accolades, so as we were already embarked on this process, it was a big tick for us. The guests really don’t mind and love the fact that they can contribute to the well-being of the park.”

What struck a cord for us was the Park being a place to come for free and asking the guests for £2 to help keep the footpaths maintained, preserve red squirrels and do other great work was a no-brainer.

Jonathan Kaye, oWNER
cEDAR MANOR
Cedar Manor Hotel 
Jonathan and Caroline Kaye 
cedarmanor.co.uk 

 

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