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The Lake District Foundation is 1!

Today, 9th August 2018,  we celebrated 1 year since we were registered with the Charity Commission. To celebrate, we invited our trustees, volunteers, partners and corporate supporters to join us for a networking party (with cake of course) including a short presentation from the director, Sarah Swindley.

Sarah highlighted our activities and achievements over the year, including having raised almost £400,000 for 16 different projects in the last 12 months.

Sarah Swindley says, “Growing a new charity is an amazing challenge for any third sector leader. We have big plans at the LDF and are working hard to achieve our ambitious goals. It’s been a busy year so far, running two organisations in parallel as we said goodbye to Nurture Lakeland and transitioned all our work into the new structure.

“We are a tiny team of with the equivalent of four full time staff. Our influential trustees are the heart of our organisation and I would like to thank the board, my staff and our volunteers for all this hard work. We have had incredible support from the many that see the necessity of an independent charity that is noncampaigning, politically neutral and aims to make a positive difference by harnessing the love that people have for the area.”

Over 30 supporters attended the event and were asked to help us to answer the following questions:

  1. How can we work better together?
  2. What would you like us to prioritise in the next 12 months?
  3. What projects would you like us to support?

We received some great ideas and we look forward to putting your ideas into action.

Attendees received a copy of our annual report, hot off the press! You can read it here.

Attention is now shifting towards the next 12 months. Director Sarah Swindley, added: “Our first grants will shortly be awarded and there are many amazing projects that we can support come to life. I’m excited to see where the future takes us. We are planning two new campaigns that will look to raise funds directly from the public to distribute to great work in the Lake District. We are working with Natural England on an exciting piece of work on the Cumbrian West Coast, linked to the new national coastal path. We are also developing our partnership with Cumbria Tourism and others to look at how we use every opportunity to promote sustainable tourism habits and approaches.

To keep up to date with the latest news from the Lake District Foundation, sign up to our newsletter or follow us on twitter, facebook and instagram!

Action for marine conservation in the Irish Sea

Last year we raised over £1,000 for the Living Seas project. We caught up with the project manager to find out how the project is progressing.

How do you know this project is needed?

Unfortunately, the UK seas are not Living Seas. Decades of neglect have left them damaged and degraded, a shadow of their former diversity and abundance. We urgently need to act to bring them back to life, and the next five years are critical.

It is literally ‘make or break’ time. With new laws and Government commitments in the offing, we have a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity. If we make the very best of that opportunity, pushing every step of the way, our seas will turn the corner and start to recover their health. If we do not, they will continue on their downward spiral.

What does your project do to address this need?

Cumbria, Lancashire, and Cheshire Wildlife Trusts have come together to deliver The Wildlife Trusts’ vision for our seas across the region: Living Seas North West. With the invaluable help of our supporters, volunteers and members they are campaigning for the designation and management of a network of Marine Protected Areas throughout the Irish Sea and the conservation of the wider marine environment.

The Wildlife Trusts envisage that within Living Seas, marine wildlife will thrive, from the depths of the ocean to the coastal shallows.
In Living Seas:

  • Wildlife and habitats are recovering from past decline as our use of the seas’ resources becomes environmentally sustainable.
  • The natural environment is adapting well to a changing climate, and ocean processes are helping to slow down climate change.
  • People are inspired by marine wildlife and value the sea for the many ways in which it supports our quality of life.

Can the local community get involved with your project?

To achieve these goals the project works closely with local communities to ensure that the project activities and outcomes also meet their needs.

As part of the project the Wildlife Trusts have delivered marine and coastal community engagement events and activities to encourage people to explore and experience wildlife and wild places on the coast, with the hope that they will then see the value in protecting them for future generations to come. They are also recruiting and training volunteers from local communities to become Marine Champions to lead activities, carry out essential survey work and contribute to the campaign.

What outcomes have you achieved so far?

5398 people engaged in total throughout the second year of the project
29 surveys undertaken along the coast
1255 individuals have taken part in activities at centres along the coast
3339 additional people have been inspired through community events
869 children have benefitted from Beach School or school activities
1250 pledges made to protect the Irish Sea
530 young people actively engaged in campaigns and surveys
28 additional Our Irish Sea Marine Champions recruited
5 training days run for volunteers

To find out more about the project, follow Living Seas North West on facebook or twitter!

Fundraising success for the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path

The 6-month fundraising campaign to raise funds for the reconnection of the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path is now complete and we are pleased to announce that a total of over £102,000 has been raised. Local businesses, organisations, and residents turned out to celebrate the fundraising success over a scone and a cup of tea on Thursday 5th July, at the Moot Hall, Keswick.

Sarah Swindley, director at the Lake District Foundation, thanked the community for their support: It is testament to the amazing community spirit in Keswick that this much has been raised in such a short space of time. The energy and enthusiasm of residents and visitors who miss this path so much has been nothing short of inspirational. The Lake District Foundation is proud to have played our small part in this. We have made many friends and we look forward to working with you in the future as we find new ways to raise funds for the whole area.”

 The campaign was supported by the local community, with businesses, residents, visitors and organisations all playing their part. Donation boxes and campaign materials were displayed in 72 local businesses and many of these business carried out additional fundraising events including quiz nights, selling special products, and taking part in the K2T 5k challenge.

Chris Harper, Owner of Podgy Paws Pet Shop says; “When Jess from Cake & Salad and I put the call out locally we couldn’t believe how many businesses came forward to offer prizes. It was superb! And when we started selling tickets, again, we were blown away by the responses, as all the tickets were sold in a week. We were thrilled with how much was raised and quite simply, it was good old fashioned fun for a cause close to all our hearts”.

Community organisations also got involved, making donations and holding events, including a railway path walk by Braithwaite School which raised over £300 and a national fell running event hosted by Keswick Athletic Club which raised £1,250 from proceeds. On midsummers day, with the support of Keswick Scouts, Keswick Anglers, Keswick Lions, Keswick Town Council and the Love the Lakes shop, a duck race raised a further £1,300 for the campaign.

As part of the campaign The Lake District Foundation hosted its first ever charity auction night and raised over £8,600 from 40 lots. Local businesses and celebrities donated fantastic prizes including a day on the Lake District Fells with Alan Hinkes OBE; the first Briton to climb the world’s highest mountains, the fourteen 8,000m peaks. The Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa kindly donated the venue, canopies, reception drinks and £20 per booking to the campaign.

Members of the public could donate online, by cash, cheque, or Text Giving throughout the campaign and 6 local residents set up sponsored events of their own. Adam Bazire, owner of the Threlkeld Coffee Shop, has raised over £2,300 to date or his challenge to walk the full route of the old railway from Penrith station to the former Keswick station.

Mark Eccles, Head of Park Management at the Lake District National Park, also attended the celebration event and thanked everyone and announced the next steps.

Mark says: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed towards the terrific fundraising effort and for the Lake District Foundation for coordinating the campaign. Whether you’ve run 5k, stood on a street corner with a donation box or bought a duck in the river race, you should be proud to have played your part in helping reconnect the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path.”

 “But it doesn’t stop here. We’re waiting to hear the results of a number of major funding bids, and are highly optimistic that we will secure the amount needed to be able to begin construction, subject to planning permission, later this year. If all goes to plan, we will be looking at a two year build phase, meaning this important route could be fully reconnected by 2020.”

The following next steps to reconnecting the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path were outlined at the celebration event as follows:

  • Extensive building, design and consent works, including:
    • 5km trail
    • re-opening and extending of ‘big tunnel’
    • two new bridges
    • extensive repair and improvement to one bridge
    • 200m metres of new path
    • extensive repairs to existing infrastructure (drains, walls, bridges and revetment walls)
    • soft engineering providing river bank stabilisation.
  • Planning permission to be determined on 1 August 2018
  • Imminent tendering of work to identify and secure a contractor to build the Multi User Trail, taking up to 10 weeks
  • Construction will take up to two years and could start from November 2018

Local Resort raises £20,000 for Lake District Conservation Projects

Hapimag’s Burnside Park Resort at Bowness on Windermere, in the heart of the Lake District, has reached a fundraising milestone by raising over £20,000 for local conservation projects.  The business has worked closely with local charity The Lake District Foundation (formerly Nurture Lakeland) for over 10 years, raising funds for a variety of projects protecting Cumbria’s unique natural landscape, flora and fauna.

Sarah Swindley, Director of the Lake District Foundation said “£20,000 is a fantastic sum to raise.  The Lake District Foundation’s Visitor Giving Scheme was one of the first in the country and Burnside Park was one of our earliest supporters.  The business has demonstrated over many years how visitors to the Lake District are happy to give back to help care for this unique environment.”

Lisa Holden, Resort Manager at Burnside Park explained “When we enrolled in the scheme, I never dreamt that we would raise such a huge sum.  Visitor Giving is a simple concept, raising funds by adding a small voluntary contribution to the Lake District Foundation to each guest accommodation bill.

All the team here take great interest in the projects we support and in talking to our guests about how they have helped make a difference.  I think this is the secret of our success – by making sure that all our guests understand how their donation is used, we find that very few guests choose to opt out of the scheme.

We are very proud to play our part in helping to care for the Lake District’s wonderful environment – it is, after all, what brings our guests back the Lake District year after year.”

Thanks to the funds raised at Burnside Park, the Lake District Foundation were able to make a grant to South Cumbria Rivers Trust’s ‘Experience the River’ project.  Children from South Lakes primary schools have enjoyed trips to their local river, where they are encouraged to get their feet wet to experience the river habitat at first hand and to study the fascinating creatures and plants found there.

Bekka Corrie-Close of the South Cumbria Rivers Trust thanked Burnside Park for their fundraising. “It’s our aim to make the children champions for their local beck, and to carry the message for sustainable activities at home and at work into their local communities.  The funding from the Lake District Foundation’s Visitor Giving Scheme has been vital to the continued implementation of this project, which has reached over 1,000 local children since 2006.  We can’t thank local businesses enough for their support for our project.”

 

 

Better habitats for rare butterflies thanks to LDF funding

Last year the Lake District Foundation made a grant to support conservation work at Warton Crag Nature Reserve, and in March 2018 the staff and volunteers at Lancashire Wildlife Trust completed a project to provide habitat for rare butterfly species.

Warton Crag is a nationally important area of limestone habitat including grassland, woodland and limestone pavement, supporting some of Britain’s rarest butterflies, including Peal Bordered Fritillary and High Brown Fritillary, as well as an array of other rare invertebrates and plants.

The woodland is managed by coppicing, which provides patches of open, sunlit ground vital to Fritillaries and a range of other woodland species. The areas of limestone grassland and bracken are managed by conservation grazing using hardy, native breed cattle, which help maintain a mosaic of important habitats.

During the summer of 2017 work started on timber extraction from felling works during the previous winter. Because part of the site is designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM), one of the conditions attached with the permission from Heritage England was that a temporary bridge had to be built over the upstanding features of the upper ramparts before machinery could be taken up to the summit to extract timber. This was achieved using a geotextile mat backfilled with wood chip produced on site and lengths of chestnut paling to stabilise the chip on the slope.

 

Around ten tonnes of timber particularly the less accessible unstacked lengths were moved by hand with staff and volunteers and then extracted using the Trust tractor and a hired in ATV. Contractors were employed to take off the remaining larger timber stacks using specialist equipment to ensure there was no damage to either the SSSI or SAM and work was completed at the start of August 2017.

 

The eight wheel drive Alstor Mini-Forwarder used proved ideal for accessing narrow gaps and difficult terrain and left almost no visible footprint.

 

Monitoring work during the summer of 2017 produced very low numbers of Pearl-bordered and High Brown Fritillaries but there was good news with an excellent year for Small Pearl-bordered with the best numbers for over ten years. It was also great to see many of these using the new rides and coppiced areas.

 

New ride (above left), visited by Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary (above right). 

Work started early in the 2017/2018 winter season to complete the second phase of the main felling works. After completing the ride down the southern ridge below the summit, work started on the new ride down towards Westfield in early 2018.

All the work was finally finished early in March 2018 and the main network of rides has now been completed. Summer 2018 will see the remaining timber extracted and the usual summer work of butterfly monitoring and bracken control.

Lancashire Wildlife Trust are currently looking into developing outlets for some of the timber to help financially support future ongoing maintenance work, as well as looking to develop ideas for utilising the smaller coppice wood from ongoing management in future years.

The next Lake District Foundation call for grants will open on 1st July 2018. If you work on projects that care for the landscapes, wildlife and cultural heritage we would love to hear from you.

 

 

Keswick Duck Race

The last event for the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path fundraising campaign will be on Thursday 21st June in Fitz Park, Keswick.

There are over 500 ducks to be launched between 6pm-8pm on the longest day of the year with the support from local Keswick Scout groups, Keswick Anglers, Lions and Rotary.

Prizes include:

  • First Prize: 2 nights in a Hobbit Hole at The Quiet Site, Ullswater
  • Second Prize: Dinner for two at The George Hotel, Keswick
  • Third Prize: £100 voucher for Travel Chapter
  • Spot Prizes:
    • Afternoon tea for 2 at The Gaddum, Brockhole — Set of signed books from Sean Conway
    • Family Pass for the World of Beatrix Potter, Windermere
    • Discovery Pass for Whinlatter Forrest
    • My Cumbria Card

Ducks are £5 and can be bought online here until midday on Thursday 21st June, at Love the Lakes, St John’s Street Keswick, or on the night.

The funds raised will go towards reconnecting the Keswick to Threlkeld railway path, some parts of which were severely damaged during the floods in 2015.

Two of the old railway bridges that crossed the River Greta were washed away and one bridge left at risk of collapse and around 200 metres of the path surface disappeared into the floodwaters.

In December 2017 the LDNPA were delighted to announce a major funding boost to the project – a £2.5 million grant from Highways England and a partnership with the Lake District Foundation to jointly fundraise the shortfall of around £3 million.

Charity Auction Success for the Lake District Foundation

The Lake District Foundation are celebrating after hosting their first ever charity auction on Friday evening to raise funds for the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path reinstatement.

The evening was held at the Lodore Falls Hotel and raised over £4,000 from the 19 lots available on the night and still counting. There were over 90 guests who attended the evening from all over the UK, including special guests Alan Hinkes OBE, Ricky Lightfoot and Sean Conway.

Sarah Swindley, Director of the Lake District Foundation was thrilled with the fundraising event; she said

We are absolutely delighted with how the evening went and how much support the Lake District Foundation has had, to make our first ever charity auction happen. We’d like to say a huge thank-you to everyone involved from the businesses and individuals who donated prizes through to those who attended and bid for items on the night.  We are pleased the evening has helped generate funds for the Keswick to Threlkeld path and raise further awareness of the ongoing campaign.”

PFK Auctions, one of the oldest auction houses in the region, ran the bidding on the night. The most popular lots included a mountaineering day with Alan Hinkes, an adventure day with Sean Conway and a running experience with Ricky Lightfoot. The 3 bespoke bracelets made by Brian Fulton from Fulton Jewellers in Keswick,  Alan Stones framed original lithograph and a collectors set of Lake District Pound notes also raised a significant amount on the evening.

For those who were unable to make the evening, there is still an opportunity to bid for special items online at www.32auctions.com/keswicktothrelkeld until 30th June. The lots include a bespoke 70’s Herdy, a Fell Top Assessor for the Day experience, a VIP behind the scenes tour at Bremont HQ with luxury accommodation in Henley and even the chance to sponsor oaks trees with a plaque along the route of the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path.

The funds raised will go towards reconnecting the Keswick to Threlkeld railway path, some parts of which were severely damaged during the floods in 2015.

Two of the old railway bridges that crossed the River Greta were washed away and one bridge left at risk of collapse and around 200 metres of the path surface disappeared into the floodwaters.

In December 2017 the LDNPA were delighted to announce a major funding boost to the project – a £2.5 million grant from Highways England and a partnership with the Lake District Foundation to jointly fundraise the shortfall of around £3 million.

 

Heart of the Lakes raises over £18,000 for the Lake District Foundation

The award-winning Lake District self-catering agency Heart of the Lakes, with offices based in Ambleside and Keswick has presented its first donation of £18,732 to the Lake District Foundation.

The money was collected between 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018 for their chosen campaign: Fix the Fells. The monies raised will be used to sponsor a Fix the Fells upland path ranger – their “Woman At the Top“!

Sue Jackson, Partner of Hearts of the Lakes says; “As part of our ongoing commitment to conservation and the environment, and as a local family business operating across the entire Lake District National Park, we have valued and supported the crucial work of Nurture Lakeland from day one. We now look forward to continuing to work alongside the new Lake District Foundation and are extremely excited to hear about the new initiatives that both the business community and our loyal visitors can get involved with.  By working together, we can ensure this very special landscape that we work, live in and enjoy all year round is looked after for future generations and visitors alike.”

The original visitor fundraising project began in 1995 – the very first of its kind in the UK – to encourage visitors booking through Heart of the Lakes to contribute £1 per week booked towards local projects that care for the Lake District. Today the initiative funds a full-time member of staff at The National Trust who works with the Fix the Fells project team that helps to restore and improve the footpaths across the Lake District.

Sarah Swindley, Director of Lake District Foundation says; “Heart of the Lakes have played a fundamental role in developing key visitor giving schemes over a considerable amount of time and have been influential from the very beginning of some of the most successful environmental projects in the county. The work they have contributed to is a fine example of what The Lake District Foundation aims to achieve, and we look forward to working with them to many more years to come.”

In 2005, due to the success of the scheme the contribution was increased to £2 per week booked. Through the generosity of Heart of the Lakes customers £381,717 has been raised, and after match funding from Heritage Lottery this figure is over £500,000 for Fix the Fells.

If you are inspired to support local community projects such as this, please make a donation to the Lake District Foundation Fund.

Or to find out more about fundraising in your business, take a look at our simple steps, or get in touch – we would love to hear from you!

Lake District Foundation Charity Auction Lots

The exclusive money-can’t-buy experiences and prizes for the Lake District Foundation Charity Auction are now available to view below.

If you would like to join us Friday 8 June at the Lodore Falls Hotel you can book your tickets here. PFK Auctioneers, one of the oldest auction houses in the region, will be running the bidding on the night and bidding will commence on the night of the auction. There are over 40 lots up for grabs all to raise funds to reinstate the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path.

Lot 1 – A day on the Lake District Fells with Alan Hinkes OBE – Live Auction Item

An opportunity to head out into the Lake District fells with
Alan Hinkes OBE who is the first Briton to climb the world’s
highest mountains, the fourteen 8,000m peaks.

 

Lot 2 – A fell-running experience with Ricky Lightfoot – Live Auction Item

Join one of the top trail/mountain runners in the world for a run in the Lake District.
The former World Trail Running Champion from the Lake District, Ricky holds the record on several iconic races across the world including Mauritius, South Africa and the Scafell Pike. Bid for a fell running experience you’ll never forget.

 

Lot 3 – Adventure day with Sean Conway – Live Auction Item

Sean Conway is best known as the first and only man in history to cycle, swim and run the length of Britain, oh and for his massive ginger beard! In 2016 he completed the world’s longest triathlon, a 4,200mile journey around the coast of Britain. Sean has just broken the World Record for cycling across Europe in under 25 days from Portugal to Russia. Join him for an adventure day in the Lake District and receive signed copies of his books.

 

Lot 4 – Day of Pinhole Photography in the Lakes with Henry Iddon – Online Auction Item

Spend the day with award winning local photographer Henry Iddon capturing shots across the Lake District using a pinhole camera and learning how to develop the images yourself. You’ll end the day with your own magnificent prints captured by you.

Bid now 

 

 

Lot 5 – 3 night holiday to Venice – Live Auction Item

Enjoy a fabulous 3 night self-catering break for 4 in central Venice. You’ll be staying in the heart of this romantic city, in an apartment overlooking a very quiet and private Corte (with its 14th century well), yet only minutes from the bustling Rialto Bridge and the Market.

 

 

Lot 6 – Lake District Pound – Live Auction Item

A collectors set of Lake District Pound notes with the same serial number, that number reflecting a key date in the history of our National Park. You could own the full set of Lake District Pound denominations – LD£1, LD£5, LD£10 & LD£20. Each of the denominations will have the same unique Serial Number: 1951. 1951 being the year the Lake District National Park was founded. This will be together with a ‘Lake District Pound Storybook 2018’ exquisitely produced on James Cropper paper and telling the story of the LD£ and the 2018 designs.

 

Lot 7 –VIP Bremont tour and luxury dinner, bed & breakfast stay in Henley – Online Auction Item

Bremont is an award-winning British company producing beautifully engineered chronometers at their headquarters in Henley on Thames, England.

The prize includes a VIP behind the scenes tour with Nick and Giles and dinner, bed and breakfast at the luxurious Hotel du Vin on the banks of the river Thames in Henley.

Bid now

 

Lot 8 – Lake District National Park Field Team for the Day – Live Auction Item

The Lake District National Park’s Field Rangers are offering one full day of their time to assist you completing a big job in the garden, land or perhaps your farm? You aren’t bidding for a team to come and cut your grass for the day rather use their skills and expertise to help with something you can’t do, for example stone walling?!

 

Lot 9 –Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh behind the scenes tour and afternoon tea – Live Auction Item

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh was founded in 1670 as a physic garden. It is now a world-renowned centre for plant science, horticulture and education and extends over four Gardens (Edinburgh, Benmore, Dawyck and Logan) boasting a rich living collection of plants. You could have an exclusive behind the scenes tour with the Curator of the Living Collections followed by conversation over a delightful afternoon tea.

 

Lot 10 – Alan Stones lithograph – Live Auction Item

Local Lake District artist, Alan Stones, is offering a framed original lithograph. The picture is called ‘Over the Fence’ – hand made in May 2018 at Alan Stones studio at Blencarn in a limited edition of 85. You’ll be able to view on the night and you’ll beabsolutely enchanted.

 

Lot 11 – Theatre by the Lake Package – Live Auction Item

Theatre by the Lake in Keswick is offering a special package for two. Enjoy tickets to any performance this summer season, exclusive VIP backstage tour and a three course dinner for two.

 

Lot 12 – Sail and dining experience on Lake Windermere with VIP Chauffeur travel – Online Auction Item


Enjoy a morning of indulgent luxury.

You will be picked up by your own private chauffeur, from Lakeside Travel Services VIP Chauffeur service, driven to your yacht on Windermere where you’ll set sail for an afternoon on the Lake and an enjoy a sumptuous lunch with wine on board. Your chauffeur will return you home after your excitement on the water.

Your sailing experience will be with Sail n Dine. Bid now.

 

 

Lot 13 – Bespoke 70’s Herdy – Online Auction Item

For those of you who haven’t come across Herdy. Let us take a moment to introduce you. Herdy design and create unique gifts, homeware and accessories that make you smile. Born in the English Lake District and inspired by the area’s loveable Herdwick sheep, they also support sustainable rural community and upland fell farming projects through the Herdy fund. Herdy have created a bespoke 70’s disco Herdy especially to help raise funds for the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path! Bid now.

 

Lot 14 – Fulton’s Bespoke Jewellery- Live Auction Item

Brian Fulton based in Keswick has over 35 years experience in the jewellery trade. Brian has become a Freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company for his contribution to the goldsmith and jewellery trade and is a fellow of the Institute of professional goldsmiths.

Brian, whose workshop was based in Threlkeld used to commute along the old railway path to Keswick. Brian has designed 3 bespoke bracelets to represent the bridges which were damaged during Storm Desmond, their old railway bridge numbers were 69, 71 and 73. Each bracelet will be auctioned separately.

 

Lot 15 – Ultimate Whinlatter Forest Experience & lunch at The Cottage in the Wood – Online Auction Item

Did you know Whinlatter is England’s only true Mountain Forest? It’s home to stunning views, fantastic walks, exhilarating mountain biking, rare wildlife and adventure play! The team at Whinlatter are giving you the chance to bid on a special prize for two…. A Discovery Pass for Whinlatter, afternoon tea at Siskins Café and Go Ape session (High Ropes or Segways) for two people plus a voucher for the Visitor Centre! Enjoy lunch for two as well at the fabulous Cottage in the Wood just by Whinlatter Forest. Bid now.

Lot 16 – VIP tour of Lingholm Estate house and gardens and Champagne Afternoon Tea – Online Auction Item

Lingholm Estate is traditional country estate that lies at the heart of the Northern Lake District situated on the Western Shore of Derwentwater. Central to the Estate is a grand Grade II listed Victorian house, built in 1873 by the prominent Victorian Architect Alfred Waterhouse with expansive grounds and stunning gardens. The Estate is offering an exclusive VIP tour followed by a scrumptious afternoon tea for two. Bid now.

 

Lot 17 – Hawkshead Relish Hamper – Live Auction Item

The Hawkshead Relish Company is an artisan producer of award winning preserves based in the historic village of Hawkshead in the heart of the English Lake District. The range of over 120 relishes, pickles and preserves are handmade in small batches using traditional open pans and locally sourced ingredients, without any artificial flavourings, colourings or preservatives, all are free from nuts and gluten and suitable for vegetarians.

    Get your hands on a tasty hamper not to be missed filled with Hawkshead Relish finest  goodies!

Lot 18 – Lakes Distillery Package – Online Auction Item

 The Lakes Distillery is located next to Bassenthwite Lake. The team are inviting you to bid on a tour of the Distillery, afternoon tea for two and a fabulous bottle for the summer –  The Lakes Rhubarb and Rosehip Gin Liqueur. Bid now. 

 

Lot 19 –Wordsworth House and Garden entry and afternoon tea for a family of four – Online Auction Item

William Wordsworth ‘Daffodils’ poem beginning “I wander’d lonely as a cloud” is the quintessential Lake District poem. Born in Cockermouth, just north of the National Park, Wordsworth House and Garden was his childhood home. Wordsworth’s ‘Guide through the District of the Lakes’ published in 1820 sparked off the first beginnings of mass tourism to the area. Enjoy a tour of the house and gardens followed by afternoon tea. Bid now.

Lot 20 – Jennings Brewery case of the finest beer and hamper – Live Auction Item

Indulge in a case of Jennings beers – Cumberland Ale, Jennings Bitter, Sneck Lifter, Cocker Hoop and a hamper of tasty local produce. The Jennings beers are brewed with pure Lakeland, drawn from the brewery’s own well, and only the finest ingredients are added. The real art is in the brewing itself, where the Head Brewer and his team use their years of experience and traditional brewing methods to create a range of superb Lakeland Ales.

Lot 21 – European Garden Heritage Network – Online Auction Item

A special opportunity to experience a VIP tour of the Schloss Dyck Foundation located just outside Dussledorf in Germany and a luxury overnight stay with dinner at the Hotel Schloss Dyck on the grounds of the glorious stately home. Schloss Dyck is a dramatic moated castle which is regarded as one of the most important cultural monuments on the Lower Rhine. Built on four islands in the 17th century, the castle complex lies at the heart of the spacious park. Bid now.

Lot 22 -Wordsworth’s Daffodil poem signed by Susan Wordsworth – Online Auction Item

Rydal Mount, in the heart of the English Lake District, was William Wordsworth’s best loved family home for the greater part of his life from 1813 to his death in 1850 at the age of 80. The house, which was a focus for romantic literature, continues to be owned by the Wordsworth family and retains the feel of a lived in family home. We have a special opportunity to bid for a signed copy of Wordsworth’s Daffodil poem. The copy is signed by Susan Wordsworth the Great, Great, Great, Granddaughter of William Wordsworth. Bid now.

Lot 23 – Booths Luxury Hamper – Live Auction Item

Delightfully indulgent, hand-picked and chosen with love, this charming afternoon tea hamper comes packed with our favourite tea-time treats. Enjoy an afternoon sipping fragrant Earl Grey tea and scrumptious strawberry and raspberry preserves from Rosebud, Bells finest fruit cake blended with seasoned spices and luxury chocolate chunk biscuits… perfect for dunking! A British tradition worth sharing with friends and loved ones.

 

Lot 24 – 4 Saturday night Concert Tickets to Keswick Mountain Festival – Live Auction Item

Keswick Mountain Festival has held back 4 tickets for Saturday 9th June concert with Mel C and The Farm. The tickets have now sold out so here’s your chance to get involved with the celebrations and support a superb cause!

 

 

Lot 25 – Heart Radio – Bid now! 

Heart Radio is giving away a special prize for those budding radio presenters and super fans of the show. You could sit in on Heart drive time show, have a studio tour and walk away with fabulous merchandise! Bid now.

 

Lot 26 -33 Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path Oak Trees – Bid now!

We are planting 35 oak trees along the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path.

The Lake District National Park is offering up a special opportunity to bid for 5 trees at a time.

We have 7 lots to offer 5 Oak Trees per lot. You’ll receive a plaque on the trees to thank you for your donation. Bid now!

 

Lot 34 – Fell Top Assessor for the Day – Bid now!

From November to March three Mountaineers summit Helvellyn to monitor, record and report on the weather conditions. Helvellyn is one of the most dangerous mountains to climb especially in winter conditions. The Fell Top Assessors job is to ensure locals and visitors summit safely and provide a ‘boots on the ground’ report on conditions. You can experience what it’s like to be a Fell Top Assessor for the day, climb the mountain, and produce the report and take over the social media for the day. Bid now.

 

Lot 35 – The Quirky Coach – Bid Now!

Zoe Dawes, known as the Quirky Traveller, is a local lady who travellers the world writing awe-inspiring blogs and provides expert business coaching.

Zoe is offering a special business and life coaching session with a half day ‘walk n talk’ along the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path.

Walking is good for your health; being outdoors helps you clear your mind, reflect, think differently, it gives you clarity and boosts creativity. You can decide what to get out of the session, an individual ‘walk n talk’ coaching session, team building or social ‘walk n talk’ whatever your preference Zoe is on hand to offer her expert advice for half a day. Bid now!

 

Lot 36 – Two night luxury break at Smiths Hotel, Gretna Green – Bid now!

Carlisle Lake District Airport and Smith Hotel are offering a two night luxury stay in a Suite with full Scottish breakfast and a bottle of bubbles on arrival. The Smith Hotel is a superb 4 star accommodation, excellent 2 x AA rosette restaurant, an onsite beauty salon and just in case you were wondering, highly regarded as one of the very best wedding reception venues in the area. Bid now!

 

Lot 37 –Monster Mile entries – Live Auction Item

The original and the best, Lakeland Monster Miles is the toughest both physically and technically of all the Adventure Cross events, offering a full take of the best of Lakeland riding, and is a great way to end your Cyclocross season.

Starting from Fitz Park in Keswick on 14 October, if you are up the challenge you’ve still got plenty of time to train, kindly sponsored by Rather Be Cycling and Sponsors Cycling Weekly and MBR.

 

Lot 38 – Sally’s Cottages Break & 12 month Cumbria Life Subscription – Live Auction Item


Sally’s Cottage is giving the opportunity to enjoy a midweek break at Rose Cottage in Lamplugh and Cumbria Life will help you unwind by offering a 12 month subscription.

 

 

Lot 39 – Exclusive John Lewis Hotel Break and afternoon Tea at The Gaddum – Bid now!

You are invited to enjoy a very special dinner, bed and breakfast experience at the John Lewis exclusive hotel in Ambleside. The hotel is normally reserved for John Lewis employees but they have generously opened their doors to help raise funds for the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path. To make your mini break complete, Brockhole’s newly launched restaurant is offering an afternoon tea experience at The Gaddum Afternoon Tea. Bid now!

Lot 40 – Another Place overnight adventure and family pass to Holker Hall & Gardens with afternoon tea – Live Auction Item

Another Place is the newest in the new collection of hotels designed to bring people together in exceptional locations. From the team behind Watergate Bay Hotel, Another Place on the shores of Ullswater is relaxed, convivial hotel from where you can explore the great outdoors. It’s a place for coming together round a table or fire pit, or for going it alone on a walk in the hills. It’s about days spent splashing about in the lake before drying out on a sofa with a book. It’s about the good things in life – having fun, eating well, letting go. Enjoy dinner, bed and breakfast and the next day head off to Holker Hall & Gardens for a day of fun and afternoon tea.

Lot 41 – Short break for 4 in one of the Lake District Award Winning Parks – Bid now!


Lake District Estates are inviting you to bid on a wonderful short break at one of their 4 award winning Parks in the Lake District.

Take your pick from Woodclose Park, Kirkby Lonsdale, Waterfoot Park at Pooley Bridge or Hill of Oaks, or Newby Bridge Parks at Windermere. Bid now!

 

Lot 42- Signed Sir Chris Bonington and Doug Scott poster – Bid now!

Lot 43 – Spa Experience & dinner at Oxley’s at Underscar – Live Auction Item

Heart of the Lakes are giving you the chance to bid for a Spa Experience Deluxe for 2 people at Oxleys Spa at Underscar followed by a two course meal for four and a bottle of Wine at The Bistro at Underscar.

Major donations received for Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path

The Lake District Foundation is thrilled to announce that it has received over £20,000 of donations for the Keswick to Threlkeld fundraising campaign over the last couple of weeks.

The donations have been made by The Keswick Enterprise Holding Charitable Trust, Keswick Town Council and Keswick Bridge Complex.

The Foundation was absolutely delighted to receive a cheque from The Keswick Enterprise Holding Charitable Trust who generously gave £15,000 in support of the fundraising efforts. The Chair of the Trust, John Harvey, heard about the campaign from the local news and was keen to back the fundraising drive. John said “I have enjoyed the beauty and pleasure of the railway path for many years when I visit Keswick. The scale of the fundraising challenge is daunting but I do hope our donation will bring the Lake District Foundation closer to the £300,000 target and hopefully encourage others who are yet to donate to do so”.

The good news continued with confirmation of £2,000 donation from Keswick Town Council, who recognise that this trail is an important part of the local visitor economy and community.

Similarly, £2,000 has been received from Keswick Bridge Complex. The contribution from Keswick Bridge Complex came from the Keswick Bridge Appeal, Robert Duncan, Manager explains “Since Storm Desmond hit we’ve asking our guests to help get the path back up and running by making a donation to the cause. We are so pleased to help with our contribution and looking forward to seeing the path fully connected soon”.

The Lake District Foundation celebrations continued after a successful fundraising weekend for the Keswick to Threlkeld  Railway Path raising over £1,500. Hundreds took part in the special K2T Challenges set by the Foundation. The Lions and Rotary volunteers were out in force over the weekend leading on the street collections and took donations from successful 5km challengers.

The Lake District Foundation, formerly Nurture Lakeland, is the charity raising funds to protect and conserve the Lake District National Park. Sarah Swindley, Director, explains why the foundation is pleased to be supporting the Keswick to Threlkeld campaign, saying “We are delighted to be spear-heading the fundraising campaign, raising awareness and engaging visitors, locals and the business community to donate to the project. The foundation aim is to encourage those who visit the Lake District to help us to protect and give something back.  The path, is hugely popular with locals and visitors to the Lake District alike, has been hugely missed since being extensively damaged in the storms of December 2015. It’s  wonderful to see donations coming in from the community, businesses and visitors and we thank you all for your generous support”.

The Lake District Foundation have set up a number of ways for people to donate, either via their Just Giving Page, by texting ‘KTOT £10’ to 70070 or by cheque addressed to the Lake District Foundation. All donations are welcomed big and small as they all count to help reinstate the path. You can keep up to date with the campaign by visiting lakedistrictfoundation.org.

The funds raised will go towards reconnecting the Keswick to Threlkeld railway path, some parts of which were severely damaged during the floods in 2015.

Two of the old railway bridges that crossed the River Greta were washed away and one bridge left at risk of collapse and around 200 metres of the path surface disappeared into the floodwaters.

In December 2017 the LDNPA were delighted to announce a major funding boost to the project – a £2.5 million grant from Highways England and a partnership with the Lake District Foundation to jointly fundraise the shortfall of around £3 million.

K2T Challenge Weekend Success

The Lake District Foundation is celebrating after a successful fundraising weekend for the Keswick to Threlkeld  Railway Path.

Over £1,500 was raised over the weekend and hundreds took part in the special K2T Challenges set by the Foundation. The Lions and Rotary volunteers were out in force over the weekend leading on the street collections and took donations from successful 5km challengers.

The K2T weekend was aimed at engaging everyone who was visiting Keswick over the Bank Holiday to get outside, enjoy the great weather, try out one or more of the five different 5km routes suggested by the Foundation and make a donation to the fundraising drive to reinstate the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path.

Heather Askew, Fundraiser for the Lake District Foundation was delighted with how the weekend went and wants to see this support and awareness continue over the next couple of months. Heather said “It was fantastic to speak with so many people over the weekend and hear everyone’s personal stories and memories of the railway path. Everyone we spoke with was keen to back the campaign and give the 5km challenge a go if they could. Don’t worry if you missed the weekend, the K2T Challenge can be done anywhere at any time! So you can still get outside, complete 5km, donate £5 (text ‘KTOT18 £5’ to 70070), and nominate five people to take on the challenge too”.

The fundraising events continue over the next couple of months with the Hope Park Games and Cafe ‘K2Tee Off’ competition on Thursday 17 May which will be an optional fancy dress golfing competition. The Alhambra Cinema is holding a talk and film showing by Sean Conway on Thursday 7 June and the Foundation will be holding an exclusive ‘money-can’t-buy’ auction on 8 June at the Lodore Falls Hotel with the auction lots being revealed later this week

For details about all the events, visit lakedistrictfoundation.org.

The funds raised will go towards reconnecting the Keswick to Threlkeld railway path, some parts of which were severely damaged during the floods in 2015.

Two of the old railway bridges that crossed the River Greta were washed away and one bridge left at risk of collapse and around 200 metres of the path surface disappeared into the floodwaters.

In December 2017 the LDNPA were delighted to announce a major funding boost to the project – a £2.5 million grant from Highways England and a partnership with the Lake District Foundation to jointly fundraise the shortfall of around £3 million.

Outdoor Legends lead the charge to restore Lake District trail

A host of outdoor legends are throwing their weight behind a major charity event this June aimed at restoring a well-known Lake District trail decimated by Storm Desmond.

Climber Alan Hinkes, runner Ricky Lightfoot and adventurer Sean Conway are all offering ‘money can’t buy’ experiences as part of a charity auction being arranged by the Lake District Foundation next month, to raise vital funds for the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path.

The event on 8 June 2018 at the Lodore Falls Hotel in the Borrowdale Valley aims to help raise the £3m needed to reconnect the route for cyclists and walkers, after two old railway bridges and around 200 metres of path surface were washed away by the ravages of the weather in 2015.

  

Three unique outdoor experiences are among the prizes available for the highest bidders on the night:

  • A day on the Lake District Fells with Alan Hinkes, OBE, who is the first Briton to climb the world’s highest mountains, the fourteen 8,000m peaks.
  • A fell-running experience with Ricky Lightfoot, one of the top trail/mountain runners in the world. A former World Trail Running Champion from the Lake District, Ricky holds the record on several iconic races across the world including Mauritius, South Africa and the Scafell Pike.
  • Adventure day with Sean Conway, who is best known as the first and only man in history to cycle, swim and run the length of Britain. In 2016 he completed the world’s longest triathlon, a 4,200mile journey around the coast of Britain.

Sean Conway is also an official Ambassador for the Lake District Foundation. He says, I love the Lake District and I really want to help people make the most of this awe-inspiring landscape. Restoring the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path to an accessible trail for walkers and cyclists is a vitally important cause, because we are bringing it back to life for future generations.”

Other prizes up for auction range from bespoke jewellery designed and made in the Lake District to two fantastic VIP garden tours, at the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh and the European Garden Heritage Network at Schloss Dyck in Germany.

Tickets for the event on 8 June available online: they are £50 per person or you can take a table of 12.

Since Storm Desmond in 2015, around half of the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path Multi User Trail (MUT) has been out of action, impacting on thousands of local people and visitors who enjoy the route every year. The Lake District National Park (LDNP) prioritised reconnecting this route, however it is a complex, major project that required significant work. Through 2016-17 LDNP secured as much alternative access for users as possible and carried out detailed design and consent work, funded by Highways England.

In December 2017, LDNP announced a major funding boost and significant step forward, thanks to a £2.5 million grant from Highways England and a partnership with the Lake District Foundation (formerly Nurture Lakeland) to jointly fundraise the balance of around £3m. To help us reconnect this route, donate today by visiting lakedistrictfoundation.org/keswick-to-threlkeld, or text ‘KTOT18 £5’, or ‘KTOT18 £10’, to 70070.

For more information about the auction or to donate an experience, contact Caroline Hoppé, at the Lake District Foundation on [email protected] / 01539 822622.

K2T Challenge Weekend Announced

The Lake District Foundation is holding a special K2T Challenge 5-7 May in Keswick to raise funds to reconnect the Keswick to Threlkeld railway path.

Over the early May bank holiday weekend the Lake District Foundation team will be encouraging visitors, locals, businesses and sporting clubs to complete a 5km challenge and donate £5, all part of the fundraising campaign being delivered by the charity.

The K2T Challenge was launched in March inviting everyone, no matter where you are in the world, to complete 5km, donate £5 (text ‘KTOT18 £5’ to 70070), document the attempt either by a photo or quick video, nominate five friends to take on the challenge and share via social media using #K2TChallenge. Since its launch, hundreds have taken part in various disciplines including a couple ski-touring in the Alps who then made a donation.

The dedicated challenge weekend is designed to raise awareness of the campaign, get more people involved and try a fun 5km route from Keswick. The Lake District Foundation are recommending five different routes, starting with the old railway path from Keswick Leisure Centre up to the where the first bridge was washed away, Keswick to Latrigg, Hawes End to Catbells, a route around Whinlatter Forest and if you are up for an adventure either swim, kayak, paddle board or even sail the length of Derwent Water. Full details can be found at lakedistrictfoundation.org

Heather Askew, Fundraiser for the Lake District Foundation notes the challenge is open to everyone. Heather saidThe challenge is about completing 5km anyway you like, walk, jog, cycle – it doesn’t matter how long it takes, it’s simply completing the 5km distance. We hope the routes we’ve put together for this special weekend will encourage more people to give it a go, donate and spread the word”.

The charity team will be supported by volunteers from Lions and Rotary to carry out the street collections on the weekend and take your donations for your 5km challenge. In addition, look out for the Lake District Foundation stand in Keswick Town Centre as they’ll be offering an exciting virtual reality experience of flying through the Lake District which is not to be missed and selling special branded t-shirts and bags donated by Lakeland Embroidery.

The funds raised will go towards reconnecting the Keswick to Threlkeld railway path, some parts of which were severely damaged during the floods in 2015.

Two of the old railway bridges that crossed the River Greta were washed away and one bridge left at risk of collapse and around 200 metres of the path surface disappeared into the floodwaters.

In December 2017 the LDNPA were delighted to announce a major funding boost to the project – a £2.5 million grant from Highways England and a partnership with the Lake District Foundation to jointly fundraise the shortfall of around £3 million.

Community Support Flying High for the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway

The local community is bursting with energy and excitement to support the fundraising campaign to reinstate the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path. Last week saw the first in a series of community events take place in Keswick and Threlkeld raising nearly £4,000.

The Big Fat Community Quiz organised by Cake & Salad and Podgy Paws in Keswick raised £1,700 and a benefit gig at Threlkeld Village Hall raised £2,000. Over 150 locals attended both events wanting to support the fundraising efforts.

Chris Harper, Owner of Podgy Paws said she was overwhelmed by the amount of support for the quiz:When Jess from Cake & Salad and I put the call out locally we couldn’t believe how many businesses came forward to offer prizes. It was superb! And when we started selling tickets, again, we were blown away by the responses, as all the tickets were sold in a week. We were thrilled with how much was raised and quite simply, it was good old fashioned fun for a cause close to all our hearts”.

For those who couldn’t make the first two events there will be plenty of opportunity to get involved with various activities over the next couple of months. The Hope Park Games and Cafe are holding ‘K2Tee Off’ competition on Thursday 17 May which will be an optional fancy dress competition. Viki Mallaghan explains what the event is all about;We wanted to do our bit for the K2T fundraising drive, but thought we’d do something a bit different. It’s a fundraising golf competition on our 9 hole Pitch and Putt course. Teams of 4 are invited to take part and fancy dress is encouraged! The first team will set off at 5pm with the rest of the teams staggered at 10 minute intervals. Pre-booking is essential”. To get involved it’s £10 per person and prizes will be awarded to the winning team and the best dressed.

The Alhambra Cinema is planning a talk and film showing by Sean Conway on Thursday 7 June. Sean Conway is the Lake District Foundation Ambassador who now lives in the Lake District. Sean is the first person to cycle, swim, and run the length of Great Britain and holds the record for the world’s longest triathlon, a 4,200 mile journey around the coast of Britain.  Sean will be telling stories about his running adventures and his latest world record attempt a 4,500mile cycle challenge from Portugal to Russia in under 26 days.

Supporting the community activity the Lake District Foundation are organising a couple events for all to get involved. Firstly, the K2T Challenge weekend over 5,6,7 May where the team will be in Keswick for the weekend encouraging everyone to complete 5km, donate £5 and nominate five people to take on the challenge too. There will be five different 5km routes to choose from and you can make your donation on the day with the street collection teams on hand from the Lions and Rotary Clubs.

The second event coming up is an exclusive ‘money-can’t-buy’ auction on 8 June at the Lodore Falls Hotel. The auction will have 50 lots made up of unique experiences and special prizes from all over the world. It is set to be a fabulous evening and with support from the oldest auction house in the area, PFK Auctions, the auction is in very safe hands.

Heather Askew, Fundraiser for the Lake District Foundation, is looking forward to all the events:We are absolutely thrilled by the fundraising events and support from the local community. It’s going to be a jam-packed couple of months but we can’t wait. Especially, during the charity auction weekend as we’ll be at the Keswick Mountain Festival too encouraging visitors to do the K2T Challenge and donate.”

The funds raised will go towards reconnecting the Keswick to Threlkeld railway path, some parts of which were severely damaged during the floods in 2015.

Two of the old railway bridges that crossed the River Greta were washed away, one bridge was left at risk of collapse and around 200 metres of the path surface disappeared into the floodwaters.

In December 2017 the LDNPA were delighted to announce a major funding boost to the project – a £2.5 million grant from Highways England and a partnership with the Lake District Foundation to jointly fundraise the shortfall of around £3 million.

Charity Auction Announced for the Keswick to Threlkeld Old Railway Path

The Lake District Foundation is hosting an incredible ‘money-can’t-buy’ auction to raise funds for the reinstatement of the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path.

The auction will be held on Friday 8 June at one of the finest hotels in Cumbria, the luxurious Lodore Falls Hotel on the shores of Derwentwater in Borrowdale. The evening will offer the opportunity to bid for exclusive ‘money-can’t-buy’ prizes and experiences. Guests will enjoy a scrumptious four-course meal in the company of a number of national outdoor legends, whilst raising funds for a path with local and national interest.

The auction is set to be an incredibly prestigious event, especially with support from one of the oldest auction houses in the region, PFK Auctioneers who will be running the bidding on the night.

Michael Roberts, Manager of PFK Auctioneers saidWe have a long history of hosting successful auctions and with over 140 years’ experience we know the auction planned for the Lake District Foundation will be exceptional. We are confident the lots on offer will be of interest to all walks of life and are excited to be part of the evening to raise funds for a much loved and well used Lake District path”.

The prizes on offer will provide unique experiences and magical moments you never thought possible, to be shared with family and friends as surprises, gifts and treats. The most important part of the event is that the funds raised all go support the fundraising campaign for the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path.

Caroline Hoppé, Campaign and Event Manager from the Lake District Foundation said the fundraising starts before you even get to the auction, “We are delighted to share that when you buy your ticket for the evening it includes a £20 donation towards the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path. We’d like to thank you in advance for your support. The auction prizes will be revealed soon, but in the meantime we encourage you to buy your ticket now so you don’t miss out on this fabulous evening to come.”

Tickets are £50 per person or you can take a table of 12 and can be purchased at https://k2tcharityauction.eventbrite.com. If you would like to offer a prize or have any questions contact Caroline Hoppé, Campaign and Event Manager from the Lake District Foundation via [email protected] or call 01539 822622.

The funds raised will go towards reconnecting the Keswick to Threlkeld railway path, some parts of which were severely damaged during the floods in 2015.

Two of the old railway bridges that crossed the River Greta were washed away, one bridge was left at risk of collapse and around 200 metres of the path surface disappeared into the floodwaters.

In December 2017 the LDNPA were delighted to announce a major funding boost to the project – a £2.5 million grant from Highways England and a partnership with the Lake District Foundation to jointly fundraise the shortfall of around £3 million.

Red Squirrel Workshop – Monday 16th April 2018

Are you involved in red squirrel conservation in Cumbria?

Join us for a development workshop on Monday 16th April 2018 at 13:00 – 15:30at Murley Moss Business Park, Kendal.

The aim of the workshop is to:

  • discuss the strategic and operational challenges facing red squirrel conservation groups,
  • identify some key achievable outcomes for Cumbrian red squirrels,
  • explore the potential to work towards a joint fundraising campaign.

Agenda:

13:00   Welcome from the LDF

13:10   Outline Workshop Aims

13:20   Update: red squirrel conservation – national position

13:30   Update from local groups: describe your organisation, aims for 2018, top 3 challenges, and opportunities identified

14:30   Workshop activity – prioritising outcomes and opportunities

15:00   Plenary

15:30   Close

 

To find out more and to book your place, please get in touch: [email protected]

Booming Business Support for the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path

Keswick and Lake District businesses are coming out in force to support the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path reconnection.

Over 50 local Keswick businesses from shops, cafes, attractions, hotels and camp sites have already signed up as fundraising campaign partners and more are coming on board every day. They are armed with donation boxes, posters and flyers all at the main reception desks and check outs to raise awareness and encourage donations from visitors and locals.

Promoting the campaign via local businesses online channels is crucial too to help spread the word and unlock further donations. Keswick Tourism Association has done exactly that, supporting with enewsletters to visitors, website information and social media sharing.

Many businesses are planning additional fundraising activities as well, including local pet shop, Podgy Paws, working with takeaway café Cake & Salad are holding the Big Community Quiz on the 13 April, 7pm in the Back Bar in Keswick. Whilst both The George on a Tuesday night and The Packhorse on a Wednesday night are currently holding their weekly quizzes in aid of the fundraising. The Threlkeld Village Hall will be holding a benefit Gig on 14 April, 8pm and the Lodore Falls Hotel is working with the Lake District Foundation on a charity auction evening on 8 June.

The K2T Challenge has picked up pace with local businesses getting behind the challenge and promoting via social media, including local mountaineering company, ’More than Mountains’, which completed the challenge on skis during the snow over the last couple of weeks.

Businesses are also digging deep, providing raffle prizes and giving direct donations. We’ve already received donations from Threlkeld Parish Council and Keswick Rotary earlier this month and we are delighted to have received £300 from Sally’s Cottages in the last week.

Heather Askew, Fundraiser for the Lake District Foundation, is absolutely delighted with the business support so far but wants to encourage more businesses to get involved. Heather said “We are thrilled with all the businesses backing the fundraising campaign and want to say a massive thank you in advance for your support. We’ve also launched a fundraising toolkit to make it easier to get involved: head to the Lake District Foundation website and you can download your own poster, leaflets and see further ideas on fundraising initiatives”.

The funds raised will go towards reconnecting the Keswick to Threlkeld railway path, some parts of which were severely damaged during the floods in 2015.

Two of the old railway bridges that crossed the River Greta were washed away, one bridge was left at risk of collapse and around 200 metres of the path surface disappeared into the floodwaters.

In December 2017 the LDNPA were delighted to announce a major funding boost to the project – a £2.5 million grant from Highways England and a partnership with the Lake District Foundation to jointly fundraise the shortfall of around £3 million.

Local Support for Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path Fundraising

Local support is building for the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path Fundraising with two large donations announced this week.

At their February Meeting Threlkeld Parish Council agreed to donate £1,000 to the fundraising campaign to help reconnect this popular route between Keswick and Threlkeld.

This donation was swiftly followed by a donation from Keswick Rotary and Keswick Lions. £1,000 from the Flood Fund set up jointly by Keswick Rotary and Keswick Lions following the devastating effects of Storm Desmond in December 2015.

The donations will go towards reconnecting the Keswick to Threlkeld railway path, some parts of which were severely damaged during the floods in 2015. Two of the old railway bridges that crossed the River Greta were washed away and one bridge left at risk of collapse and around 200 metres of the path surface disappeared into the floodwaters.

Heather Askew, Fundraiser for the Lake District Foundation said “These donations from local organisations show the strong level of support for this much-loved route. We hope that these two donations will be the first of many from local sources. We have started working with a wide range of businesses and community groups on different ways to raise this money, including some exciting events coming up.”

If you would like to get involved with the fundraising for the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path you can contact Heather at [email protected].

In December 2017 the LDNPA were delighted to announce a major funding boost to the project – a £2.5 million grant from Highways England and a partnership with the Lake District Foundation to jointly fundraise the shortfall of around £3 million.

Keswick to Threlkeld Fundraising Toolkit

Help us spread the word about raising funds for the reconnection of the Keswick to Threlkeld railway path. We need to raise £5.4m to make the repairs happen and need your help.

The Toolkit

Download our toolkit and promote in your business today:

What’s it all about

The railway path, in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, was a beautiful traffic free, tree-clad, four mile route which winded through Greta Gorge along the old track bed of the Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith railway.

Storm Desmond, caused flooding damage across the Lake District, devastated this well loved route between Keswick and Threlkeld, destroying two bridges and damaging a third.

Get involved

There’s lots of ways you can help support the fundraising campaign which works for your business, take your pick:

  • Campaign partner – promote the toolkit via your business and marketing channels. Would you like a donation box? Get in touch with our Fundraising Manager Heather Askew who will drop one off for you email [email protected] or call 01539 822622
  • Keswick to Threlkeld Challenge – take part in the 5km challenge as an individual or business, complete 5km, donate £5, take a picture or video, nominate 5 people to get involved and share via social using #K2TChallenge. More details on our K2T Challenge page here
  • Donate – all donations are welcome big or small it all helps reach our goal. You can donate online via our Just Giving page or write a cheque payable to Lake District Foundation (mark the back K2T) and post to: Lake District Foundation, Murley Moss, Oxenholme Road, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 7RL
  • Fundraise – why not put on your own fundraising event or take on a challenge to raise funds? Link up with our Just Giving website  
  • Charity Auction – 8th June Lodore Falls Hotel, Keswick. Can you offer a prize? Like to sponsor the event? Buy a table? Get in touch with Caroline Hoppe Campaign & Events Manager for more details [email protected]
  • Duck Race – more details coming soon!
  • Have you got a big idea? All ideas are welcomed so please get in touch if you have thoughts and suggestions of how we can make this fundraising happen

 

Lake District Foundation launches partnership with The Outdoor Guide

We are delighted to share the exciting new website Julia Bradbury and sister Gina have launched, The Outdoor Guide  (TOG) and proud to support the walks and advice they offer from all over the UK.

The website is a showroom that puts companies with the same ethos together in one place to inspire families to get out and explore this wonderful world. On TOG you will find fab walks, amazing gear and gadgets along with some recommended places to stay when out walking.

Make sure you check out the Lake District walks section, definitely not to be missed!

Check out TOG for yourself visit theoutdoorguide.co.uk

 

Keswick to Threlkeld 5km Challenge

Keswick to Threlkeld 5km Challenge

Take on the #K2TChallenge and raise funds for the reconnection of the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path. Its easy. Complete 5km, donate £5, nominate 5 friends and share.

Get involved!

  1. Complete 5km anyway you like. Walk, run, cycle, push the buggy, walk the dogs or swim!
  2. Take a selfie or a quick video
  3. Use #K2TChallenge and share
  4. Nominate 5 friends to take up the challenge
  5. Donate by texting “KTOT18 £5” to 70070 or donate online at lakedistrictfoundation.org

Heading to Keswick?

Why not take on the 5km challenge on the remaining railway path today!

The route starts besides Keswick swimming pool, follow the railway path along a peaceful traffic free, tree-clad, path up to the first missing bridge, beside the River Greta. Enjoy.

Thank you

Your funds raised will help restore and reconnect the full route from Keswick to Thelkeld. We hope that you will be inspired to give, your donation really will make a difference.

Reconnecting the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path – Fundraising Campaign is Live!

Working with the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA), we are launching a fundraising campaign to raise funds for the reconnection of the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path, and we are now looking for the help and support of local businesses and community groups with this campaign.

Heather Askew, fundraiser for the Lake District Foundation said “I know how much we all miss having this fantastic route available, whether it’s for a family walk, a training run or a cycle ride.  This accessible route has so much to offer for both locals and visitors and is a vital connection between Threlkeld and Keswick.  This fundraising campaign will help support the cost of getting this route fully restored.  I hope that local businesses and community groups in Threlkeld and Keswick will be keen to get involved and support this project.”

The flooding in December 2015 caused extensive damage to the trail, 2 bridges were unseated from their abutments and irreparably damaged, a third was badly damaged, 200m of path embankment was washed away and undercutting of the bank below is threatening the long-term stability of the boardwalk section.

The LDNPA intend to largely reinstate the original route, including work to replace the two missing bridges, to repair the third bridge, to re-route the trail around the missing section of embankment and to reopen the original railway tunnel to replace the raised boardwalk section.

Planning permission for the work is being applied for in March 2018 and the project is expected to cost around £5.4 million. A £2.5 million grant from Highways England has been awarded, and we are now looking to raise the shortfall of around £3 million.

The LDNPA anticipate that phase 1 (design) will be complete by July 2018 with the designs and necessary environmental and planning consents in place.  Subject to securing match funding, phase 2 (construction) could start as early as summer 2018.  The LDNPA will be sharing designs for the project in February 2018.

If you would like to get involved with this fundraising campaign, please email Heather Askew: [email protected] or call us on 01539 822622.

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First grant of the year!

Thanks to businesses across Cumbria that were busy fundraising last year, we were delighted to be able to make a grant of £ 2,913 to Red Squirrels Northern England this week (12th January 2018).

The red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) is the only species of squirrel native to England.  As a native species, the red squirrel is an integral part of our countryside and our natural heritage.  Red Squirrels Northern England (RSNE) is a red squirrel conservation partnership working right across northern England.

RSNE conduct an annual red and grey squirrel monitoring programme in 294 sites across northern England. The programme, which involves surveys using trail cameras, visual walks through woodlands, or observed squirrel feeders, has now successfully delivered annual range monitoring for 6 years.

Red squirrels captured on a trail camera during monitoring at Smardale Gill, Cumbria, spring 2017

Around 150 people were involved in surveys across the project area, and 72% of all surveys were carried out by volunteers, managed by project staff.

RSNE manages all of the data for northern England, working with other conservation organisations, private estates and over 30 local community red squirrel groups to capture all of the effort being put in to conserve reds.

Volunteers setting up hair tubes to survey for squirrels in Grizedale as part of the RSNE spring 2017 monitoring programme

The team has also been involved in a national project, Red Squirrels United, working with partners in Wales, Northern Ireland and Lancashire to conserve reds. The partnership is offering unique opportunities to share working practices and ideas with other projects, is helping encourage more community participation, and is gathering important information on public attitudes to red squirrel conservation.

There is also a scientific element to the project, and field data recorded by RSNE is being analysed by Newcastle University in order to support the collective work to protect reds become more efficient.

You can help RSNE to monitor the population of red squirrels by logging your sightings of red squirrels on the RSNE website.

 

Exciting plans unveiled at our launch event

Exciting new plans have today been unveiled by brand-new charity the Lake District Foundation, which aims to help sustain the UK’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site.

With donors, local businesses and beneficiaries of the charity in attendance, the new Director Sarah Swindley introduced adventurer and author Sean Conway as official ambassador of the foundation.

Mr Conway said: “I moved to the Lake District for one reason; to do all the various activities that are my oxygen for life. Swimming, cycling, running, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, the list goes on. It’s all on my doorstep and I love it. I really want to be able to help people make the most of this wonderful corner of Britain and preserve it for generations to come and that’s exactly what The Lake District Foundation does. It encourages the people using the landscape to look after it and to improve it for the future.”

The new charity builds on the legacy of Nurture Lakeland with the aim to increase ‘visitor giving’ from the millions of people who enjoy the Lake District every year. As well as visitors, the Lake District Foundation also encourages tourism businesses to play their part in looking after the environment.

At the event at Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa, Windermere, it was announced that the foundation will distribute income to worthy projects such as the Keswick to Threlkeld Multi User Trail and organisations like Fix the Fells.

Sarah Swindley, Director of Lake District Foundation said: “It’s an exciting time for The Lake District. After being recognised globally by UNESCO we felt it was time to raise our organisation’s ambitions and increase the impact we have.

“Nurture Lakeland did some incredible work over the years and we’re now ready to push ourselves further. The number of people visiting the Lake District grows each year so now is a real opportunity to increase visitor giving and distribute the income into effective projects and extend the reach of our charitable campaigns.”

 

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