Help us to fix the Herdwick Sheep Breeders Association Marquee

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.

Please donate now to let us raise £1750

Green Business Network

The Lake District Foundation cares about our environment – and we know that our supporters do too. We want to work together to share tips and experience of cost effective ways to make your business greener.

If you want to know more about `green’ business opportunities, or share your experiences and ideas then come along to one of our breakfast meetings. More details and how to book your place can be found here and to see the Top 10 tips for easy green business solutions, click here

A-ha Distribution supports LDF

The Lake District Foundation is pleased to welcome A-ha Distribution to its growing number of business supporters.

A-ha Distribution are a local company with a huge love of the area we work and live in. So much of our work is about distributing information about the fabulous things to see and do in Cumbria and the Lake District. We know the landscape, heritage and wildlife are a huge part of why our customers need us. It makes sense that we want to be part of the business community that protects it. We are pleased to support The Lake District Foundation and no doubt you will see their leaflets in our distribution stands so much more now.

There is another reason we want to support the work done by  The Lake District Foundation. We are big supporters of our community too.  In the last year we have distributed over 27 000 child focussed maps with activity booklets to the children in Cumbria. We want this precious natural outdoor playground to be in a condition our children can benefit from for years to come.

Elaine Rengers – Director

A warm welcome to our new supporter

A very warm welcome to Matson Ground Estate Company. The newest addition to our business supporter community.

Comprising two working farms, several holiday cottages, residential lets and commercial units, all situated in some of the most breathtaking scenery the Lake District has to offer, Matson Ground Estate Company is looking forward to working with the Lake District Foundation and its supporters.

Rachel Thomas, MD says `We are acutely aware that as the number of visitors to this beautiful part of the country increases, so does the need to protect and preserve what we are lucky enough to have on our doorstep. Which is why we have chosen to support the Lake District Foundation.

This represents a fantastic opportunity to reduce any negative impact on the local environment, while at the same time promoting the Lake District as a world-class visitor destination.’

Funding for local projects

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 our ecosystem.

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 world travellers.

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 meadow.

Help inspire others to protect and access the outdoors when you visit Kendal Mountain Festival

Kendal 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 outdoors.

Donations 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:

“We 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. We know 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:

“We 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 precious environments.”

Apply for a Grant…


Applications are invited from projects which share our goal that the Lake District and Cumbria will be an inspirational example of sustainable development in action, and a place where a prosperous economy, world-class visitor experiences and vibrant communities come together to sustain its spectacular landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage.

Sarah Swindley, Lake District Foundation’s CEO, said: “After a busy year fundraising, we come to the best bit – giving money away to support our fabulous natural world. We know that the communities of Cumbria have great ideas about how to do this and we look forward to receiving lots of applications.”

Applications close at 5pm on 20 September.

Find out more and how to apply


Japanese Tour Operators raise £15,540 for the Lake District Foundation

Japanese Tour Operators have collectively raised £15,540 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
  • Hanshin Friend Tour
  • Hanshin Friend Tour West Japan
  • Hankyu Travel International West Japan
  • JTB Media Retailing Kyushu Branch
  • JTB Media Retailing Tokyo
  • JTB Media Retailing West Japan
  • JTB Corporate LOOK JTB
  • Nippon Travel Agency
  • TDR Travel Express

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



Hanshin Friend Tour
TDR Tour’s Express Inc
Nippon Travel Agency
JTB Media Retailing West Japan
JTB Media Retailing
JTB Corp. LOOK Div.
Hankyu Travel International West Japan
Eurasia Travel
Club Tourism International
Hanshin Friend Tour West Japan

Fix the Fells contributors Wilkinson Financial Management get wet and dirty with the volunteers

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”

Ullswater Way Fundraising Success

A local conservation charity is celebrating after a successful two month fundraising campaign ended on a high for the Ullswater Way, raising nearly £13,000.

The campaign has been a Lake District Foundation initiative for the ‘LDF Ullswater Way Fund’, set up to specifically care for the spectacular landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage surrounding England’s second largest lake. The Foundation ran the campaign throughout April and May to generate funds ahead of the busy tourism season by inviting locals, businesses and visitors to get involved in various ways from a crowdfunding campaign to contactless giving opportunities.

Sarah Swindley, Lake District Foundation’s CEO, said: “We are passionate about caring for this beautiful national park and are absolutely thrilled businesses, locals and visitors all share that passion with us. Together, we’ve raised nearly £13,000 for the ‘LDF Ullswater Way Fund’ over the last couple of months, thank you to all those who get involved and donated.”

The crowdfunder campaign spearheaded the visitor giving ask by inviting all those passionate about the Ullswater Way to make a donation in return for various rewards depending on the donation. The crowdfunder aimed to raise £5,000 but exceeded the target, finishing with £5,384 of donations. Those who donated were able to leave comments of support and encouragement for the repairs.

Ullwater Way Crowdfunder Donor said: “We enjoy walking the wonderful Ullswater way. It’s great that those footpaths are available free of charge. It’s good to have this opportunity to recognise their value to us.”

The fundraising total was generated by further donation methods as follows:

  • Business supporters for the Lake District Foundation were invited to become a supporter for the Ullswater Way Fund and were encouraged to add a £1 opt in to transactions.
  • Event organisers running events in Ullswater were encouraged to support the fund by donating and giving something back to the natural environment.
  • Contactless giving opportunities were available for locals and visitors to make a donation via the new contactless donation devices installed at the Ullswater Steamers in Glenridding and Bowness and Keswick Information Centres.
  • An invitation to anyone who wished to set up their own challenge and fundraise for the Ullswater Way was also encouraged.

The money raised through this crowdfunding appeal will allow work to be carried out by the Lake District National Park ranger team and volunteers to reduce the impact of the busy summer season ahead. The route needs drainage works, improvements to the path surface, new drystone walling, waymarker signs and to ensure the path is litter-free.

Chris Tomlin, Park Management Team Leader with the Lake District National Park, said:We’re delighted that such a fantastic amount has been raised through the Lake District Foundation’s crowdfunding initiative and other fundraising activities. Each and every donation is very gratefully received and will go towards ensuring we keep beautiful Ullswater special.

Official Ullswater Way Guide boosts crowdfunder donations

A crowdfunding campaign to raise £5,000 for the much loved walking path, the Ullswater Way, in the Lake District, is now within reach of hitting its target thanks to a generous donation boost.

The £1,500 donation came from Inspired by Lakeland, the publishing company for the official Ullswater Way Guide book. The publishers have donated £1 from every book sold to the Ullswater Way Fund.

The Official Guide has proven extremely successful since the launch last year, which has been made possible by the hugely supportive Ullswater valley retailers who have sold the book through their channels.

Dave Felton, Inspired by Lakeland, said:We were delighted to be approached to publish the official Ullswater Way Guide, and equally delighted to plough profits from sales of the Guide back into the Ullswater Way Fund. The Lake District makes my business possible, and one of the best things I can do to help maintain the landscapes I love – both now and for future generations – is to support them financially.”    

The Ullswater Way was created by the local communities and partners to show that the Ullswater valley was open for business after the devastating floods in 2015. The 20 mile circular route is a superb example of sustainable business partnerships in action. Local businesses are working alongside the Friends of the Ullswater Way, the Lake District National Park and the Lake District Foundation to educate and re-invest back into the area, to protect and care for the beautiful environment.

Sarah Swindley, Lake District Foundation’s CEO, said: “It is fantastic to receive a donation from sales of the official guide to the Ullswater Way. We’d like to say a massive thank you to Inspired by Lakeland, local businesses and of course those who have bought the guide. We are now 94% there on hitting the target of £5,000. We have less than a week to go, so please dig deep and donate, as a small donation makes a big difference.”

The money raised through this crowdfunding appeal will allow work to be carried out by the Lake District National Park ranger team and volunteers to reduce the impact of the busy summer season ahead. The route needs drainage works, improvements to the path surface, new drystone walling, waymarker signs and to ensure the path is litter free.

Mark Richards, Author of the Ullswater Way Guide, said: “Ullswater is the scenically most uplifting valley in the Lake District, I am constantly drawn back to it and delighted to be giving something back. All who walk the Way and buy the Guide should know they too are supporting its upkeep.”

Anne Clarke, Friends of the Ullswater Way, said:“Through the Ullswater Way, the Friends of the Ullswater Way Heritage Trail and the official Ullswater Way Guide, visitors are seeing our valley through more curious eyes, discovering its cultural history, being inspired by its beauty and lingering longer. Purchasing the Ullswater Way Guide is a great way to support the upkeep of the Way.”

To donate any amount, visit the Ullswater Way project page on the crowdfunding website at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/ullswaterway  before May 27.

Inspired by Lakeland continue their support for the Ullswater Way with the launch of a new guide book next month from Lowther Castle. A £1 donation from sales will also go into the Ullswater Way.  You can purchase a copy online at www.inspiredbylakeland.co.uk, at Lowther Castle or at the retailers around the Ullswater Way.

Photo caption, left to right: Dave Felton, Inspired by Lakeland, Anne Clarke, Friends of the Ullswater Way, Suzy Hankin, Lake District National Park Ranger and Mark Richards, Author of the Ullswater Way Guide

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