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Low Carbon Lake District Grant Scheme Round 2 – Open for registrations

Following a successful first round, the Low Carbon Lake District Grant Scheme will re-open for registrations on Thursday 23rd September 2021 9:00 AM until Thursday 14th October 2021 5:00PM.

Funding is available to community groups and businesses from a range of sectors operating in the Lake District National Park, for delivery of projects that reduce operational carbon footprint. Examples include renewable energy generation and energy efficiency projects.

Qualifying organisations will be awarded up to 60% of project costs, helping to make the move to low carbon technologies and practices more affordable.

Sarah Swindley, CEO, Lake District Foundation says: “It’s fantastic news that there’s been such a great take up with these grants already and we are delighted to be able to support local organisations to deliver low carbon projects. The Grant Scheme can support SMEs and community groups across a wide range of sectors and we look forward to assessing the next round of projects.”

The registration form and guidance can be found on the Lake District Foundation website, lakedistrictfoundation.org/low-carbon-lake-district-grants

Examples of organisations and projects already supported include Rookhow Quaker Meeting House who were awarded a grant to install an Air Source Heat Pump and loft insulation to improve the comfort levels in the building while reducing the carbon footprint. Levens Village Shop were awarded a grant to install an energy efficient refrigeration system. Up to 60% of the carbon footprint of retail businesses can be attributed to refrigeration, and this project addresses this issue.

Vanessa Riley, Levens Village Shop says: “We’d have struggled to complete the work without the grant received from the foundation. I would encourage anyone who is wanting to make improvements to their own carbon footprint to get in touch.”  

The launch of the second round coincides with the Ambleside to Zero event on Thursday 23rd September 2021 where a member of the team will be on hand to answer any questions.

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept registrations from outside the National Park boundary in this round.

About this project

This project is supported by the European Structural Investment Fund as part of the Low Carbon Lake District Project. 

The Low Carbon Lake District initiative is a comprehensive programme to help tackle climate change in the National Park, working in partnership with local businesses and communities to reduce greenhouse gases and prepare for the impacts of climate change. Led by the Lake District National Park Authority, other key partners include the Lake District Foundation, the National Trust, South Lakeland District Council and Cumbria Tourism.

The project has received funding from the England European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014- 2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) are the Managing Authorities for European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund funding through the Growth Programme, funds established by the European Union to help local areas stimulate their economic development. By investing in projects the funds will help to support innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs. For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/europeangrowth-funding

The Northern Powerhouse is a key aspect of this Government’s approach to addressing the productivity gap in the North and ensuring a stronger, more sustainable economy for all parts of the UK. Alongside over €1.5 billion of European Regional Development Fund support for businesses and communities across the North, the government has awarded £3.4 billion in three rounds of Growth Deals across the Northern Powerhouse.

State Aid Notice

This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses and community groups to make a real difference to the sustainability of Cumbria, to build back better, and create a greener future.

In order to avoid public funding distorting competition within the European common market, the European Commission sets limits on the levels of assistance which the public sector can provide to businesses (“the state aid rules”).   

Any assistance provided through this scheme will comply with the state aid rules by applying De Minimis Exemption, EC Regulation 1407/2013 (24 December 2013) in the first instance, and the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER), EC Regulation 651/2014 (17 June 2014) may also be applied.   

Photo credit: Kristian Buus / 10:10

Second Round of Hedgerow Funding Available In Cumbria

The second round of funding for the protection and creation of native hedgerows in Cumbria is now open.  

The Fund has £5,000 available in this call, running from 9am Monday 30th August – 5pm Sunday 12th September 2021. 

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.  

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 farmers, SME businesses, small charities and community groups operating in Cumbria. 

Sarah Swindley, CEO, Lake District Foundation said: We’re pleased to have the second round open ahead of the autumn planting season. The first call earlier this year was a huge success! We awarded four projects between £500 – £2,300, they all demonstrated environmental value either by planting new native hedgerow or restoration of old hedgerows and opportunities to allow for community engagement. We are looking forward to seeing who applies for this second round and wish everyone the best of luck”.  

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. 

One of the successful projects awarded a grant in the first round earlier this year, Hutton Head Farm in Penrith, have started work on creating a new 84 metre ‘corridor’ hedge to join a 20 acre semi-natural ancient woodland (The Holghyll Wood) with a 9 acre hay meadow (Lacet Hill).  

Phil Davies, Owner of Hutton Head Farm, explains: “We were delighted to receive funding from the Real Hedge Fund grant. Such a superb scheme to help protect our native hedgerows. Since receiving the grant in May we’ve ordered the hedgerow plants in preparation for the hedgerow planting season this Autumn. We will start planting in December and January and will start erecting the double fence with the help of a fencing contractor on the farm from now onwards. The fund is allowing us to create a new hedge to link key habitats together creating an important wildlife corridor. I would like to thank everyone who donated to the campaign to make this funding possible”.  
 

For a full update on the four projects awarded a grant earlier this year, visit https://www.lakedistrictfoundation.org/the-real-hedge-fund/  

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

Lake District and Cumbria Visitor Survey 2021

Share your experience and be in with a chance to win!

The team at Visit Lake District, Cumbria would love to hear about your visit to our county to help them better understand what’s important to you and how they can make your next visit even more enjoyable.

So, please do take just a few minutes to complete their short survey – it takes just a few minutes and by completing you’ll also be able to enter an exclusive prize draw!

Click here to take part in the visitor survey.

Thank you!

Celebrating 70 years of the Lake District National Park

The Lake District National Park Authority was created to help look after this unique corner of England, encouraging people to enjoy and understand its beauty and helping those who live and work here. Home to flourishing wildlife, thriving communities and spectacular landscapes, loved by millions and cared for by many, the Lake District was designated a National Park on 9 May 1951, 70 years ago! To mark 70 years of caring for the National Park, the Lake District 10 achievements over the years.

To mark 70 years of caring for the National Park, the Lake District National Park have shared some of their top 10 achievements over the years.

Activities for all – 48 Miles without Stiles routes across the National Park that are suitable for people with limited mobility, including wheelchair users, families with pushchairs, and those who want a simple route to see some beautiful scenery without too much effort.

Low Carbon for all – Low Carbon Lake District was launched in 2008 by the Lake District National Park to reduce greenhouse gases and prepare for the impacts of climate change. 

Working togetherThe Partnership was established in 2006 to bring together 25 organisations to collectively manage the Lake District.

International recognition – The Lake District National Park was inscribedWorld Heritage Site status for its cultural heritage and landscape in 2017. 

Heritage project success – The 400 year old Coniston Coppermines was taken off the At Risk Register in 2018 after we worked with local landowners, volunteers and businesses to preserve the site and install new creative storytelling within the valley. Similarly, the Duddon Iron Furnace was recently saved from the At Risk Register due to the continued good work of our archeologists and partners.

Landscape restoration – Between 2016 and 2019 the Lake District National Park worked with the community and partners to celebrate the heritage and restore the landscape in the Rusland valley.This major project created apprenticeships and connected people with the traditional skills that protected the wildlife and wooded landscape of the area.

A resilient National Park – Following the destruction of Storm Desmond in December 2015, Lake District National Park delivered Routes to Resilience, a £3 million programme to restore the Public Rights of Way network.

More than 400 hands –  more than 400 volunteers who help look after the Park in various ways from research to maintenance work out on the fells. Our dedicated Fix the Fells volunteers help repair paths from erosion on the high fells and protect the ecology and archaeological heritage of our beautiful landscape.

Housing – Lack of affordable housing is a national issue, but the need is even more acute in the Lake District. Lake District National Park are responsible for planning, we try to make sure new buildings or conversions are of a type needed by people who live and work locally.

A warm welcome – The National Park welcomes over 19 million visitors each year. 

Let us know what you love most about the Lake District using #LakeDistrict70 on social media! For more information visit the Lake District National Park’s website here.

Lake District Foundation receives grant of £249,000 from the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund

The Lake District Foundation has been awarded a grant from the Government’s £40 million second round of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, a multi-million pound boost for green jobs and nature recovery

Ninety nature projects across England have been awarded grants from £68,100 to £1,950,000 to create and retain over 1,000 green jobs, backed by the Government’s £80 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

Work will be carried out on over 600 sites from North Northumberland to the tip of Cornwall, and combined with the first round, almost a million trees will be planted, contributing towards the Government’s commitment to treble tree planting rates across England by the end of this Parliament.

Our project, delivered in partnership with Cumbria Woodlands and United Utilities, will deliver important nature restoration activities.

Funding will enable the delivery of vital restoration work on some of the most importance Ancient Woodland sites in the Thirlmere Valley, and which include SSSI’s and Plantations on Ancient Woodland sites.  Funding will also enable the creation of a new full-time post, supporting a graduate forester to hone and develop their skills – vital to ensure a skills pipeline into the conversation sector

Alongside this, we will provide promotion and advice on woodland creation and management to landowners and managers.  

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is a key part of the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan to kick-start nature recovery and tackle climate change. Connecting people with nature is another priority theme: by increasing access to nature and greenspaces, projects will support both physical and mental wellbeing. The Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund was developed by Defra and its Arm’s-Length Bodies  The fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England, the Environment Agency and Forestry Commission.

Environment Minister, Rebecca Pow, said:

“The diverse and ambitious projects being awarded funding today will help environmental organisations employ more people to work on tree-planting, nature restoration and crucially, help more of the public to access and enjoy the outdoors.

“Through our £80 million Fund, we are on track to support over 2,500 jobs, plant                 almost a million trees and increase nature recovery at a huge scale across the                 country, which will help us deliver against our 25 Year Environment Plan.”

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive, National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: 

“From wetland restoration, to creating wildlife-rich habitat for bees, it is vital that we value, protect and rebuild our natural heritage. This new funding will not only allow projects to carry out direct conservation which is essential in protecting our biodiversity, but it will increase awareness of how and why we need to change our behaviours in order to protect our future.” 

Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency, said:

“By supporting jobs from Northumberland to Somerset, the Green Recovery Challenge Fund will help deliver a nature positive future. The fund supports young people to develop skills needed to protect nature, build back greener and prepare for climate impacts, like floods and heatwaves.”

 Natural England Chair Tony Juniper said:

“Our environmental and conservation charity sector does an incredible job in protecting, improving and restoring the natural environment for the benefit of communities and the economy.”

Forestry Commission Chair Sir William Worsley said:

“This funding will help deliver thousands more trees and help us achieve our target of trebling tree planting rates in England by the end of the Parliament. We need to work towards net zero emissions by 2050; to address biodiversity loss; to better connect people with nature; and to create more green jobs in doing so. Trees are central to this and the projects being awarded these grants will have a hugely important role in helping us realise these objectives.”

A full list of awards is available to view here.

Highlights

  • The Lake District Foundation project, delivered in partnership with Cumbria Woodlands and United Utilities, will deliver important nature restoration activities. Funding will enable the delivery of vital restoration work on some of the most importance Ancient Woodland sites in the Thirlmere Valley, and which include SSSI’s and Plantations on Ancient Woodland sites.  Funding will also enable the creation of a new full-time post, supporting a graduate forester to hone and develop their skills – vital to ensure a skills pipeline into the conversation sector. Alongside this, we will provide promotion and advice on woodland creation and management to landowners and managers.  
  • 90 projects awarded grants to accelerate the implementation of nature-based projects, from new ‘insect pathways’ in our countryside and towns, to tree planting projects in deprived urban areas
  • Second funding round of Green Recovery Challenge Fund backed by £40 million, with over 1,000 jobs to be created or retained in England

£4,000 Fundraising Campaign Launched For The Lake District

The Lake District Foundation is taking part in an exciting match funding campaign to raise funds for the Lake District.

The charity are seeking to raise £4,000 by the 31st August 2021!

If the Lake District Foundation are one of the first 50 charities to raise at least £4,000 (excluding Gift Aid) from 50 donors through Giving Checkout between July 1 and August 31, the charity will receive a £2,000 unrestricted gift from JustGiving.

The initiative is to celebrate the launch of our new fee-free direct donation tool, Giving Checkout and are giving away £130,000 in unrestricted funding!


Plus, every charity that raises £4,000 will be placed in a draw to win one of three additional £10,000donations! 

Can you help? Donate today, visit: justgiving.com/donation

Stay Carbon Monoxide Safe 4 Summer

Carbon monoxide outside of the home

It’s not just in the house that you must be carbon monoxide safe. Anywhere that fossil fuels are burnt, CO can occur. Ensure that appliances are checked and maintained, barbecues are ALWAYS in open air (even after they have gone out), and you have a CO alarm present.

  1. Camping Tents – Never take a camping stove into a tent. Even after extinguishing. CO can continue to be produced for hours
  2. Caravans and Motorhomes – Appliances such as gas fires/cookers, or petrol-powered generators should be maintained and a CO alarm installed
  3. Boats – Similar to caravans and motorhomes, boats can contain fuel burning devices which should be maintained and a CO alarm should be present.
  4. Car Exhausts – Car exhausts produce carbon monoxide, so never leave a car running in a confined space, such as a garage.

The Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide starves the body of oxygen. Making individuals feel unwell, and therefore is potentially mistaken as a cold or flu. The longer the exposure to carbon monoxide, the worse the symptoms become. High levels of carbon monoxide exposure can be fatal.

  1. Headaches
  2. Dizzyness, tireness or confusion
  3. Stomach pain or sickness
  4. Difficulty breathing

#Safe4Summer

Find out more, visit

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Lake District Foundation Welcomes New Trustee

The Lake District Foundation, the local sustainability and conservation charity caring for the Lake District, welcomes a new trustee to the board, Dan Visser, to the board.  

Dan moved to the Lake District in 1999 to further his career in hospitality and for lifestyle reasons. Dan has been an active member of the tourism and hospitality sector in the Lake District and Cumbria over the last two decades.  

Dan joined Langdale Leisure in 2008 as Director of Sales and Marketing, returning the business to profitability and part of the team which delivers sustainable solutions and supports local communities. 

Dan Visser, Director of Sales and Marketing at Langdale Leisure, said “I am delighted to join the board at the Lake District Foundation. I have been working hard to develop and support a sustainable visitor economy here in the Lake District and Cumbria through my position at Langdale and as non-executive director and vice chair of Cumbria Tourism. The opportunity to support the team at the Lake District Foundation care for our special landscape is one I am very much looking forward to”. 

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 Dan as a new trustee to the Lake District Foundation. Dan brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in the tourism and hospitality sector which will strengthen the work the Lake District Foundation is aiming to achieve. We are looking forward to working with Dan 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] or visit lakedistrictfoundation.org.   

Conservation Charity Awards Hedgerow Grants

The Lake District Foundation, the local organisation helping look after nature and culture in the Lake District and Cumbria, have awarded grants from the Real Hedge Fund Campaign, part of their latest fundraising initiative.  

The successful projects have been awarded between £500 – £2,300 from a new fund launched last April by the Lake District Foundation and partners for the protection and creation of native hedgerows in Cumbria. The partners include the Ullswater Catchment Management CIC, The Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Woodland Trust and Eden Rivers Trust.  

The Fund aims to highlight the importance of hedgerows in the environment and the role within the cultural and natural heritage of the Lake District and has an ambitious target to plant 4,000 metres of native hedgerows across Cumbria.   

Sarah Swindley, CEO, Lake District Foundation said: We’ve had a fantastic response to this round of funding. Thank-you to all those who applied and congratulations to those who were successful. The grants have been awarded to those who demonstrated environmental value either by planting new native hedgerow or restoration of old hedgerows and opportunities to allow for community engagement. In total the grants awarded will fund 400 metres of native hedgerow in Cumbria. We look forward to sharing the stories and impact the funding will have”

Four projects have been selected, 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

  • Holghyll Wood to Lacet Hay Meadow, Hutton Head Farm, Penrith. A new 84metre ‘corridor’ hedge will be created to join a 20 acre semi-natural ancient woodland (The Holghyll Wood) with a 9 acre hay meadow (Lacet Hill). The new hedge will link key habitats together creating an important wildlife corridor.  
  • Holme House Farm, Skelsmergh  
    A new hedge will be created around the south and east boundaries of Holme House Farm and will extend the native woodland by 3000 sq m. Holme House Farm are a co-housing group building 5 eco-homes and living communally on a currently derelict farm with 12 acres of land in the River Sprint valley. The group seek to live together in ways that minimise the environmental impact and restore and enhance the wildlife and habitats of the woodland, river and meadows on our land. 
  • Low Park Hedge, Tebay 
    To restore an ancient hedge and fence both sides to protect it. Currently, the hedge is very overgrown but is used by red squirrels. It is a vital link between ancient woodland and a newly established wildlife area. Low Borrowbridge Farm is trying to make a 3.5-mile nature recovery network for the squirrels, working with Penrith Red Squirrels.  
  • Barn at Thwaite Head, Ulverston  
    A restoration project of an old barn and traditional orchard, using regenerative and holistic management principles. The installation of the new hedgerow will create additional biodiversity and benefit future orchard tree plantings and meadow grasses by creating a biodiverse area which can be resilient to pests, and benefit local wildlife and thrive. 

The next round of funding will be in September 2021 with £5,000 available. Further information about how to apply and the criteria will be available on the charities grant funding section of their website, lakedistrictfoundation.org/apply-for-a-grant/

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 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/ 

New luxury Lakes food delivery service launches with LDF as charity partner

A couple from the Lake District are championing the region’s artisan producers with the launch of a new luxury food box delivery service.  £1 from each box sold is shared equally between the Lake District Foundation and Growing Well charity.

Imogen Royall and Matt Kenyon, of Bowness in Windermere, have launched Dine in the Lakes, which offers people the chance to sample the best Cumbrian produce.

More than 20 local artisan producers and farmers, including Hawkshead Relish, Lovingly Artisan, Peter Gott, and Carvetii Coffee, have their products featured in the six boxes available online.

All boxes are accompanied by a selection of additional treats handpicked from Cumbria’s most talented producers; many of whom are the preferred suppliers of the region’s Michelin-star chefs.

The couple decided to launch the boxes when they returned from Croatia at the beginning of the first lockdown.

Imogen said: When we returned to Windermere last November it was a real bittersweet moment – we were thrilled to be home and reunited with our family but devastated to see the extent of the pandemic’s impact on local businesses.

“We’ve always been passionate about food and in particular the incredible producers here in Cumbria and decided to combine our love of both with our desire to do something to support local businesses to create a gourmet food delivery service.

“It’s been an incredible seven months in the making, and not without its challenges, but we’re so excited to have made our vision a reality and to launch Dine in the Lakes.” 

Matt added: “The support and generosity we’ve received from local artisans and farmers has been incredible.  At a time when many didn’t know what their futures held, they provided us with their time, knowledge and expertise to help make Dine in the Lakes a viable business. 

“It’s really brought what is already a close community closer together.  We’re incredibly proud to work together to collectively champion Cumbria and to start sharing the region’s finest produce with the rest of the country as we spread the word about our fantastic local producers.”

Prices range from £35 to £65 and nationwide delivery is available every Friday with £1 from every box donated to Cumbrian charities The Lake District Foundation and Growing Well, an organisation dedicated to helping adults experiencing poor mental health.

Care, live, visit. Our shared plan for the Lake District.

Is the Lake District somewhere you dream of visiting, somewhere you live and work, or somewhere that matters to you?

We want to share our new five year plan for the Lake District National Park from the words of 25 organisations. Here’s what it’s all about: National Park Partnership Plan

We would like to hear your views on our proposals and how the Plan can be delivered. You can also give us views on other aspects like the strategies, research and monitoring.

We would like to know about who has responded to the consultation so the final section of this survey asks a bit more about you.

We really appreciate your time and interest in the Lake District. 

To take the survey, click here and have your say. Thank you!

The Lake District (or anywhere!) Well-being Wish List

Nature is the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 and research shows that it is not just being in nature but how we interact with nature that counts.

During Mental Health Awareness Week, the Mental Health Foundation are inviting you to do three things: 

  • Experience nature: take time to recognise and grow your connection with nature during the week. Take a moment to notice and celebrate nature in your daily life. You might be surprised by what you notice!
  • Share nature: Take a photo, video or sound recording and share the connections you’ve made during the week, to inspire others. Join the discussion on how you’re connecting with nature by using the hashtags #ConnectWithNature #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
  • Talk about nature: discuss in your family, school, workplace and community how you can help encourage people to find new ways to connect with nature in your local environment.

The Lake District is a great place to improve your well-being, with breath-taking lakes and mountains to restore your balance.

HERE ARE OUR TOP 10 RESTORATIVE ACTIVITIES TO TRY IN THIS AMAZING PLACE:

  1. Take your shoes off on the grass
  2. Sit with your eyes closed and listen to nature
  3. Dip your hand in a lake or feet if you are brave
  4. Lie down and watch the clouds
  5. Forest bathe in a woodland – just sit under a tree and soak in your surroundings
  6. Tiptoe and follow a blackbird – or a red squirrel
  7. Watch a sunrise or sunset
  8. Read a book in nature
  9. Smell a flower
  10. Go offline – turn off your internet and be present

Download your checklist here.

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.  

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.

Carbon Monoxide: Raising Awareness

The Lake District Foundation will be delivering a project to raise awareness about Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning and safe visits to the countryside. The project is funded by Northern Gas who deliver gas to 2.7 million homes and businesses in the North East, Northern Cumbria and much of Yorkshire, and are committed to supporting the environment and local community.

Northern Gas are working hard to become a cleaner, greener business – reducing waste in their daily operations, and gearing up for a low carbon, sustainable future – targeting their daily operations to be net-zero by 2031. Before working with any business or organization we always follow our Working with Businesses Policy

Given that we are seeing a significant increase in the number of first-time visitors to the Lake District National Park and visitors who are new to camping and cooking in confined spaces it is likely that they are not aware of the risks of CO, which could have devastating effects on individuals but also local communities and businesses.

This project will provide important and potentially life-saving information to visitors and residents of the Lake District and Cumbria, and we anticipate that the lessons learned in this pilot project in the Lake District and Cumbria will be transferrable to other destinations.

The first stage of the project is to find out more about the current levels of awareness of the sources and risks of Carbon Monoxide poisoning amongst residents and visitors. If you would like to help to shape the campaign, and be in with a chance of winning a Hydroflask water bottle please take part in our short survey here.

In addition to the campaign, the LDF will be supporting Northern Gas to raise awareness of the priority Service Register. The Priority Services Register is a free service provided by suppliers and network operators, which enables vulnerable customers to receive extra support such as free gas safety checks and priority services in case of an incident.

The Lake District Foundation is excited to deliver this campaign that will enable more people to enjoy the Lake District and experience the health benefits that accessing nature and wild spaces brings.

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/

  

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