The Lake District is known for its stunning mountains, fresh air and clean Lakes but we need your help to keep it that way.
The Lake District has been welcoming visitors back after Covid-19 lockdown restrictions eased which is fantastic news for all those enjoying this spectacular place. However, the sheer volume of visitors is having a huge impact on the wildlife, landscapes and cultural heritage.
The Lake District is now welcoming back visitors. We are delighted you have continued to support and value this special place.
Whilst you have been away, we have worked alongside partners and businesses to look after our natural world. We hope you enjoy exploring the open spaces and your favourite spots in this spectacular landscape. For guidance on visiting safely, please visit the Lake District National Park website.
We rely on your support to help to care for the wildlife, landscapes and cultural heritage of the Lake District and Cumbria.
Find out more about the many ways that you can make a difference today here.
The Lake District Foundation works with partners to help care for the landscape, wildlife and heritage of the area. We know that people have been really valuing our natural world during lockdown and we have been getting lots of enquires about how best to offer support. We think hedgerows tick a lot of boxes!
We have an ambitious plan want to create or reinstate 4 Kilometres of new hedgerows in the Lake District.
Sadly over the last 70 years our hedgerows have become significantly reduced both in the length and in quality. Now seems a really excellent opportunity to engage and support farmers, landowners and communities to reinstate and improve their hedgerows.
Following storm damage to a set of marquees that were erected for Loweswater Show on 1 September 2019 The storm caused £10,000 of damage, Herdwick Sheep Breeders Association wish to raise £1,750 to cover half the £2500 excess on their marquee insurance policy.
We granted of £1750 to them via our small grants fund and we are now helping HSBA with this crowdfunder to raise the remaining £1,750.
If this Crowdfunder is successful, HSBA will be in a position to continue supplying the marquees that are a fundamental necessity for such events.
The following organisations make use of their facilities:
Millom & Broughton Agricultural Show Eskdale Show Gosforth Show Wasdale Head Show Egremont Crab Fair Ennerdale Show Loweswater Show Cockermouth Show Keswick Show Threlkeld Sheep Doig Trials Buttermere Show Borrowdale Show
Without the marquees some of these show may not be able to run.
Mountain Festival and The Lake District Foundation are excited to
announce an innovative partnership to raise funds for conservation.
Festival goers are able to donate to a new fund hosted by the
Foundation, supporting the joint mission to look after our
natural world and inspire others to share the many benefits of life
will be split between World Land Trust, local community conservation
projects and projects involving young people. With the Festival
attracting over 16,000 visitors in 2018 the potential to make a real
difference is enormous.
Sarah Swindley CEO of the LDF says:
hope to work with the team and supporters of the Festival for the
long term, developing a fund that can achieve transformational
change, throughout the region and beyond.
that our values align and we have a shared passion for inspiring
others to protect and experience the wonder of the natural world. The
Lake District has always been a catalyst for change and progress in
outdoor adventure and we think that there are many opportunities for
this partnership to develop.
Jacqui Scott, CEO of the Kendal Mountain Festival says:
are delighted to align the Festival with the Lake District
Foundation. The generation of these funds will provide us with new
opportunities to engage with new
conservation projects whilst inspiring young people; who we believe
have the intuition, creativity and bravery to find solutions to
protect the environment. We know that our audience are passionate
about protecting mountain landscapes and enabling others to
experience their beauty and will be delighted to support this
partnership and help with the generation of funds to care for these
Red squirrels: charming, charismatic, an icon of the Cumbrian landscape, immortalised through Beatrix Potter’s Squirrel Nutkin. Cumbria is the best county to see wild red squirrels in northern England. We know that 80% of red squirrel conservation effort is being carried out by volunteer groups across the north. Without this passion and commitment, we will lose reds within 10-20 years.
Wilkinson Financial Management got more than they bargained for on a day out with Fix the Fells. Working in the Langdale valley the 6 strong team joined a Fix the Fells volunteer path repair team to work high up on the Lake District mountainside.
After a few weeks of glorious weather the team arrived to traditional Lakeland weather with low fog and heavy rain forecast. Undaunted the teams set off up the fellside to Browney Ghyll path in Oxendale Langdale, to see first-hand the work of Fix the Fells volunteers carrying out essential repairs to the Sickle Ghyll paths.
Richard Wilkinson, Wilkinson Financial Management Practice Manager says “It was a pleasure to be out witnessing the hard work of the volunteers. It was eye opening to see the amount of time, effort and artistry which goes into preventing footpath erosion on the fells.”
Steve Tonkin, Fix the Fells Fundraiser, says, “I’m constantly humbled by our contributors –they work hard to raise money for us and then to go out and get stuck in. It is just amazing”
Donate towards the National Park, and help us keep the Lake District spectacular.
Donate towards our National Park, and all the funds raised will help maintain more than 3,100km of paths and bridleways.
Millions of visitors, combined with our Cumbrian climate, means the National Park are constantly carrying out improvements and maintenance. By making a donation today, you can help us raise funds to look after this spectacular place now and in the future.
You can choose to support the Lake District by selecting a place, project or person you wish to sponsor – or by making a one-off donation.
Leave a legacy If you are donating in memory of a loved one or in celebration of a special occasion, you can add a simple engraved plaque to a finger post, gate, stile or bridge and choose whether to add a message to our memorial and celebration web page.