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The LDF Fund

The Lake District Foundation Fund provides grants to projects that care for the spectacular landscapes, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Lake District and Cumbria.

When you make a donation to the Lake District Foundation you are supporting high-impact evidence-based projects that are of urgent priority.

Funding decisions are made by a grant-making panel. We are open to creative and innovative ideas that have a measurable and sustainable impact. We are particularly keen to support projects that link to our World Heritage Inscription.

Some recently funded projects from the LDF Fund include:

For a full list of recently funded projects take a look here, or to apply for a grant, click here.

The stunning “Capture Lakeland Volume 2” is available for pre-order

As a small charity, we rely on the support of others to help us to achieve our goals, and local photographer James Bell has been doing just that.

James was recently Commended in the Landscape Photographer of the Year 2018 Competition, and for many years, James has donated stunning images for us to use in our promotional materials, helping us to inspire more people to care for this special place. We all know that a picture paints a thousand words and we are so grateful for his support.

James’ book, Capture Lakeland, was launched in 2017 and was a bit of a hit – gaining several accolades and the 1000 limited edition copies sold out.

Fans of his work will be please to know that pre-orders for Capture Lakeland Volume 2 – another limited edition book of his latest Lake District Landscapes – are now available. Each book is signed and numbered and as a special bonus, all those who pre-order can have their name printed in the book as way of thanks AND receive a limited edition signed print too.

PRE-ORDER his book Capture Lakeland Vol 2 today and receive an exclusive limited edition print.

 

Capture Lakeland Volume 1 accolades:

Shortlisted for Outdoor Book of the Year 2018

Awarded Category Runner Up in the Lakeland Book of the Year 2018 competition. 

Awarded Book of the month for April 2018 by BBC Countryfile Magazine. 

Awarded Book of the month for April 2018 by Outdoor Photography Magazine. 

 

For more information about James and his work visit:

Online Print Gallery // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube Channel

Having a pre-Christmas clearout? Donate your old notes to the Lake District Foundation

Are you having a pre-Christmas clear out? Have you found any old five or ten pound notes and are wondering what to do with them?

The Bank of England estimates that around 124 million paper £5 notes and around 122 million paper £10 notes are yet to be returned, despite the paper £5 no longer being accepted in shops since May 2017, and the paper £10 since March this year.

And while you can’t use them in shops, they retain their value for all time, so why not donate them to the Lake District Foundation?

Simply send your old notes either by post to the Lake District Foundation, Murley Moss Business Park, Oxehnholme Road, Kendal, LA9 7RL, or visit us in person , simply come to the reception desk at the visitors entrance to the Lake District National Park Authority Headquarters at the address above,  Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm.

Alternatively, you can send your old notes to the Bank of England or exchange them at the bank where you are a current customer.

Local business supporters enjoy a festive lunch

The Lake District Foundation annual Christmas Lunch at the Stove Restaurant at The Langdale Estate was a great success, and was attended by 30 local business members.

Attendees were treated to a presentation by the Lake District Foundation’s newest ambassador Kate Rawles. Kate presented about the her latest trip to South America on a bamboo bike where she saw the effects of climate change on biodiversity.

They also heard from a recent recipient of a Lake District Foundation grant – The John Muir Trust. Pete Barron talked about the progress at the Lakeland Alpine Arctic Restoration Project, mitigating the impacts of climate change at a local level.

Finally they were treated to a talk by James Forrest, fundraiser at the Lake District Foundation, who this year climbed all 273 mountains in Ireland in 8 weeks!

We would like to wish all our business supporters a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Here’s to a fantastic 2019!

Spread festive cheer and care for the Lake District too

You can now spread some festive cheer, save paper, and care for the Lake District too with JustGiving Give Cards.

Simply make a donation to the Lake District Foundation and get an e-card in minutes to share with your family and friends.

How it works:

  1. Follow the link: www.justgiving.com/givecards/charity/uk/2452743
  2. Choose your favourite design (we like the skating penguins!)
  3. Make a donation
  4. Share it with your friends and family!

Thank you and merry Christmas!

 

 

Our record-breaking ambassador Sean Conway offers a rare glimpse into his worldwide adventures

From a record-breaking cycle across Europe, to three separate adventures running, sailing and swimming the length of Great Britain, our ambassador Sean Conway is set to reveal more about his escapades to members of the public in the new year.

The Cumbrian-based action man has spent his life taking motivation from conquering seemingly impossible challenges – only to use the success in each escapade as a warm-up for the next item on his ‘to-do’ list.

You could be forgiven for thinking a 4,200-mile triathlon around the coast of Great Britain and cycling to the Alps to save the cost of a plane ticket is how Sean gets his biggest kicks, but there’s more – and it’s not what you might expect.

Sean loves nothing more than to inspire others with his tales of adventure and is holding a special lecture on Saturday January 19 as part of his “Explore from the Door” project with the Coniston-based Coppermines Lakes Cottages company.

“The idea behind ‘Explore from the Door’ is to remind people of the fun they can have so close to home”, Sean explained. “We all had our early adventures near our homes when we were children and I hope my series of blogs inspire people to venture a little bit further out into this beautiful part of the world”.

Hear Sean’s story on Saturday 19th January 2019, 8pm, at Coniston Sports and Social Club.

Tickets available for purchase from Coniston Newsagents, Hidden Treasures Gift Shop, or alternatively email [email protected] All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Lake District Foundation.

“We’ve all got to remember that when we’re outside, we’re in nature’s kingdom, not our own. The Lake District Foundation is very much aimed at visitors and the tourism industry, who can help us to protect that kingdom. The charity’s approach to caring for the lakes is exactly as it should be; come here to visit – and if you like it, donate some money to help care for it. It means the next time you come here, it will still be just as amazing as you remember it.

“It’s great how local businesses like Coppermines Lakes Cottages appreciate the importance of the different projects that the LDF is involved with; and how without the generosity of people giving whatever they can afford, it would be impossible to preserve this place in the way it has been for so many years. Every child remembers their early outdoor experiences with family or friends and I hope they use those to set their own goals in the future, like I’ve done for so many years. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll be handing over my world records to them!”

Meanwhile, the team at Coppermines Lakes Cottages is running a competition for four lucky people to win an adventure weekend to coincide with Sean’s talk. The prize includes a three-night stay at Millrace Cottage (from Friday 18 January 2019), four tickets to Sean’s show, an adventure day courtesy of Adventure 21 and four signed copies of Sean’s book collection (Cycling Land’s End to John O’Groats, Hell & High Water, Cycling the Earth and Running Britain). You can enter the competition here.

You can see the full list of Coppermines Lakes Cottages here.

See you there!

Alastair Herd Photography supports the Lake District Foundation

Alastair Herd Photography is one of the latest businesses to support the Lake District Foundation (LDF) by raising funds and awareness for this local charity.

The owner and founder, Alastair Herd, says; “Working with the Lake District Foundation is an exciting and promising collaboration. We can’t wait to sell our prints and know that we are doing our bit to help protect and preserve the Lake District, the beautiful world heritage site we call our own. With this collaboration we will also be documenting some of the many fantastic projects that are happening across the Lake District and be able to showcase these projects to the general public.”

After recently graduating from Staffordshire University with a First in BA(Hons) Photography, Alastair has moved back up to his hometown of Carlisle to pursue his passion of photography and technology. In September 2017 Alastair gained the PfCO (Permission of Commercial Operation) that is required by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) to do any commercial Drone work, and has been capturing stunning aerial footage for a wide range of clients.

Alastair has already donated images for the LDF to use in their marketing materials, some were recently used in a photo competition on their stand at Holker Hall Winter Market, where over 100 people took part.

If you would like to see Alastair’s work for yourself, he will be at the Eden Valley Artist Network Event at Rheged on 8th December 2018, and 10% from all sales of Crystal clear plexiglas photo prints on the day will be donated to the LDF Fund. He is also donating 10% of sales of the Plexiglas prints on his website, available to buy here: www.alastairherdphotography.co.uk/shop

Finally the LDF will soon be collaborating with Alastair Herd to produce films that capture the impact of the grants made to local projects – watch this space!

Sarah Swindley, Director of the Lake District Foundation says; “We are delighted to be working with the fantastic local photographer Alastair Herd and we are grateful for his time and energy that will help us to raise our profile and reach new audiences. The funds raised by the sale of his products will be used to support projects that care for outstanding and effective projects that care for the Lake District and Cumbria”.

If you are inspired to support the Lake District Foundation in your business, please get in touch via email [email protected] or call us on 01539 822622.

Lake District Foundation welcomes new ambassador

The Lake District Foundation is delighted to welcome its newest ambassador: Dr Kate Rawles.

Kate is passionate about using adventurous journeys to raise awareness and inspire action on our major environmental challenges. She has recently returned from The Life Cycle: Colombia to Cape Horn by bamboo bike, exploring biodiversity loss.

A former lecturer in environmental philosophy, and in Outdoor Studies at the University of Cumbria in Ambleside, Kate set up Outdoor Philosophy to explore big questions about human/nature relations in nature rather than lecture theatres.

In 2006, she cycled from Texas to Alaska along the spine of the Rockies exploring climate change. Her book about this journey, The Carbon Cycle; Crossing the Great Divide, was shortlisted for the Banff Mountain Festival Adventure Travel Award, 2012. Other ‘adventure plus’ journeys include the Gyre to Gaia ocean plastic pollution sailing voyage with Pangaea Exploration.

Lake District Foundation CEO, Sarah Swindley, says “We are delighted to welcome Kate Rawles as an ambassador for the Lake District Foundation. Her passion for communication and adventures in the great outdoors are a perfect fit for our cause, and we hope that this partnership will inspire many more people to care for our spectacular wildlife and landscapes.”

Kate joins existing ambassador Sean Conway, who has been supporting this charity since it was founded in 2017.

You can find out more about our ambassadors, here.

 

Cedar Manor is fundraising for the Lake District Foundation – in three languages

Cedar Manor is helping us to reach out to international visitors with fundraising material developed in Chinese, Korean and Japanese as well as English for guests staying at the hotel.

Like many other accommodation providers in the Lake District, Cedar Manor is already fundraising for the Lake District Foundation through a scheme that adds a small voluntary donation to bills drawn up for all guests at the hotel. Altogether, 39 accommodation providers in the Lake District contributed £51,033 to the Lake District Foundation in FY2017-18, with nearly 5 per cent or £2,337 of that figure raised by Cedar Manor alone. As of November 2018, this figure is likely to rise, however, with new bespoke room browser material describing the scheme and its benefits to international guests in their native languages.

With international visitor numbers rising steadily, we are dependent on hotels and other service providers in the honeypot areas of Windermere, Grasmere, Bowness and Hawkshead in particular for ways to help visitors continue to enjoy the treasures of this unique destination without diminishing its value for both future visitors and the people who live here. In time, we hope more hotels welcoming international guests will come forward to take advantage of the kind of promotional material we have developed for Cedar Manor.  With the funds we receive most recently allocated to projects to protect wildlife, clean up rivers, and champion communities, local businesses are the Lake District’s finest ambassadors, helping domestic and international visitors alike to “give back” to the Lake District, so that the Lake District can keep giving back to them.

Peter Rabbit inspires international donors to give over £100,000 pounds to the Lake District in eight years of Japanese visitor giving

Were she alive today, Beatrix Potter – an influential founder and avid supporter of the English conservation movement in her lifetime, as well as the artist who brought us Peter Rabbit – would surely be thrilled to see Peter Rabbit inspiring international as well as domestic visitors to care for the beautiful landscapes, rich wildlife and cultural heritage that inspired his creator.

Released in Japan in May this year, Peter Rabbit (Sony Entertainment 2018) made 1-1.1 billion yen in ticket sales and ranked second place in the first weekend box office rankings – the film’s popularity testimony to Peter’s enduring fascination for the Japanese public. As audiences in Japan recover from Peter’s latest charm offensive, the Lake District Foundation and more than 10 Japanese tour operators are celebrating eight years of success for the Japan Visitor Giving Scheme. Set up in 2010, the Scheme supports conservation projects in the Lake District by raising funds through the support of tour operators bringing Japanese tourists to the region.

The fundraising mechanism is simple: visitors who book a tour to the Lake District with tour operators participating in the Scheme are invited to make a £5 (approx. 700 yen at current rates) donation to the Lake District Foundation. Donors receive an original Peter Rabbit pin-badge as a thank you for the donation, and the rest of the funds are distributed to chosen projects in the Lake District. These have included restorative work at Wray Castle – one of many childhood summer homes for the Potter family when Beatrix was a young girl – and an important off-road path which helps visitors of every nationality, Japanese included, to travel on foot and by bicycle, safely and sustainably, to Hill Top Farm – a 17th century stone farmhouse bought by Beatrix Potter in 1905, and the place where she wrote many of the “little picture books” for which she is known.

The scheme has raised £116,125 (approx. 16,778,000 yen at current rates) to date, thanks to the generosity of Japanese donors and the support of the participating tour companies, which include Miki Tourist, JTB World Vacations Inc., Hanshin Friend Tour and the Global Youth Bureau. Lake District Foundation Director Sarah Swindley says: “We know that the Japanese public love the Lake District and we are delighted and grateful that they are helping us to care for the landscapes, wildlife and cultural heritage that inspired Beatrix Potter, for all to enjoy.” This love stems in part from Peter’s popularity with generations of Japanese schoolchildren, as well as the fact that Beatrix Potter’s stories are easy to read, rooted in nature, kawaii (cute), and quintessentially English.

Japanese and Chinese visitors comprise a large part of the some 2.6 million overseas visitors flocking to the Lake District each year (Cumbria Tourism, estimated figures for 2016) – female Japanese visitors in particular visiting the area to soak up the Peter Rabbit ambience as well as see other attractions like Dove Cottage in Grasmere, once the home of William Wordsworth. Were she alive today, Potter – an influential founder and avid supporter of the English conservation movement in her lifetime, as well as a shrewd creator and marketer of Peter Rabbit goods – would surely be delighted to see Hill Top Farm a top visitor attraction and Peter Rabbit fostering a love not only for cuddly toys, stationery, plates, keyrings and other souvenirs featuring his image, but an enduring love for and support of the green fields, fells and valleys in which Peter and his siblings would have played.

As the film shows, Peter Rabbit had many friends who were imagined and created by Ms Potter: Mrs Tiggy-winkle, a hedgehog, and a pig called Pigling Bland among them. Absent from the cast is a particular young red squirrel called Squirrel Nutkin – beloved by generations of British schoolchildren for his antics on Derwentwater, where he paddled out by raft to St. Herbert’s Island (Owl Island in the tale) with other squirrels, spreading out their red bushy tails as sails. Red squirrels are a small native woodland mammal, found mainly in wooded areas in the north of England, western Wales and parts of Scotland, threatened with extinction for decades owing to competition from the invasive non-native American grey squirrel introduced to the Britain in the 1870s. Greys out-compete red squirrels for food in deciduous and mixed woodlands and transmit a virus that is lethal to red squirrels. Today, there are estimated to be only 140,000 red squirrels left in Britain, with over 2.5 million greys. Little surprise, then, if few British children will have ever seen a red squirrel outside of picture-books, television or wildlife centres.

There is hope for the red squirrel, however, thanks to the efforts of local and regional conservation groups working hard to control grey squirrels and support reds in their natural habitat. Red squirrel numbers are rebounding in the Lake District and Cumbria, and these shy creatures can now be found in woods on the banks of Derwentwater again, presumably contemplating their next big adventure to Owl Island. The Lake District Foundation recently made a grant of £6,067 to local red squirrel conservation groups, which will be used to support conservation rangers, red squirrel feeding stations and monitoring surveys that help to inform future conservation work.

To help us care for the breath-taking landscapes that are home to Peter and his friends with a donation please visit www.justgiving.com/lakedistrictfoundation or contact Tracey Gannon, our International Partnerships Coordinator by email at [email protected] or phone +44-1539-822622.

Lake District Foundation announces first wave of new grants

The Lake District Foundation has revealed the first five projects set to receive funding from its grant fund, sharing out £16,000 between five projects from across Cumbria.

Funds had been raised through local businesses asking their guests for donations when they pay their bill, while further money was also raised by visitors, residents and others who love the Lake District by donating online, by text or through traditional donation boxes.

In total, we received 35 applications, and had the difficult task of choosing the projects which could benefit from the money available. The chosen projects were awarded funding based on criteria including the impact, links to World Heritage Site status, community involvement, and partnership working.

 

We are delighted to announce funding for the following projects:

Project Organisation
Adopt a beck – Dash beck West Cumbria Rivers Trust
Making it Count for Wildlife Cumbria Local Nature Partnership (CLNP)
Haweswater Woodland Planting Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Lakeland Arctic-Alpine Vegetation Restoration Project John Muir Trust
Community Heritage Action for Communities in Cumbria

 

Details of the first five projects to be chosen are as follows:

  • The Adopt a Beck Project will deliver practical measures to improve the habitat of Dash beck for a range of wildlife, particularly salmon and trout, and improve the safety and accessibility of the footpath from Bassenthwaite village to the lake. The activities will be undertaken by volunteers where appropriate, providing opportunities to learn about the stream and the threats it faces. This will include bank stabilisation, Himalayan balsam pulling, fencing off the beck from livestock and monitoring activities. The project will also include a training day for landowners on coppicing with Cumbria Woodlands.

 

  • The Making it Count for Wildlife project by Cumbria Local Nature Partnership will review and identify the priorities and strategies for caring for our wildlife in Cumbria. Looking at whole landscapes and ecosystems, they will identify projects that deliver bigger, better more joined-up habitats and resilient, well-functioning ecosystems. Over the years we’ve invested in many great projects which support individual species and whole habitats, and this project will help us to take a step back and look at the wider Cumbrian picture to ensure that future funding is invested in the best possible places and projects, and with the right people involved to deliver measurable benefits for wildlife, place and people.

 

  • In the Haweswater Woodland Planting Project local volunteers will help plant 400 individually protected native trees on a carefully selected area of Mardale Common, extending the existing ancient woodland and contributing to the resilience of the iconic Lake District landscape, as older trees are lost. The new open woodland will create important habitat for wildlife and improve soil stability, slowing the flow of rainwater from the fell, helping to reduce flood risk and improving the quality of drinking water from the Haweswater catchment. Local people will gain new skills through our fun, weekly conservation work-party.

 

  • The Lakeland Arctic-Alpine Vegetation Restoration Project aims to increase the populations of threatened and restricted numbers of arctic-alpine species on the crags of the Helvellyn range in the Lake District National Park. Some species, often at the southern edge of their range and nationally important, have had their numbers reduced through combinations of collecting, grazing and recreation. Climate change is also a future threat against which increased, more robust populations will have a better chance of survival. They will work with expert advice from Natural England but also the local community on plant and seed propagation.

 

  • Community Heritage will deliver a series of community workshops throughout Cumbria & the Lake District which will help residents understand and take ownership of the Cultural Heritage of the Lake District World Heritage Site. Residents will explore the benefits, opportunities and challenges presented by WHS and be encouraged to embrace and celebrate their own cultural heritage. The main outcome is to open channels for dialogue between LDNP partners and communities and to build the capacity for place-making initiatives, using WHS and Cultural Heritage as a catalyst to nurture pride of place.

 

Sarah Swindley, Director of the Lake District Foundation says: “We are delighted to be able to award funds to these fantastic local projects. We are so grateful to the generous visitors and residents who love the Lake District and have made a donation. We look forward to seeing this projects progress and deliver positive impact for Cumbria.”

Two weeks to go – three new rewards announced!

Hot off the press….

Earlier this month, we launched a massive crowdfunding campaign , with the aim of raising £17,000 to fix the well-trodden footpaths of Scafell Pike. The campaign has raised £5,000 so far and now with just over 2 weeks to go, we are pleased to announce three fantastic new rewards.

  • Donate £150 or more to claim a Lake District Pound First Edition Collector Set. This 2018 LD£ Collector Set contains a set of perfect condition, uncirculated Lake District Pounds – LD£20, LD£10, LD£5 & LD£1 – all featuring your own unique serial number. Every LD£ you collect funds projects that look after our landscapes and local communities. Join a global community of people who love the Lake District and want to help keep it special. 25 available.
  • Donate £150 or more to claim a Fix the Fells Volunteering Experience. Enjoy a day out on the Lake District fells with the Fix the Fells volunteer lengthsmen. Learn the techniques and try your hand at upland footpath maintenance. On a mutually convenient date, for up to 4 people. 2 available.
  • Donate £200 or more to claim a Fix the Fells Ranger Day. An exciting opportunity to understand more about the incredible landscape around the Lake District, and all the work that goes into looking after it. Dates and locations to be arranged with the winner, can be tailored to suit interests and fitness etc. 2 people able to attend. 1 available!

To make your donation and claim your reward visit https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/mend-the-lakes

Rewards are limited and will be awarded on a first come first served basis so the sooner you donate the better!

 

 

Japanese Tour Operators raise £18,975 for the Lake District Foundation

Japanese Tour Operators have collectively raised £18,975 for the Lake District Foundation in a year.

The participating businesses ask their customers who are booking a trip to the Lake District if they would like to make a £5 donation to the Lake District Foundation, and they receive a small gift in exchange.

Last year, we were delighted that the following tour operators were involved:

  • Club Tourism International
  • Eurasia Travel
  • Friend Tour West Japan
  • Global Youth Bureau
  • Hankyu Travel International West Japan
  • JALPAK
  • JTB Media Retailing Kyushu Branch
  • JTB Retailing Tokyo
  • JTB Media Retailing West Japan
  • LOOK JTB
  • Nippon Travel Agency
  • TDR Travel Express

Here are some pictures of our participating businesses celebrating another successful year!

Moriyama high school students thank the Lake District for having them with a generous donation

Students from Shiga Prefectural Moriyama High School were back in the Lake District again this summer for a one week study programme as part of their Japanese Ministry of Education funded school project “To Realise a Sustainable Society”. We were delighted to be invited to their final presentation workshop and farewell party at the YHA Grasmere, where the students presented Ms Sarah Swindley, CEO of the Lake District Foundation with a generous donation of £100.

At the barbeque party which followed the presentations, students quizzed our CEO eagerly on topics ranging from the differences in environmental awareness in Japan and the UK, attitudes to volunteerism in the two nations, and why the Lake District could take a leaf out of Japan’s book, by installing road mirrors on corners to help cars and buses more safely navigate the Lake District’s many narrow and winding roads.  Sarah Swindley pronounced herself “utterly charmed” by the Moriyama high school students, and we hope to see them again next year, as well, perhaps, as students from other Japanese high schools, in years to come. With better weather, hopefully, given the torrential rain that fell during the farewell barbeque!

Youth Panel Member Recruitment

The Lake District Foundation is looking for up to 10 young people aged 14-19 to help us shape the direction of the charity.

We want to better understand what young people value in the Lake District and Cumbria, what projects they feel are important to support and what life is like for them living in the area.

This is a volunteer opportunity but travel expenses will be paid.

Meetings will be held up to 4 times a year.

Role Description/Person Specification

Aged between 14-19 on 01/09/2018

Living in The Lake District or surrounding Cumbria.

An interest in areas such in conservation, tourism, charity or environment.

Able to attend up to 4 meetings a year at locations across the Lake District. Support will be given to attend and we would not want access to transport to be a barrier to applying.

This is an exciting opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people, develop experience that is useful for CVs/ personal statements and explore new career avenues. There will also be the opportunity to meet our Trustees and our Adventure Ambassador, Sean Conway.

Short listed candidates will be invited for an informal interview.

If you are interested please complete the short form on the link below.

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https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6J3VSKW

The Lake District Foundation is 1!

Today, 9th August 2018,  we celebrated 1 year since we were registered with the Charity Commission. To celebrate, we invited our trustees, volunteers, partners and corporate supporters to join us for a networking party (with cake of course) including a short presentation from the director, Sarah Swindley.

Sarah highlighted our activities and achievements over the year, including having raised almost £400,000 for 16 different projects in the last 12 months.

Sarah Swindley says, “Growing a new charity is an amazing challenge for any third sector leader. We have big plans at the LDF and are working hard to achieve our ambitious goals. It’s been a busy year so far, running two organisations in parallel as we said goodbye to Nurture Lakeland and transitioned all our work into the new structure.

“We are a tiny team of with the equivalent of four full time staff. Our influential trustees are the heart of our organisation and I would like to thank the board, my staff and our volunteers for all this hard work. We have had incredible support from the many that see the necessity of an independent charity that is noncampaigning, politically neutral and aims to make a positive difference by harnessing the love that people have for the area.”

Over 30 supporters attended the event and were asked to help us to answer the following questions:

  1. How can we work better together?
  2. What would you like us to prioritise in the next 12 months?
  3. What projects would you like us to support?

We received some great ideas and we look forward to putting your ideas into action.

Attendees received a copy of our annual report, hot off the press! You can read it here.

Attention is now shifting towards the next 12 months. Director Sarah Swindley, added: “Our first grants will shortly be awarded and there are many amazing projects that we can support come to life. I’m excited to see where the future takes us. We are planning two new campaigns that will look to raise funds directly from the public to distribute to great work in the Lake District. We are working with Natural England on an exciting piece of work on the Cumbrian West Coast, linked to the new national coastal path. We are also developing our partnership with Cumbria Tourism and others to look at how we use every opportunity to promote sustainable tourism habits and approaches.

To keep up to date with the latest news from the Lake District Foundation, sign up to our newsletter or follow us on twitter, facebook and instagram!

Action for marine conservation in the Irish Sea

Last year we raised over £1,000 for the Living Seas project. We caught up with the project manager to find out how the project is progressing.

How do you know this project is needed?

Unfortunately, the UK seas are not Living Seas. Decades of neglect have left them damaged and degraded, a shadow of their former diversity and abundance. We urgently need to act to bring them back to life, and the next five years are critical.

It is literally ‘make or break’ time. With new laws and Government commitments in the offing, we have a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity. If we make the very best of that opportunity, pushing every step of the way, our seas will turn the corner and start to recover their health. If we do not, they will continue on their downward spiral.

What does your project do to address this need?

Cumbria, Lancashire, and Cheshire Wildlife Trusts have come together to deliver The Wildlife Trusts’ vision for our seas across the region: Living Seas North West. With the invaluable help of our supporters, volunteers and members they are campaigning for the designation and management of a network of Marine Protected Areas throughout the Irish Sea and the conservation of the wider marine environment.

The Wildlife Trusts envisage that within Living Seas, marine wildlife will thrive, from the depths of the ocean to the coastal shallows.
In Living Seas:

  • Wildlife and habitats are recovering from past decline as our use of the seas’ resources becomes environmentally sustainable.
  • The natural environment is adapting well to a changing climate, and ocean processes are helping to slow down climate change.
  • People are inspired by marine wildlife and value the sea for the many ways in which it supports our quality of life.

Can the local community get involved with your project?

To achieve these goals the project works closely with local communities to ensure that the project activities and outcomes also meet their needs.

As part of the project the Wildlife Trusts have delivered marine and coastal community engagement events and activities to encourage people to explore and experience wildlife and wild places on the coast, with the hope that they will then see the value in protecting them for future generations to come. They are also recruiting and training volunteers from local communities to become Marine Champions to lead activities, carry out essential survey work and contribute to the campaign.

What outcomes have you achieved so far?

5398 people engaged in total throughout the second year of the project
29 surveys undertaken along the coast
1255 individuals have taken part in activities at centres along the coast
3339 additional people have been inspired through community events
869 children have benefitted from Beach School or school activities
1250 pledges made to protect the Irish Sea
530 young people actively engaged in campaigns and surveys
28 additional Our Irish Sea Marine Champions recruited
5 training days run for volunteers

To find out more about the project, follow Living Seas North West on facebook or twitter!

Fundraising success for the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path

The 6-month fundraising campaign to raise funds for the reconnection of the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path is now complete and we are pleased to announce that a total of over £102,000 has been raised. Local businesses, organisations, and residents turned out to celebrate the fundraising success over a scone and a cup of tea on Thursday 5th July, at the Moot Hall, Keswick.

Sarah Swindley, director at the Lake District Foundation, thanked the community for their support: It is testament to the amazing community spirit in Keswick that this much has been raised in such a short space of time. The energy and enthusiasm of residents and visitors who miss this path so much has been nothing short of inspirational. The Lake District Foundation is proud to have played our small part in this. We have made many friends and we look forward to working with you in the future as we find new ways to raise funds for the whole area.”

 The campaign was supported by the local community, with businesses, residents, visitors and organisations all playing their part. Donation boxes and campaign materials were displayed in 72 local businesses and many of these business carried out additional fundraising events including quiz nights, selling special products, and taking part in the K2T 5k challenge.

Chris Harper, Owner of Podgy Paws Pet Shop says; “When Jess from Cake & Salad and I put the call out locally we couldn’t believe how many businesses came forward to offer prizes. It was superb! And when we started selling tickets, again, we were blown away by the responses, as all the tickets were sold in a week. We were thrilled with how much was raised and quite simply, it was good old fashioned fun for a cause close to all our hearts”.

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 from proceeds. 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 first Briton to climb the world’s highest mountains, the fourteen 8,000m peaks. The Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa kindly donated the venue, canopies, reception drinks and £20 per booking to the campaign.

Members of the public could donate 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 or his challenge to walk the full route of the old railway from Penrith station to the former Keswick station.

Mark Eccles, Head of Park Management at the Lake District National Park, also attended the celebration event and thanked everyone and announced the next steps.

Mark says: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed towards the terrific fundraising effort and for the Lake District Foundation for coordinating the campaign. Whether you’ve run 5k, stood on a street corner with a donation box or bought a duck in the river race, you should be proud to have played your part in helping reconnect the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path.”

 “But it doesn’t stop here. We’re waiting to hear the results of a number of major funding bids, and are highly optimistic that we will secure the amount needed to be able to begin construction, subject to planning permission, later this year. If all goes to plan, we will be looking at a two year build phase, meaning this important route could be fully reconnected by 2020.”

The following next steps to reconnecting the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path were outlined at the celebration event as follows:

  • Extensive building, design and consent works, including:
    • 5km trail
    • re-opening and extending of ‘big tunnel’
    • two new bridges
    • extensive repair and improvement to one bridge
    • 200m metres of new path
    • extensive repairs to existing infrastructure (drains, walls, bridges and revetment walls)
    • soft engineering providing river bank stabilisation.
  • Planning permission to be determined on 1 August 2018
  • Imminent tendering of work to identify and secure a contractor to build the Multi User Trail, taking up to 10 weeks
  • Construction will take up to two years and could start from November 2018

Local Resort raises £20,000 for Lake District Conservation Projects

Hapimag’s Burnside Park Resort at Bowness on Windermere, in the heart of the Lake District, has reached a fundraising milestone by raising over £20,000 for local conservation projects.  The business has worked closely with local charity The Lake District Foundation (formerly Nurture Lakeland) for over 10 years, raising funds for a variety of projects protecting Cumbria’s unique natural landscape, flora and fauna.

Sarah Swindley, Director of the Lake District Foundation said “£20,000 is a fantastic sum to raise.  The Lake District Foundation’s Visitor Giving Scheme was one of the first in the country and Burnside Park was one of our earliest supporters.  The business has demonstrated over many years how visitors to the Lake District are happy to give back to help care for this unique environment.”

Lisa Holden, Resort Manager at Burnside Park explained “When we enrolled in the scheme, I never dreamt that we would raise such a huge sum.  Visitor Giving is a simple concept, raising funds by adding a small voluntary contribution to the Lake District Foundation to each guest accommodation bill.

All the team here take great interest in the projects we support and in talking to our guests about how they have helped make a difference.  I think this is the secret of our success – by making sure that all our guests understand how their donation is used, we find that very few guests choose to opt out of the scheme.

We are very proud to play our part in helping to care for the Lake District’s wonderful environment – it is, after all, what brings our guests back the Lake District year after year.”

Thanks to the funds raised at Burnside Park, the Lake District Foundation were able to make a grant to South Cumbria Rivers Trust’s ‘Experience the River’ project.  Children from South Lakes primary schools have enjoyed trips to their local river, where they are encouraged to get their feet wet to experience the river habitat at first hand and to study the fascinating creatures and plants found there.

Bekka Corrie-Close of the South Cumbria Rivers Trust thanked Burnside Park for their fundraising. “It’s our aim to make the children champions for their local beck, and to carry the message for sustainable activities at home and at work into their local communities.  The funding from the Lake District Foundation’s Visitor Giving Scheme has been vital to the continued implementation of this project, which has reached over 1,000 local children since 2006.  We can’t thank local businesses enough for their support for our project.”

 

 

Better habitats for rare butterflies thanks to LDF funding

Last year the Lake District Foundation made a grant to support conservation work at Warton Crag Nature Reserve, and in March 2018 the staff and volunteers at Lancashire Wildlife Trust completed a project to provide habitat for rare butterfly species.

Warton Crag is a nationally important area of limestone habitat including grassland, woodland and limestone pavement, supporting some of Britain’s rarest butterflies, including Peal Bordered Fritillary and High Brown Fritillary, as well as an array of other rare invertebrates and plants.

The woodland is managed by coppicing, which provides patches of open, sunlit ground vital to Fritillaries and a range of other woodland species. The areas of limestone grassland and bracken are managed by conservation grazing using hardy, native breed cattle, which help maintain a mosaic of important habitats.

During the summer of 2017 work started on timber extraction from felling works during the previous winter. Because part of the site is designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM), one of the conditions attached with the permission from Heritage England was that a temporary bridge had to be built over the upstanding features of the upper ramparts before machinery could be taken up to the summit to extract timber. This was achieved using a geotextile mat backfilled with wood chip produced on site and lengths of chestnut paling to stabilise the chip on the slope.

 

Around ten tonnes of timber particularly the less accessible unstacked lengths were moved by hand with staff and volunteers and then extracted using the Trust tractor and a hired in ATV. Contractors were employed to take off the remaining larger timber stacks using specialist equipment to ensure there was no damage to either the SSSI or SAM and work was completed at the start of August 2017.

 

The eight wheel drive Alstor Mini-Forwarder used proved ideal for accessing narrow gaps and difficult terrain and left almost no visible footprint.

 

Monitoring work during the summer of 2017 produced very low numbers of Pearl-bordered and High Brown Fritillaries but there was good news with an excellent year for Small Pearl-bordered with the best numbers for over ten years. It was also great to see many of these using the new rides and coppiced areas.

 

New ride (above left), visited by Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary (above right). 

Work started early in the 2017/2018 winter season to complete the second phase of the main felling works. After completing the ride down the southern ridge below the summit, work started on the new ride down towards Westfield in early 2018.

All the work was finally finished early in March 2018 and the main network of rides has now been completed. Summer 2018 will see the remaining timber extracted and the usual summer work of butterfly monitoring and bracken control.

Lancashire Wildlife Trust are currently looking into developing outlets for some of the timber to help financially support future ongoing maintenance work, as well as looking to develop ideas for utilising the smaller coppice wood from ongoing management in future years.

The next Lake District Foundation call for grants will open on 1st July 2018. If you work on projects that care for the landscapes, wildlife and cultural heritage we would love to hear from you.

 

 

Heart of the Lakes raises over £18,000 for the Lake District Foundation

The award-winning Lake District self-catering agency Heart of the Lakes, with offices based in Ambleside and Keswick has presented its first donation of £18,732 to the Lake District Foundation.

The money was collected between 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018 for their chosen campaign: Fix the Fells. The monies raised will be used to sponsor a Fix the Fells upland path ranger – their “Woman At the Top“!

Sue Jackson, Partner of Hearts of the Lakes says; “As part of our ongoing commitment to conservation and the environment, and as a local family business operating across the entire Lake District National Park, we have valued and supported the crucial work of Nurture Lakeland from day one. We now look forward to continuing to work alongside the new Lake District Foundation and are extremely excited to hear about the new initiatives that both the business community and our loyal visitors can get involved with.  By working together, we can ensure this very special landscape that we work, live in and enjoy all year round is looked after for future generations and visitors alike.”

The original visitor fundraising project began in 1995 – the very first of its kind in the UK – to encourage visitors booking through Heart of the Lakes to contribute £1 per week booked towards local projects that care for the Lake District. Today the initiative funds a full-time member of staff at The National Trust who works with the Fix the Fells project team that helps to restore and improve the footpaths across the Lake District.

Sarah Swindley, Director of Lake District Foundation says; “Heart of the Lakes have played a fundamental role in developing key visitor giving schemes over a considerable amount of time and have been influential from the very beginning of some of the most successful environmental projects in the county. The work they have contributed to is a fine example of what The Lake District Foundation aims to achieve, and we look forward to working with them to many more years to come.”

In 2005, due to the success of the scheme the contribution was increased to £2 per week booked. Through the generosity of Heart of the Lakes customers £381,717 has been raised, and after match funding from Heritage Lottery this figure is over £500,000 for Fix the Fells.

If you are inspired to support local community projects such as this, please make a donation to the Lake District Foundation Fund.

Or to find out more about fundraising in your business, take a look at our simple steps, or get in touch – we would love to hear from you!

Ways to donate

Join us as a regular supporter of the Lake District Foundation!

By donating as little as £2.50 per month, you can become a regular supporter and directly contribute to funding vital projects aimed at caring for the Lake District and Cumbria’s natural environment and cultural heritage.

As a regular donor you will receive a welcome pack including a Lake District Foundation tote bag, window sticker, limited edition pin and woven patch badge – the latter of which has been produced by Keswick-based family business, Conquer Lake District.

You can sign-up by telephoning 01539 822 622, 9am-5pm on weekdays, or download this form and return by post or email to [email protected]

 

See below for more ways to donate:

Donation Method

How to do it

Gift Aid Collection Available?

 

Online

Visit our JustGiving page and enter your card or PayPal details to make a donation amount of your choice JustGiving will collect Gift Aid on our behalf
Cash Please hand cash to a member of the Lake District Foundation and if applicable, specify your chosen campaign (e.g. K2T). We can provide a receipt if needed. If the cash donation is under £20, we can claim Gift Aid without a declaration. If the donation is over £20 please complete a Gift Aid Declaration and send to us by email or post.
Cheque Please make your cheque payable to Lake District Foundation and if applicable, write your chosen campaign (e.g. K2T) on the reverse. Please complete a Gift Aid Declaration and send to us by email or post.
Community fundraising or sponsored event Please get in touch with us, or set up a JustGiving fundraising page Built in to JustGiving
Text Giving To donate to the Lake District Foundation Fund:

Text “LAKE01 £5” to 70070

or to donate to the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path Fund:

Text “KTOT18 £5” to 70070

You will receive a text message asking if you would like to Gift Aid your donation

Red Squirrel Workshop – Monday 16th April 2018

Are you involved in red squirrel conservation in Cumbria?

Join us for a development workshop on Monday 16th April 2018 at 13:00 – 15:30at Murley Moss Business Park, Kendal.

The aim of the workshop is to:

  • discuss the strategic and operational challenges facing red squirrel conservation groups,
  • identify some key achievable outcomes for Cumbrian red squirrels,
  • explore the potential to work towards a joint fundraising campaign.

Agenda:

13:00   Welcome from the LDF

13:10   Outline Workshop Aims

13:20   Update: red squirrel conservation – national position

13:30   Update from local groups: describe your organisation, aims for 2018, top 3 challenges, and opportunities identified

14:30   Workshop activity – prioritising outcomes and opportunities

15:00   Plenary

15:30   Close

 

To find out more and to book your place, please get in touch: [email protected]

Reconnecting the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path – Fundraising Campaign is Live!

Working with the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA), we are launching a fundraising campaign to raise funds for the reconnection of the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path, and we are now looking for the help and support of local businesses and community groups with this campaign.

Heather Askew, fundraiser for the Lake District Foundation said “I know how much we all miss having this fantastic route available, whether it’s for a family walk, a training run or a cycle ride.  This accessible route has so much to offer for both locals and visitors and is a vital connection between Threlkeld and Keswick.  This fundraising campaign will help support the cost of getting this route fully restored.  I hope that local businesses and community groups in Threlkeld and Keswick will be keen to get involved and support this project.”

The flooding in December 2015 caused extensive damage to the trail, 2 bridges were unseated from their abutments and irreparably damaged, a third was badly damaged, 200m of path embankment was washed away and undercutting of the bank below is threatening the long-term stability of the boardwalk section.

The LDNPA intend to largely reinstate the original route, including work to replace the two missing bridges, to repair the third bridge, to re-route the trail around the missing section of embankment and to reopen the original railway tunnel to replace the raised boardwalk section.

Planning permission for the work is being applied for in March 2018 and the project is expected to cost around £5.4 million. A £2.5 million grant from Highways England has been awarded, and we are now looking to raise the shortfall of around £3 million.

The LDNPA anticipate that phase 1 (design) will be complete by July 2018 with the designs and necessary environmental and planning consents in place.  Subject to securing match funding, phase 2 (construction) could start as early as summer 2018.  The LDNPA will be sharing designs for the project in February 2018.

If you would like to get involved with this fundraising campaign, please email Heather Askew: [email protected] or call us on 01539 822622.

You can donate to the campaign by:

Don’t forget to follow the Lake District Foundation on Facebook and Twitter for the latest campaign updates!

 

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