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The Real Hedge Fund is Launched

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.

It costs approximately £25 per metre to create a beautiful biodiverse hedgerow that creates a habitat for animals and pollinators, helps prevent flooding and maintains the historic boundaries of our field systems.

Sadly, over the last 70 years our hedgerows have become significantly reduced both in the length and in quality.

We think this is the ideal time to engage and support farmers, landowners and communities to reinstate and improve their hedgerows.

We will start the work in the Ullswater Valley with Ullswater Catchment Management and then look to extend to other parts of the Lake District and Cumbria. Our other partners include The Federation for Common Land and the Lake District National Park Authority who will help us roll out the campaign.

Read the full Press Release or watch a short videos

Lake District Shortlisted for share of £50 Million Heritage Horizons Funding

We are so excited that the Lake District Foundation, on behalf of the Lake District National Park Partnership, is one of 12 organisations selected to take forward a development proposal to the Heritage Horizons Awards, competing for a share of £50 million.

Our proposal is titled:

Secured for our future – Nature, World Heritage and Farming in the Lake District

It focuses on 3 closely connected areas:

  • Nature Recovery and Climate Resilience, delivering farmer and community led nature recovery, providing bigger, better and more joined up habitats, storing carbon and increasing resilience to climate change.
  • Securing and futureproofing our farming heritage and culture in our World Heritage Site
  • Engaging a new generation with our work and with the Lake District, which has always been a place of inspiration for the nation.

Read the full Press Release or watch a short video 

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

Green business network

The Lake District Foundation cares about our environment – and we know that our supporters do too. With our Green Business Network 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 network 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. If you would like to see the Top 10 tips for easy green business solutions, click here.

Book the next network meeting now

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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 2109

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…

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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

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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
  • JALPAK
  • 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!

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Hanshin Friend Tour
TDR Tour’s Express Inc
Nippon Travel Agency
JTB Media Retailing West Japan
JTB Media Retailing
JTB Corp. LOOK Div.
JALPAK
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

Lake District Foundation launches new visitor giving scheme

lake district national park bridge

The Lake District Foundation has launched a new visitor giving initiative to help protect and care for the Lake District National Park.

The Lake District Foundation is encouraging visitors and locals to make a donation to help look after this spectacular place for now and in the future, by offering the opportunity to sponsor a place, project or person – or by making a one-off donation.

This type of donation and fundraising activity was run by the Lake District National Park but will now be carried by the Lake District Foundation on their behalf.

lake district national park gate

Richard Leafe, Lake District National Park, Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Lake District Foundation to carry out this unique way of raising funds to help look after our paths, gates and fingerposts. This charity is suitably placed to take on this activity, they are part of the Lake District National Park Partnership and they raise funds for conservation, environmental and cultural heritage projects across the Lake District. The money which is raised via this scheme will allow for more people to enjoy exploring the Lake District National Park now and in years to come.”

The Lake District National Park maintains more than 3,100km of footpaths and bridleways. The impact of over 19 million visitors each year, combined with the Cumbrian climate, means the National Park are constantly carrying out improvements and maintenance.

lake district national park fingerpost

Sarah Swindley, Lake District Foundation’s CEO, said: “We are excited to be working in partnership with the Lake District National Park to present this visitor giving opportunity.  Giving people the choice to sponsor a place, project or person, through the National Parks work programme, allows individuals to leave a lasting memory in a World Heritage site in celebration or in remembrance of a loved one. We have created a new easy-to-use donation section on our website to allow people to select what, where or who they’d like to sponsor. We welcome all donations and thank everyone in advance for their support.”

Those who are interesting in making a donation have a number of different choices:

  • Sponsor specific items – you can view the available items in a particular area via an interactive map and select the item you wish to sponsor. These items include gates, fingerposts and bridges starting from £250 to £1,000+. All have the opportunity to add a personalised plaque
  • Sponsor any item – you may simply wish to make a donation for any gate, fingerpost or bridge with a personalised plaque but don’t have a preference of where in the Lake District.
  • Sponsor a Park Ranger – the Lake District National Park Rangers work to maintain and improve access, protect wildlife and support local communities, farmers and visitors. It’s a rewarding job but help is required to fund the work on the ground, from £15+.
  • Sponsor an Apprentice – the Lake District National Park have a 100% success rate for apprentices moving into employment after training. Sponsoring an apprentice could help fund their training and equipment from £10 for a new pair of hard-wearing work gloves.
  • Make a donation – our mountains take you to new heights in the Lake District. You can help keep them that way. A small donation makes a big difference, for example £5 could pay for a native tree sapling, £10 could help repair a metre of footpath and £25 pays towards a metre of dry stone wall.

To donate any amount, visit the Lake District Foundation website at https://www.lakedistrictfoundation.org/sponsor-the-lake-district-national-park/

Ullswater Way crowdfunder receives donation boost

A crowdfunding campaign to raise £5,000 for repairs on the popular walking route in the Lake District, the Ullswater Way, has received a welcome donation boost helping the campaign reach the halfway point of meeting its target.

The £1,000 donation came from Ambleside Park Hotel, an exclusive staff only John Lewis Partnership hotel located in Ambleside, overlooking Windermere.

Ambleside Park Hotel has been raising funds for the Lake District Foundation since 2017 donating nearly £9,000 to date through visitor giving from guests.

Andrew Craig-Mair, Partner and Hotel Manager, Ambleside Park, said: “We are delighted to support the crowdfunding campaign for the Ullswater Way footpath repair. We would like to thank all our guests who have made this £1,000 donation possible. There are various ways a business can fundraise for the Lake District Foundation and we hope this £1,000 donation will encourage further visitor giving for the campaign and help towards hitting the final target of £5,000.”

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.

Sarah Swindley, Lake District Foundation’s CEO, said: “We are delighted to receive such a boost to the crowdfunder campaign bringing the current total to £2,988 but still have some way to go with only two weeks left to donate. If you love the Ullswater Way and the Lake District, we urge you to make a donation if you can, as a small donation makes a big difference.”

In return for donations on the crowdfunding campaign, rewards will be sent to those people who donate specific amounts. The rewards include:
Donate £10, receive a Ullswater Way Pin Badge, 20 available.
Donate £25, receive a Conquer Lake District unisex Cumbria Livin’ T-shirt, 20 available.
Donate £50, receive a Columbia Rucksack Urban Lifestyle 25L Daypack – an outdoor-inspired construction and minimalist, city look combine in this versatile commuter backpack, 10 available.
Donate £200, spend a day out with a Lake District National Park ranger repairing the Ullswater Way.

The crowdfunding campaign is running until Monday 27th May at 9pm. To donate any amount, visit the Ullswater Way project page on the crowdfunding website at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/ullswaterway .

Site visit to Haweswater Woodland Planting – recently funded LDF project

As a special benefit to our business supporters, we were delighted to announce a series of site visits to some of our recently funded beneficiary projects. The first of two visits planned this year was held this week at Haweswater with the RSPB.

It was an opportunity to see first-hand the work that has been possible thanks to our business supporters, the impact their donations have made, network with like-minded businesses, meet some of the Lake District Foundation team, and find out about our upcoming campaigns and new fundraising mechanisms.

Thanks to a grant of £2,195 from the Lake District Foundation, the RSPB are supporting local volunteers to plant 400 individually protected native trees on a carefully selected area of Mardale Common, extending the existing ancient woodland and contributing to the resilience of our iconic Lake District landscape.

The new open woodland will create important habitat for wildlife and improve soil stability, slowing the flow of rainwater from the fell, helping to reduce flood risk and improving the quality of drinking water from the Haweswater catchment. The project started in November 2018 and will be completed in February 2020.

Starting at the Haweswater Hotel there was a short presentation from Lee Schofield, Site Manager at RSPB Haweswater, then the team headed off on a walk to the areas of woodland that will be improved thanks to our business supporters help. It was a brilliant walk, through a wonderfully wild valley that very few people visit.

We were delighted the Good Life Cottage Company, Lake District Estates and Castlerigg Hall Caravan and Camping attended the afternoon.

Launch of contactless Lake District donation points signifies “pioneering approach to fundraising”

A mission to embrace new technology to make it easier for visitors to donate money to worthy causes is being described as a “pioneering approach” to help care for the national park.

Contactless donation box

With the support of Cumbria Tourism and The Lake District National Park, The Lake District Foundation (LDF), is rolling-out its first contactless debit and credit card donation terminals as a convenient alternative to the more traditional coin-slot collection boxes.

Three contactless donation boxes will be operational in time for the Easter weekend, at the Bowness Bay and Keswick Tourist Information Centres, as well as at the beginning of the Ullswater Way route at Ullswater Steamers in Glenridding.

The LDF raises money through donations from the public and businesses before distributing grants to projects which care for local landscapes. With the support of its partners the Lake District National Park (LDNP) and Cumbria Tourism, the development is part of the ‘Rethinking Parks’ programme by NESTA, a global innovation foundation which supports new ideas to tackle 21st century challenges and follows a survey with members of the public last year.

Sarah Swindley, Director of the LDF, says, “We had great feedback from last year’s survey and it’s clearer to us than ever that people who love the Lake District want to help us look after it. People are generally carrying less cash with them than they used to, so we’re really excited to be able to offer this pioneering approach to fundraising to people who would like to support our work”.

Each machine not only makes donating possible with a simple swipe of a credit or debit card, but also features prominent new messaging about how fundraising can help, in order to maximise each machine’s intended effect.

Liam McAleese, Head of Strategy and Partnerships for the Lake District National Park, says, “Visitor giving is a critical component for how the Lake District Foundation is able to fund so many worthy projects to help ensure the national park remains a beautiful place for us all to enjoy. Existing funding streams go a long way, but just aren’t enough on their own, so our visitors play a huge role in helping to preserve the beauty that surrounds them during every visit. We therefore strongly welcome this technology which will help our visitors donate more easily towards the wellbeing of the National Park.

Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism, Gill Haigh, says, “We want to see a step-change in visitor giving by inspiring them to donate quickly and easily if they wish to do so, using the Rethinking Parks project as a pilot. Together with the Lake District Foundation and Lake District National Park, we’re really excited to be part of this project. It’s an innovative new option for the millions of people who enjoy the Lake District and to the best of my knowledge this is the first national park to embrace it fully.”

Sarah Swindley added, “When asking our visitors to part with their money, we understand the process needs to be quick, simple and convenient. We’d like to thank everyone who gave us their views on this project and those findings will continue to be used for the next phase of the project. We hope to put this this technology ‘on tour’ around other parts of the Lake District so visitors to all areas have the opportunity to help the work of the Lake District Foundation. It only takes a small donation to make a big difference.

You can find out more about the Lake District Foundation’s involvement in the ‘Rethinking Parks’ project here.

Crowdfunding campaign launched for Ullswater Way

A new crowdfunding campaign has been launched to raise money for a popular walking route in Ullswater.

The Lake District Foundation aims to raise £5,000 by the end of April to fund vital repairs to the Ullswater Way.

The money raised through this 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 has proved incredibility popular since launching in April 2016, with walkers, runners, day-trippers on the Ullswater Steamers and those taking part in charity challenges. The footfall is having a huge impact on the environment, causing serious footpath erosion and damage.

The route needs drainage works, improvements to the path surface, new drystone walling, waymarker signs and help to maintain the general upkeep to ensure the path is litter free.

The Ullswater Way, in the Lake District, was created by the local communities and partners to show the Ullswater valley was open for business after the devastating floods in 2015.

Sarah Swindley, Lake District Foundation’s CEO, said: “The 20 mile circular long-distance walk hugs the shores of England’s second largest lake, Ullswater, taking in the glorious landscape, wildlife and villages along the way. It is superb how popular the walk has become with locals and visitors but we need to work hard to care for this much loved route. We want everyone to enjoy that ‘wow’ moment of Ullswater’s incredible beauty for today and for future generations and you can help us do that – visit, give, protect. A small donation makes a big difference, we urge you to dig deep and donate if you can.”

Examples of how a donation could be spent shows small amounts go a long way to support the path:
• £5 helps pay for a new finger post
• £10 helps pay for a new gate
• £25 helps pay for a new section of surface path
• £50 pays for one metre of drystone wall
• £100 covers the cost of planting an acre of new native woodland
• £200 could pay for a day’s digger time or a day’s work for a skilled contractor to carry out the repair work

In return for donations, rewards will be sent to those people who donate specific amounts. The rewards include:

  1. Donate £10, receive a Ullswater Way Pin Badge, 20 available.
  2. Donate £25, receive a Conquer Lake District unisex Cumbria Livin’ T-shirt, 20 available.
  3. Donate £50, receive a Columbia Rucksack Urban Lifestyle 25L Daypack – an outdoor-inspired construction and minimalist, city look combine in this versatile commuter backpack, 10 available.
  4. Donate £200, spend a day out with a Lake District National Park ranger repairing the Ullswater Way.

To donate any amount, visit the Ullswater Way project page on the crowdfunding website at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/ullswaterway before April 29.

The £5,000 crowdfunding campaign is part of a wider Lake District Foundation initiative to generate £15,000 for the ‘LDF Ullswater Way Fund’ to specifically care for the spectacular landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage surrounding England’s second largest lake. The Foundation is running a wider campaign throughout April and May to generate funds ahead of the busy tourism season by inviting locals, businesses and visitors to get involved as follows:

  1. Business supporter – businesses are invited to become a supporter for the Ullswater Way Fund, encouraging them to add a £1 opt in to transactions.
  2. Event organisers – organisations running events in Ullswater are encouraged to support the fund by donating and giving something back to the natural environment.
  3. Contactless giving – locals and visitors are invited to make a donation via the new contactless donation devices which will be installed later this month. Look out for the Ullswater Steamers device at Pooley Bridge.
  4. Fundraise – set your own challenge and fundraise for the Ullswater Way.
  5. Donate – get involved with the crowdfunding campaign and donate!

For further information on the ways to get involved, please visit: www.lakedistrictfoundation.org/the-ullswater-way-fund/

Lake District Hotels Association announce LDF as charity partner

The Lake District Hotels Association (LDHA) are excited to announce their 2019 official charity partner will be the Lake District Foundation.

The Lake District Foundation (LDF) is a charity dedicated to care for the Lake District National Park and Cumbria. LDF’s ambition is to raise £1 from each of the 19million visitors to the Lake District.

This newly formed partnership with LDF is a perfect way to celebrate the surrounding natural environment. LDHA, with its 40 members of independent hoteliers and tourist attractions, provide economic growth and employment to the tourism and hospitality industry by inviting national and international visitors to celebrate the beauty of the North West.

Joe Cobb, Chairman of LDHA said: “We are delighted to work closely with such a fantastic charity. The Lake District and Cumbria is such a magical place for everyone to enjoy, we feel it’s incredibly important to maintain this beauty and invest back into the land and the lakes for many years to come.”

LDHA developed The Real Lake District campaign which promotes the Lake District as a holiday destination. This partnership will enable LDF to promote fundraising projects to a growing 70,000 global fan base through the LDHA’s popular social platforms, website and app called The Real Lake District.

LDF CEO Sarah Swindley commented: “We are absolutely thrilled to be announced as the official charity partner for the Lake District Hotels Association. By working together with the Association it will unlock a coordinated approach to fundraising and provide a greater platform to inspire people to care for and donate to projects that look after the spectacular wildlife, landscapes and cultural heritage of the Lake District and Cumbria

As the official charity partner, the LDHA will recognise and promote the Lake District Foundation as their main charity, as well as supporting a variety of local initiatives and alongside their own individual charity work.

Keswick Railway multi user trail up-date February 2019

The Lake District National Park are pleased to announce that Cubby Construction Limited will be undertaking the work to create a the new multi-user trail between Keswick and Threlkeld along the old railway line.

The first practical works required will be for site access and groundworks preparation; beginning with scrub and tree clearance at the Threlkeld end and around the “Big tunnel” under the A66 flyover, near Keswick.

These works will hopefully start in the week commencing 11 February 2019 and will be completed by the end of March. Prior to removing the trees and other vegetation an ecologist will assess the area and a method of working will be prepared and used to mitigate disturbance to wildlife, including red squirrels, birds and bats.

These sections of the route must be closed during works to ensure that the health and safety of the public is protected. There will be some inconvenience and disruption due to restricted access along the current path – please observe on-site notices, safety barriers and look out for updates about access on our website.

A detailed programme of the construction work to create the new trail is currently being prepared for the whole build period up to autumn 2020. Initial further activity on and adjacent to the trail will include the creation of site access routes and site storage compounds. This type of work is expected to be rolled out from April onwards and may well include further restrictions to public access.

Please visit the Lake District National Park‘s website for further information as it develops and for details of any path and site closures.

Photo shows: key partners gathered at Brundholme last year to mark the funding announcement, along with some of the locals who are looking forward to the trail being reconnected.

Source: Lake District National Park

Love Langdales Crowdfunding Campaign – we did it!

A massive thank you to everyone who helped us to reach our target of £5,000 for our Love Langdale Crowdfunder campaign, we are extremely grateful for your support.

The task of keeping the Lake District’s paths in good shape falls to footpath repair partnership Fix the Fells, who rely entirely on grants and donations to do their work. Your donation will be used to repair and maintain the upland path from Stake Pass to Pike O’Stickle, via Martcrag Moor in the Langdales.

We intend to carry out the repairs and maintenance in the 2019 fell season with assistance from specialist rangers from the Fix the Fells team. With your donation we are able to:

• build new sections of a sheep fleece path,
• tackle landscape erosion scars and gullies,
• define and rationalise the line of the path, avoiding a fragile upland bog habitat,
• ensure more effective drainage for the path.

This work will help to prevent the spread of ugly erosion scars in the beautiful fells, as well as provide key conservation and environmental benefits including preserving upland habitats for plant species and preventing sediment run-off into streams and tarns.

Thank you again for everyone’s donation, it really will make a difference!

Cumbria LEP appoints Sarah Swindley as new board member

Cumbria LEP has appointed three leading local business women to its board.

Sarah Swindley and Emma Porter join the LEP as private sector board members, whilst Professor Patricia Livsey, the Chief Executive of Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw Children’s Hospice, joins as CLEP’s first representative from the Voluntary and Community Sector.

Sarah is the CEO of the Lake District Foundation, a new charity established in 2017. Prior to this she was the CEO of Cumbria and Lancashire Women’s Centres, which provided one-stop shop health and social care services to women with a range of needs including mental health, social exclusion and complex vulnerabilities.

Sarah is also a Leadership Consultant for the Cascading Leadership Programme which provides leadership support to third sector leaders.

Emma Porter’s background is in psychology and an MBA from Insead, one of the world’s leading business schools, Emma has worked in the construction industry for 11 years and has recently returned to Story Contracting in the role of Construction Director after a successful spell working in Advisory Services at Arup.

Patricia’s appointment has been made in line with the LEP’s Voluntary and Community Sector Nomination, an open recruitment exercise conducted by the Third Sector Network. Patricia brings a wide range of experience to the role, including extensive experience within the health sector. Her work includes national roles within the Nursing and Midwifery Council and Department of Health.

Sarah Swindley says: “I’m so pleased to have been appointed to the body that has a vital role in securing the economic future of Cumbria. As a county, we are already leaders in some sectors, but there is much more that we can unlock. I have a particular interest in social enterprise, civil society and the opportunities to further develop world class careers for young people. I look forward to helping position Cumbria as a place that harnesses innovation, embraces our digital future and focuses on inclusive growth for our communities.”

Patricia Livsey says: “I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to represent the third sector within the CLEP. The role provides an opportunity to utilise the experience I have gained to date and work as part of the LEP Board to further develop and enhance services within Cumbria.

“I want to ensure that the third sector can provide a significant strategic contribution to the ongoing development of services and provision within Cumbria.”

Emma Porter adds: “My reason for joining the LEP is a strong desire to make a difference. I’m passionate about enabling Cumbria to achieve its potential and I strongly believe that the county needs to work in an open, collaborative and ambitious way to raise aspirations and realise our potential together.”

Cumbria LEP Chair Lord Inglewood says: “The LEP has been looking to recruit excellent female leaders from Cumbria’s business community to strengthen representation on our Board, and in Emma, Patricia and Sarah, we have settled on three outstanding candidates.

“Our aim is to improve gender equality on our Board, and under our strengthened governance arrangements, to ensure that we reflect the communities that we serve. These three new appointments help move us towards achieving gender balance. Emma, Patricia and Sarah all bring vital experience and business acumen to their new roles. We welcome them and wish them every success.”

Board appointments are for a three-year term, with the option for re-appointment for a further three-year period. All Board members sign up to a Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Policy to demonstrate their commitment to the highest standard of governance and propriety.

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