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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.

Crowdfunding campaign for Langdale Pikes extended

A crowdfunding campaign to raise £5,000 for repairs to popular walking route in the Langdale Pikes is well-past the halfway point of meeting its target; and the deadline has been extended as support continues to grow.

Earlier this month, The Lake District Foundation launched its latest crowd funder to raise money to fund vital repairs along the path from Stake Pass to Pike O’Stickle via Martcrag Moor, making special rewards available for generous donors.

The cash raised will be donated to Fix the Fells, enabling its volunteers to landscape erosion scars, improve drainage, and define the line of the path to avoid a fragile bog habitat.

Volunteers will also build new sections of the ‘sheep fleece path’ – a traditional type of path that involves ‘floating’ a gravel path over peat bog by using the fleece as a barrier between the ground and the path.

This approach, which is both sustainable and environmentally friendly, results in an excellent upland path that blends in effectively with its surroundings.

James Forrest, Fix the Fells Fundraiser, says, “We’ve really seen a jump in the number of people pledging their support for this project in the last few days, especially from Ambleside Park one of our business fundraisers. We’re well on the way to raising £3,000 at the moment, but we’d love to hit £5,000. We’ve now extended the deadline to February 10 after seeing supporters really pick up the pace.”

In return for donations, rewards will be sent to those people who donate the following specific amounts.

The rewards include:

• A Fix the Fells pin badge for donations of £10 or more

• A Lake District Foundation goodie bag (containing a tote bag, Conquer the Lake District patch, badge and pen) for donations of £20 or more

• A limited edition Fix the Fells t-shirt in a size of your choice – designed by Fix the Fells partner Geo Clothing (https://geoclothing.co.uk/) – for donations of £40 or more

• A day out with the Fix the Fells volunteers on a ‘drain run’ for donations of £100 or more

• A hike with local adventurer and author James Forrest (aka ‘Mountain Man’) for a donation of £200 or more

To donate any amount, visit the Langdales project page on the crowdfunding website at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/martcragmoor before February 10.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Capture Lakeland Volume 1 accolades:

Shortlisted for Outdoor Book of the Year 2018

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

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

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

 

For more information about James and his work visit:

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

Crowdfunding campaign launched for Langdale Pikes

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

The Lake District Foundation aims to raise £5,000 by the end of January to fund vital repairs to the path from Stake Pass to Pike O’Stickle via Martcrag Moor.

The cash raised will be donated to Fix the Fells, enabling its volunteers to landscape erosion scars, improve drainage, and define the line of the path to avoid a fragile bog habitat.

Volunteers will also build new sections of the ‘sheep fleece path’ – a traditional type of path that involves ‘floating’ a gravel path over peat bog by using the fleece as a barrier between the ground and the path.

This approach, which is both sustainable and environmentally friendly, results in an excellent upland path that blends in effectively with its surroundings.

James Forrest, Fix the Fells Fundraiser, said: “The jagged skyline of Langdale is one of Lakeland’s most beautiful sights – and the distinctive peaks of the Pikes are much-loved by walkers, runners, cyclists and tourists alike. But this popularity comes at a price.

“The Langdale Pikes are suffering from ongoing erosion caused by human activity. This is why the work of Fix the Fells’ dedicated teams of rangers and volunteers is of crucial importance. Please help support this vital conservation work. Every donation – no matter how big or small – makes a real difference.”

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

• A Fix the Fells pin badge for donations of £10 or more

• A Lake District Foundation goodie bag (containing a tote bag, Conquer the Lake District patch, badge and pen) for donations of £20 or more

• A limited edition Fix the Fells t-shirt – designed by Fix the Fells partner Geo Clothing (https://geoclothing.co.uk/) – for donations of £40 or more

• A day out with the Fix the Fells volunteers on a ‘drain run’ for donations of £100 or more

• A hike with local adventurer and author James Forrest (aka ‘Mountain Man’) for a donation of £200 or more

To donate any amount, visit the Langdales project page on the crowdfunding website at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/martcragmoor before January 29.

LDF Youth Panel member opens plastic free shop in Penrith

One of the founding members of the Lake District Foundation Youth Panel, Amy Bray, has spearheaded the opening of a plastic free shop in the Lake District.

The shop is called Another Weigh, a plastic free, zero waste shop,  the official opening will be on Saturday 12th January in Penrith at 6 Angel Lane, Penrith.

Zoe Hedges, originally from Kent and moved to Cumbria in 2013, led a successful crowdfunding campaign that attracted over 100 investors in order to establish and kick start the shop. All profits from the new shop will go to Another Way, a charity established by Another Weigh co-owner’s daughter 16 year old Amy Bray.

Another Weigh will sell products ranging from cereals, pulses, snacks and pasta to cloth sanitary pads, straws and nappies, cleaning liquids and much more. Customers need to bring their own containers and fill them with exactly how much they want of each dispensed product. Each product bought minimises waste, reduces cost to the customer and is a single use plastic bag saved from landfill or from finding its way into the ocean.

Zoe says, “As a nation and as a world we are facing an unprecedented challenge surrounding waste. Leading from the ground is where we as individuals and communities can contribute. The response to my plan to open a zero waste shop in Penrith was amazing. People are clearly ready to change how they shop. Consumers are aware of the need to reduce waste and Another Weigh gives them a way to do this. You buy just the amount you need then you don’t have lots of food leftover in your cupboards. If you need just a tablespoon of spice for a recipe, you can buy just that!”

Penrith Mayor Cllr. Scott Jackson will officially open the shop at 11am on Saturday 12th January along with owners, Zoe, and Chris and Emma Bray.

Commenting on the Another Weigh initiative the Mayor says, “We can no longer be under any illusion of our impact on this world and ethical choices are ever more at the forefront of our thoughts. It is however difficult for people to buy with confidence and to be sure their choices will have the desired effect of reducing damage to our environment. I am glad to welcome Another Weigh and shops like it who allow customers to purchase responsibly and sustainably and look forward to this becoming the norm on the high-street.”

On opening day and for the first week, annual membership to Another Weigh will be available at half price and this will entitle customers to 10% off all food goods whilst they are members. Annual membership is reduced to £15 for this opening offer.

Within the shop there will be will an area dedicated to providing information, via the charity Another Way, on the environment and how individuals can help sustain it. This stems from efforts that Chris and Emma’s daughter Amy has made to establish a plastic free home and also at her school in Carlisle.

Amy says,We really hope to gain the support of the Penrith and the wider Cumbria community in our efforts to reduce waste generally and to start this off we are setting a target to attract 1000 people prepared to make a personal pledge to reduce their own waste, be it packaging, food or other products. We hope to demonstrate that there really are many people out there who care enough to do something about the environmental challenges facing us. We will provide heart shaped pledges for people to fill in and pin to a board in the shop.”

Another Weigh will initially open every Tuesday to Saturday 9:30 to 17:30, at 6 Angel Lane.

For further information, visit Another Weigh on facebook @AnotherWeigh.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Local business supporters enjoy a festive lunch

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

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

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

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

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

Spread festive cheer and care for the Lake District too

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

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

How it works:

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

Thank you and merry Christmas!

 

 

Full steam ahead for the reconnection of the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path as funding is announced

Press release 
5 December 2018

A £7.9 million funding package has been agreed to allow work to start on the final phase of reconnecting the Keswick to Threlkeld multi user trail which was severely damaged in Storm Desmond three years ago to the day (5 December).

Today is an important milestone in this complex project which has required significant work to get to this stage, and it is fitting that key funding partners and local users gathered to mark this development exactly three years since the fateful storm.

Funding has been approved so far from Highways England and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Additionally, community fundraising by the Lake District Foundation has resulted in a £130,000 donation all which will enable the project to go ahead.

Richard Leafe, Chief Executive of Lake District National Park said: “Storm Desmond caused unprecedented amounts of damage to communities, trails and bridges across the national park. This particular trail offers a great family-friendly, traffic-free route from town to village, it will be fully accessible to many people, such as cyclists, walkers and runners. It has taken some time but we have always been fully committed to making sure that it is reconnected for the benefit of all.

“Local fundraising has played a huge part in ensuring that this project can go ahead, demonstrating the strength of public feeling about this important trail. We’re thrilled that we now have the money in place to allow work to go ahead to complete the full reconnection of the Keswick to Threlkeld trail and make the route more resilient along the way.”

Construction contracts are currently out to tender and the trail construction partners will be announced in the near future. The aim is to start work in the New Year and have the route fully reopened within two years.

Highways England has committed a significant portion of the funding to allow this project to progress.

Bruce Parker, Highways England’s head of planning and development for the North West, said: “We’re delighted to be able to provide almost half the £7.9 million needed to restore and enhance the link between Keswick and Threlkeld, which was so badly damaged in Storm Desmond exactly three years ago and are looking forward to the re-construction work getting underway in the New Year.

“Highways England has set aside £250 million for projects like this focusing on supporting pedestrian, cyclist and equestrian users of the road network.  This money along with other special funds – for example supporting growth and housing and environmental improvements – is enabling us to provide environmental, social and economic benefits to the people, communities and businesses who live and work alongside our strategic road network.”

Sarah Swindley, CEO, Lake District Foundation said: “We ran a fundraising initiative this year and were completely blown away by the generosity of the local community and visitors to the area. We look forward to seeing the work start and progress over the next two years.”

During Storm Desmond, on 5 December 2015, two bridges that cross the River Greta and around 200 metres of path were completely washed away during the worst floods the county has seen and Rawsome Bridge was also later closed to ensure public safety.

Since then, the Lake District National Park has been working with key partners from the public and voluntary sectors on a plan to fully reconnect the route. As part of this work, a value for money study was undertaken and concluded that the restoration of the route could bring back about £2 million a year to the local economy.

This next phase will ensure the entire route will be reconnected and can once again be enjoyed by the local community and visitors to the area.

Photo shows key partners gathered at Brundholme where work will start along with some of the locals who are looking forward to the trail being reconnected.

L- R Richard Leafe LDNPA, Jonathan Reade, Highways England, Sarah Swindley, Lake District Foundation, Brittany Mason from ERDF and Amos Doran, Keswick Bikes.

Find out more information on www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/keswickrailway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you there!

Alastair Herd Photography supports the Lake District Foundation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lake District Foundation welcomes new ambassador

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can find out more about our ambassadors, here.

 

Managing the biodiversity of the Lake District National Park

The Lake District Foundation has awarded a grant of £4,500 to the Cumbria Local Nature Partnership, enabling them to lead the development of a clear, strategic approach for managing the biodiversity of the Lake District National Park.

Local Nature Partnerships have been established to drive positive change in the local natural environment.  This funding will enable them to consider the broad picture across Cumbria, pooling knowledge and indentifying any gaps and challenges.  We will then be able to ensure that future funding is invested in the best possible places and projects, with the right people involved to deliver measurable benefits for wildlife, people and the economy.

We look forward to the development of this strategy, which will help us all ensure that we care for and protect the landscapes, wildlife and cultural heritage of the English Lake District in the best possible way.

Helping to save Helvellyn’s vulnerable arctic alpine flora

The Lake District Foundation has awarded a grant of over £2,600 to the John Muir Trust, which last year took over responsibility for the management of a large part of the iconic Lake District mountain, Helvellyn.  The money will fund a new project aiming to increase the populations of threatened arctic-alpine species found on the high crags of the Helvellyn range.

The project will bring together national experts, local volunteers and staff of the John Muir Trust in a project to safeguard our nationally important but extremely vulnerable populations of Arctic alpine flora.  Many of these species are growing at the southern edge of their range on Helvellyn.  The project hopes to see the successful re-introduction of species lost or under threat due to people and erosion pressure.  The work will also help to ‘future-proof’ upland floral and shrub populations against the threat of climate change.  Alpine mouse ear, Alpine cinquefoil and purple saxifrage are amongst the species that, it is hoped, will benefit from a gradual increase in their population size.

Beginning in the autumn/winter months of 2018, the project will start with the close monitoring of the arctic alpine species present and the collection of seed and cuttings.  Volunteers from the local community in Patterdale will work with staff from the John Muir Trust to propagate and ‘grow-on’ a stock of young plants.  Specialist advice will be available from Natural England and volunteer growers will help assess the success and failure of propagation of these rare species to help inform future work.  The funding from the Lake District Foundation will cover the costs of the special growing medium, pots and tools needed, and will contribute towards the costs of seed and cuttings collection, volunteer training and transport.

Hopefully – and with the enthusiastic support of Patterdale’s volunteer horticulturalists – the first successful shrub cuttings will be ready to plant out by autumn 2019.  The more adventurous and athletic volunteers may even get the opportunity to climb the high crags of Helvellyn to help planting out back onto the fells.  But the whole community and visitors to this upland landscape will benefit if this ground-breaking project is successful in creating more robust populations of the endangered arctic alpine species found in this tough Lakeland habitat.

Lake District Foundation launches regular giving appeal

Lake District Foundation launches regular giving appeal

The Lake District Foundation (LDF) has launched a new campaign to boost the number of people who give to the charity on a regular basis.

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

Recent examples of projects include fundraising to fix the paths on England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, the Haweswater Woodland project – where volunteers will plant 400 protected native trees on a carefully selected area of Mardale Common and earlier this year a fundraising campaign generate funds to support the reconnection of the old Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path which was washed away by Storm Desmond in 2015.

Regular supporters will be directly supporting high-impact and evidence-based projects on the ground, ensuring the sustainability of our spectacular landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage.

Lake District Foundation Director Sarah Swindley says, “Regular income is of enormous benefit to charities, especially so for the Lake District Foundation. The money raised will enable our team to help fund projects that share our goals much more effectively. Forward planning is so important and having a regular income stream helps us to plan even further ahead. It doesn’t have to be a huge amount of money if people choose to donate. Any amount, no matter how big or small, is welcome. It all adds-up to help us look after this spectacular landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage for future generations to enjoy.”

As a token of gratitude to those who show their regular support, donors will be sent a

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

The regular giving campaign was launched at the weekend’s Holker Hall Winter Market, where the team was joined by University of Cumbria volunteer students from the Ambleside campus, as well as the team from Lake District Pound (LD£).

You can sign-up by telephoning 01539 822 622, 9am-5pm on weekdays, download a paper form from the LDF website. Alternatively, people can sign up face to face at the Kendal Mountain Festival (November 15-18) or the Keswick Victorian Christmas Market (December 2). As an extra bonus, the first 100 people to sign-up will be entered into a free prize draw for a fell runner Jos Naylor-signed LD£ book.

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