The Lake District Foundation has revealed the nine projects which will receive funds from the latest round of grant funding. The successful projects from across Cumbria each will receive between £1,000 and £2,500.
In total 27
applications were received, making it a difficult task to choose which projects
should benefit from funding.
Sarah Swindley, CEO Lake District Foundation said
`Its fantastic to see the local conservation work carried out across the county. Often, this is mainly led by volunteers doing amazing things in their free time. Our natural world would be much poorer without them, and we are happy to support where we can. It’s thanks to our work with local tourism businesses and visitors that we are able to generate this funding, and we would like to thank them for their ongoing support.’
The nine chosen projects were each awarded funding based on criteria including links to the environment, wildlife and cultural heritage. They are:
`Growing Well’ School children will be invited to visit
their site at Sizergh Farm to learn how food is grown, what it needs to grow,
get hands on in an activity, and discover other wildlife, inspiring future
generations to get involved in horticulture and the natural world.
`Bee Hide’ Project (Heron Hill School) will
provide a safe, inclusive, viewing area for the children and the wider
community to enjoy and learn about bee keeping and the importance of bees in
The Herdwick Sheep Breeder’s
Society was awarded funding
for the repair of their marquee which suffered storm damage. This is vital to
the future of our local shows and links strongly to our World Heritage status.
Wildlife and Heritage Garden (Calderbridge and Ponsonby Communities) aims
to rejuvenate the community areas to attract more wildlife and in so doing bring
together different generations.
Swifts in the Community (SITC) have an army of volunteers who monitor
the numbers of nesting swifts, which are in decline due to modern building
design. They also give lots of local advice about how best to support these
Staveley Woodlands (Cumbria Wildlife Trust) is a recently
extended nature reserve. The project will involve walling off a section of
land, hedging and the installation of bird and bat boxes, as well as creating a
trail guide and way markers to guide people around the reserve.
`Space Invaders’ (South Cumbria River’s Trust) This is an
ongoing project aimed at eradicating Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) such as
Himalayan Balsam, and allowing native wildlife to thrive.
`Farming with Nature’ (Ullswater Catchment CIC) will see 40
wooden cages, each planted on farmland with one oak tree and surrounded by
other scrub plants, providing habitat for other wildlife. The trees will help
to improve soil structure and aid flood management.
`Coniston Wildflower Meadow’ (Coniston Parish Council) will see the
community space in the centre of the village turned into a beautiful wildflower