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Cumbria Hedgerow Campaign Receives Donation Boost

A fundraising campaign aiming to raise £100,000 to create and reinstate 4,000 metres of native hedgerows in the Lake District has received a generous boost from the Woodland Trust. 
 
The Lake District Foundation, Ullswater Catchment Management CIC, Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Eden Rivers Trust launched the Real Hedge Fund in June 2020. The campaign aims to highlight the importance of hedgerows in the environment, the role within the cultural and natural heritage of the Lake District and to replant native hedgerows where these have been removed. 
 

The Real Hedge Fund campaign has had a fantastic start with 180 metres of new native hedges donated by the Woodland Trust, which equates to a financial donation of £4,500.  
 

Sarah Swindley, Lake District Foundation’s, CEO said, “We’ve hit the ground running thanks to the Woodland Trust. A huge thank-you to them for leading the way with a superb donation. We have an ambitious plan to plant 4,000 metres of native hedgerow, which costs around £25 per metre to manage and plant across Cumbria and we need your help. We want you to see nature as the best investment with the highest return!”  
 

The local conservation charity, Lake District Foundation, is encouraging everyone to get involved by making a donation from £25 per metre. All information can be found at lakedistrictfoundation.org.  
 

Julia Aglionby, University of Cumbria’s Professor in Practice, said: Since the second world war we have lost over half our hedges, that is over 250,000 miles of hedges and many that are remaining are in poor condition. Hedges are great, they provide food for birds and insects, they are refuges for wildflowers and contain multiple species of trees and shrubs. As importantly they reduce flooding by slowing run off, store carbon and act as corridors for wildlife across more intensively managed farmland. From a farming perspective they are good too, providing sheltered boundaries which as a farmer I know are invaluable in stormy weather.  The Real Hedge Fund campaign is an opportunity to make a difference and raise vital awareness, so we hope you get involved and support us. Thank-you.” 
 
The charity will also be running a larger crowdfunding appeal later in the year through the national Big Give platform. It is the leading online match funder which brings charities, philanthropists and the public together to multiply their impact. The crowdfunding appeal will support the Real Hedge Fund campaign, the charity is looking for a small number of donors to help them kick start this appeal from businesses to individuals.  If you would be interested in getting involved, get in touch with the Lake District Foundation either by email, [email protected] or telephone 01539 822622. 

To make a donation to the Real Hedge Fund and for further information visit https://www.lakedistrictfoundation.org/the-real-hedge-fund/
 

We’ve hit the ground running thanks to the Woodland Trust. A huge thank-you to them for leading the way with a superb donation.

Sarah Swindley, Lake District Foundation’s, CEO

Conquer Lake District donate over £2,000

Conquer Lake District are a local business with a passion for the outdoors and believe it is their responsibility to promote, protect and preserve our incredible National Park. Their beautifully designed patches and gifts are eye catching and make the perfect keepsake for treasured memories of a Lake District visit. If you haven’t yet seen their products, take a look here

Conquer Lake District partnered with the Lake District Foundation in January 2019, and decided to donate 5% from every single product that they sold, both on line and in their 40 stockists, raising an impressive £2,013.41 in one year.  They also donated T shirts to the Lake District Foundation for raffle prizes, enabling even more funds to be raised, and designed a beautiful bespoke patch for the Lake District Foundation to give their new supporters as a thank you gift. 

Owner and Founder Caroline saysThrough our quality goods we aim to inspire people to have fun and celebrate the adventure whilst also caring for our majestic and delicate landscape. We may be a small business, but we are proud to have made such a huge commitment and it was important to us to build a charitable element into our strategy from the beginning.” 

The funds raised by Conquer Lake District will be used to care for the spectacular wildlife, landscape and cultural heritage of the Lake District and provided financial support to small but effective projects, see some examples here

Sarah Smith, LDF Operations Manager, saysIt is so important that we are able to partner with a local and sustainable businesses whose values align with ours. At the Lake District Foundation, we consider the impact of everything that we do, so it is fantastic to be able to work with a sustainable company like Conquer Lake District. Their support makes a huge difference.” 

Caroline adds, “We believe in making quality products that connect people with the projects that care for our majestic yet delicate National Park. It is wonderful to see people returning to the Lake District and enjoying the great outdoors following the Coronavirus restrictions, and we are proud that we can help them to give something back too.” 

Rothay Manor is open for business and Covid ready

The Foundation works with over 150 business supporters who either fundraise for the charity or make a donation. The businesses have been busy preparing to re-open safely at the start of July following Visit Britain guidelines.  

Rothay Manor Country House Hotel is one of the finest luxury Lake District hotels in Ambleside the heart of the Lake District. Rothay Manor have been a business supporter since 2019.

Jenna Shail, Owner of Rothay Manor, explains how Covid has impacted the business but they have taken steps to open their doors safely.

How has lockdown affected you? 

“It’s obviously been extremely difficult from a business point of view.  To have no takings for 4 months is going to hit any business hard!  We kept ourselves busy painting the entire outside of the hotel, including window frames…which turned out to be quite a big job!!  But, the painting gave us a daily focus, which was great!”

Would you mind sharing your re-opening strategy? 

“We carried out a full risk -assessment, all of our staff are certified in covid-19 knowledge, and we have implemented new procedures throughout the whole hotel.  It’s been difficult for the business, as lots of new items have had to be purchased to ensure our covid-19 safety, but  I think we are now through the worst of it, and getting back to a new normal!”

How important is looking after the Lake District now and in the future?

“So important, it has been heart-braking to see how many people dis-respected the area when lockdown was lifted.  I’m a keen outdoor person, and appreciate the beauty of our area, and don’t like to see it spoilt by people’s laziness!! 

Not only is the area important for my business, but also important to me personally, which is why we joined the Lake District Foundation…to try to do our bit!”

Would you like to share anything further about the impact on your business?

“From a personal point of view it was lovely to have the Lake District so peaceful, and we felt very privileged to live in such a beautiful place!”

How Covid has impacted on our thinking about the natural world

During May and June, we ran a short survey to find out more about people’s views and concerns about our natural world, and the role that access to natural spaces had played during the corona virus pandemic.  Nearly 230 people responded to our survey, and we will be using the findings to help shape and inform our future programmes of work. 

Who Responded? 

Most respondents were over 25, so we know we need to do some further work to capture the view and insights of young people. 

Nearly everyone who replied had some access to green or natural spaces during this time, though we know that this isn’t the case for everyone. 

Most respondents were from Cumbria and Lancashire and we can assume that most respondents already had an interest in protecting and conserving the environment, with 67% reporting that green and natural spaces were just as important to them now as they had always been. 

Key Findings

  • Most people (66%) reported discovering new spaces, footpaths and routes near to where they lived.   
  • Footpaths and rights of way and woodlands were the most visited spaces, followed by streets and local parks, and over half of people said that they will continue to access green and natural spaces more local to them once restrictions are lifted.  “I have decided that I want to spend more time in nature locally and cut my driving and travel.” 
  • People reported a range of positive benefits from having access to natural spaces during ‘lock down’ and restrictions, with 75% reporting positive benefits to their mental health, and 62% reporting benefits to their physical health.  64% of people also reported that access to natural space provided an activity at a time when other options for recreation were limited.
  • However, a smaller number of people recorded negative impacts, in particular reporting concerns around maintaining social distancing and feeling confident to access spaces safely when other people are around, especially following an increase in the number of people accessing green spaces that they might normally use.
  • Nearly everyone reported seeing some positive changes in the nature and wildlife around them, recording increases in birdsong, wildlife and insects, with 35% of people reported that they now wanted to do more to help conserve the natural world. 
  • All respondents placed great value on being able to access green and natural spaces, with 67% saying that they are just as important as they were before, and 33% reporting that they were now even more important to them. 
  • We can see that the benefit people have gained from our natural spaces has positively  influenced their interest in supporting charities working to protect these spaces.  Half of respondents already donated to causes which support the natural world and environment, and 12% said that they now might give more in the future.  Nearly 1/3rd reported that they had not given to support the natural world before but might now in the future. 
  • We’ve also seen an increases in the volume of people willing to donate through outdoor contactless points, with just over 50% of respondents reported that they would be likely to donate in this way, compared to 31% when we surveyed people in this issues in 2018 survey.  

Emerging Themes  

Several broader themes also emerged from the survey, and which we will be working to explore further. 

  • Health and Wellbeing – Our survey highlighted the vital role that access to green and natural spaces plays in supporting health and wellbeing, and in particular mental health and emotional wellbeing. 
  • Managing visitors to the area – People identified the challenges in managing access to green and natural spaces, and balancing the needs of both residents and visitors.
  • Equality of access– People recognised that not everyone had equal access to green and natural spaces and were keen to explore how this could best be tackled.  
  • Transport and Parking – Restrictions on travel highlighted the hugely positive impact of reduced traffic in and around our natural spaces.  People were keen to explore how we could build on this and improve infrastructure for other forms of more environmentally friendly travel to and around our green spaces – including cycling and improved public transport. 
  • Behaving Responsibly People’s reported concerns about a perceived lack of knowledge or education around how to safely and considerately access the countryside and natural spaces.  Many people reported that they thought people were  now less familiar with the Countryside Code. 
  • Learning from the crisis to improve the management of our natural spaces – People wanted the wider response to current crisis to have nature at its heart.  They highlighted positive consequences of restrictions which could be captured and used to inform future developments in the management of green / natural spaces. For example, looking at the impact of reduced traffic and footfall across the Lake District National Park and exploring what this has shown us and what could be taken forward in the future. 
  • Biodiversity loss – People expressed broad concerns regarding biodiversity loss, in our natural spaces, and suggested how changes in land, environmental and farming management practices could be used to tackle this.  

Survey quotes

I feel it’s become apparent that natural and green spaces are imperative to physical and mental well-being. However, it has also demonstrated the challenges that exist. How do we travel to these spaces? How do we interact with them? How do we balance the needs of those visiting vs the impact of those visits? We could have a unique opportunity to change the way we do things, but that change needs to start now.

I miss the Lakes!! Cannot wait to be able to come back and enjoy the mountains again with my family. Outdoor spaces, particularly the lakes, is hugely important to my mental health – it is where I feel most comfortable and happy.

Home working and the restrictions have put a heavier reliance on accessing natural spaces for exercise and mental health, but have only strengthened my existing conviction of the need for a simple and close relationship with nature – and the desire to avoid unnecessary travel, particularly by car, and also technology when engaging with nature.

Access to green spaces has been vital for us as  key workers and with 3 children under 7 mental well being has been a top priority for us to maintain.

We should encourage more sustainable modes of transport.  The lack of traffic in the Lakes was profound in the early weeks of lockdown and enhanced my experience of the Lakes.

I’ve lived in the Lakes for 4 years and have never done as much outdoors as I have done during lockdown. Not having access really made me appreciate it. Only been able to access what was on my doorstep made me appreciate where I live. I was furloughed; I’m worried about what it will be like going back to work. I was always so tired! With the long days and commuting. I’m worried I will lose the joy I’ve had from being outdoors because of lack of time.

Cedar Manor is open for business and Covid ready

The Foundation works with over 150 business supporters who either fundraise for the charity or make a donation. The businesses have been busy preparing to re-open safely at the start of July following Visit Britain guidelines.  

The Cedar Manor Hotel in Windermere has been a business supporter since 2007 raising over £17,000 for the Foundation during that period. They re-opened their doors at the start of July after receiving their ‘Good to Go’ accreditation from Visit Britain.   

Jonathan Kaye, Owner of The Cedar Manor Hotel, explains,  

“We have gone through quite an extensive program to get Covid-19 safe. We have received our accreditation from Visit Britain, the Good to Go Kitemark, in July and have now opened our doors. 

To get this we have completed 3 key risk assessments that are all focussed on Covid-19.

First a customer journey, from booking to departing, to ensure they will feel confident and safe at all times.

Second, the staff journey, whether chef, housekeeper, front of house or manager, to ensure they are aware of the new standards and rules and can complete their tasks in a safe environment.

Third, the building. We have been working to make this covid safe by the using an external contractor who will use an environmentally friendly chemical to “Fog” all our rooms and public areas (including the terrace) which puts an invisible coating over all surfaces, even fabrics that lasts 28 days.

We have purchased PPE for staff and training plans have been implemented. We have implemented digital signage in place with sanitizing stations at the entrance and entrances to public areas. Our room folders have been replaced with an APP and Hotel TV channels added for those who don’t use a smartphone, with all you need to know about the hotel.

We have sent emails to guests booking with revised information, pre-arrival emails with detailed information regarding to arrival at the hotel and the option to pay online prior to departure, making it a contactless experience. Also, not forgetting with added our Covid Guest Charter on our website too.

Above all, we are reassuring guests that although it sounds like a “new world”, we want them to come and relax knowing that its safe and they are going to be well looked after.”

Why we support the Lake District Foundation?

“Initially, we joined in 2007 shortly after taking over Cedar Manor. We were introduced to the foundation and understood quickly that a few pounds from each guest would do great work for local charities. What struck a cord for us was the Park being a place to come for free and asking the guests for £2 to help keep the footpaths maintained, preserve red squirrels and do other great work was a no-brainer.

We then looked at our “green” journey and visitor giving is part of gaining green accolades, so as we were already embarked on this process, it was a big tick for us. The guests really don’t mind and love the fact that they can contribute to the well-being of the park.”

What struck a cord for us was the Park being a place to come for free and asking the guests for £2 to help keep the footpaths maintained, preserve red squirrels and do other great work was a no-brainer.

Jonathan Kaye, oWNER
cEDAR MANOR
Cedar Manor Hotel 
Jonathan and Caroline Kaye 
cedarmanor.co.uk 

 

CONSERVATION CHARITY WELCOMES VISITORS BACK TO NATIONAL PARK

The Lake District Foundation extends a warm welcome to visitors returning to the Lake District National Park as COVID restrictions ease and tourism businesses re-open. 

The Lake District Foundation, the charity raising funds to look after the Lake District National Park and Cumbria, have worked alongside partners and businesses to look after our natural world whilst visitors have been away. They have carried out research to understand the impact during this time and are proud of their business supporters’ opening their doors safely for visitors again. 

A small local survey conducted by the Foundation before the easing of restrictions in June revealed one third of people now feel that the green and natural spaces are more important than before and 75% reported the outdoors have a positive impact on their mental health. Nearly everyone reported seeing positive and visible changes in the environment and nature around them, recording increases in birdsong, wildlife and insects.  

Sarah Swindley, Lake District Foundation’s CEO, said: “It is more important than ever to look after the open spaces and spectacular landscape not only for the environment but also for people’s health and well-being.  
We are excited to welcome visitors back and hope you enjoy your favourite places in the Lake District but we do rely on your help to care for the wildlife, landscape and cultural heritage. There are many ways you can support: look out for our contactless donation boxes at Ullswater Steamers in Glenridding and Wainwrights Inn in the Langdales, or visit our website lakedistrictfoundation.org, and via our amazing business supporters across the Lake District. Thank-you for your continued support.” 

The Foundation works with over 150 business supporters who either fundraise for the charity or make a donation. The businesses have been busy preparing to re-open safely at the start of July following Visit Britain guidelines. 

The Cedar Manor Hotel in Windermere has been a business supporter since 2007 raising over £17,000 for the Foundation during that period. They re-opened their doors at the start of July after receiving their ‘Good to Go’ accreditation from Visit Britain.  

Jonathan Kaye, Owner of The Cedar Manor Hotel, explains, “To get this we have completed 3 key risk assessments that are all focussed on Covid-19. First a customer journey, second, the staff journey, third, the building.  Above all we are reassuring guests that although it sounds like a “new world”, we want them to come and relax knowing that it’s safe and they are going to be well looked after. We are delighted we can continue to fundraise for the Lake District Foundation and know our guests really love the fact that they can contribute to the well-being of the park through staying with us at Cedar Manor.” 

The money raised by the Lake District Foundation is distributed to effective projects that share the charity’s goals within the UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

The Real Hedge Fund

The Lake District Foundation works with partners to help care for the landscape, wildlife and heritage of the area. We know that people have been really valuing our natural world during lockdown and we have been getting lots of enquires about how best to offer support. We think hedgerows tick a lot of boxes!

We have an ambitious plan want to create or reinstate 4 Kilometres of new hedgerows in the Lake District.

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

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

Our proposal is titled:

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

It focuses on 3 closely connected areas:

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

Read the full Press Release or watch a short video 

LDF Welcome’s Three more new Businesses

The Lake District Foundation are always pleased to welcome the support of new businesses and so we are excited to announce not one, but three, local businesses who share our desire to secure the future of the lake district and Cumbria for future generations.

This is what they said joining the LDF means to them:

Rothay ManorThe Lake District Foundation is a charity that is close to our hearts.  We are so passionate about the Lake District and will do all that we can to help maintain and support our beautiful natural heritage.  It’s not always easy to get involved in charitable organisations when you run your own business and day-to-day life gets in the way, but the Lake District Foundation have made it really easy for us, and our guests, to get on board.  The Lake District is so important to so many people, for so many different reasons and it’s important for us to protect this natural environment for all visitors, present and future.

Within our first 3 months of membership we were lucky to hold a Red Squirrel workshop at our hotel, and I’m excited for the future to see what other exciting projects we can get involved in.”Jenna Shail – Owner of Rothay Manor

Healthy Human Life shares many mutual passions with the LDF. We are passionate about inspiring others to care for the planet and taking an active role in preserving its beauty.

The Lake District is a gift that keeps on giving for so many but needs our help for its longevity.  

Healthy Human’s mission is to encourage healthier lifestyle choices such as the reduction of single use plastics to assist in the sustainability of this beautiful land and planet beyond. Healthy Human- Healthy Planet.

We are proud to support the LDF on its missions to maintain this priceless landscape. 

Danielle Frazer – Director of Healthy Human Life UK 

As the oldest independently owned climbing shop in the Lake District, The Climbers Shop is very proud to support the Lake District Foundation in its work raising funds to protect our stunning National Park.

In the 60 years that we have been trading, the number of walkers, climbers and runners enjoying the great outdoors has exploded. Our livelihood depends on selling equipment to customers so they can enjoy the Lake District safely in all weathers and for that reason we have a responsibility to help protect the environment we love for generations to come.”

Cathy Casey – Director of The Climber’s Shop (Hooked on Granite Ltd)

Orrest Head

“Those few hours cast a spell that changed my life” – Wainwright.

The view from Orrest Head is spectacular, but not everyone can get there to enjoy it because the top section of path is too steep and difficult.

We want to create an alternative path to this special viewpoint suitable for people with limited mobility, including people with powered-wheelchairs and families with pushchairs.

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Green Business Network

Green business network

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

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

Book the next network meeting now

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A-ha Distribution supports LDF

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

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

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

Elaine Rengers – Director

A warm welcome to our new supporter

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

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

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

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

Funding for local projects 2019

The Lake District Foundation has revealed the nine projects which will receive funds from the latest round of grant funding. The successful projects from across Cumbria each will receive between £1,000 and £2,500.

In total 27 applications were received, making it a difficult task to choose which projects should benefit from funding.

Sarah Swindley, CEO Lake District Foundation said

`Its fantastic to see the local conservation work carried out across the county. Often, this is mainly led by volunteers doing amazing things in their free time. Our natural world would be much poorer without them, and we are happy to support where we can. It’s thanks to our work with local tourism businesses and visitors that we are able to generate this funding, and we would like to thank them for their ongoing support.’

The nine chosen projects were each awarded funding based on criteria including links to the environment, wildlife and cultural heritage. They are:

`Growing Well’ School children will be invited to visit their site at Sizergh Farm to learn how food is grown, what it needs to grow, get hands on in an activity, and discover other wildlife, inspiring future generations to get involved in horticulture and the natural world.

`Bee Hide’ Project (Heron Hill School) will provide a safe, inclusive, viewing area for the children and the wider community to enjoy and learn about bee keeping and the importance of bees in our ecosystem.

The Herdwick Sheep Breeder’s Society was awarded funding for the repair of their marquee which suffered storm damage. This is vital to the future of our local shows and links strongly to our World Heritage status.

Wildlife and Heritage Garden (Calderbridge and Ponsonby Communities) aims to rejuvenate the community areas to attract more wildlife and in so doing bring together different generations.

Swifts in the Community (SITC) have an army of volunteers who monitor the numbers of nesting swifts, which are in decline due to modern building design. They also give lots of local advice about how best to support these world travellers.

Staveley Woodlands (Cumbria Wildlife Trust) is a recently extended nature reserve. The project will involve walling off a section of land, hedging and the installation of bird and bat boxes, as well as creating a trail guide and way markers to guide people around the reserve.

`Space Invaders’ (South Cumbria River’s Trust) This is an ongoing project aimed at eradicating Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) such as Himalayan Balsam, and allowing native wildlife to thrive.

`Farming with Nature’ (Ullswater Catchment CIC) will see 40 wooden cages, each planted on farmland with one oak tree and surrounded by other scrub plants, providing habitat for other wildlife. The trees will help to improve soil structure and aid flood management.

`Coniston Wildflower Meadow’ (Coniston Parish Council) will see the community space in the centre of the village turned into a beautiful wildflower meadow.

New Business Supporter Park House Barn

Park House Barn is a working farm with a wedding and events venue that has magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Here’s what Operations Manager, Francesca Morton has to say about becoming a business supporter for the Lake District Foundation. “We want to help and feel it is our duty to protect this environment. We are lucky enough to be situated in the beautiful South Lakes and feel that we should be doing our bit to give back. As a venue we see lots of visitors to the Lake District and we believe that with the correct promotion we will be able to make more people aware that as tourism grows maintenance grows and we need donations to help restore paths, woodlands and habitats so that everyone can keep enjoying our beautiful countryside.”

New Business Supporter Bath House

We are delighted that Bath House has joined us as a new Business Supporter.

Located in Sedbergh and the nearby village of Dent, this rural business is surrounded by the beautiful landscapes of the Dales and Lakes, a continual reminder of the need to preserve and care for the landscape and environment on our door step. 

Bath House has seven shops in the Lakes and the north of England selling their natural skincare, perfumes and home fragrances. Ingredients are all sustainably sourced and eco-certified and with the rising awareness for the long term effects of plastics on the environment, they hope to reduce their use of plastic for bottles and jars by over 70%  by next year, as well as trialling refills of their products.  These are just some of the things the business is doing as they continue to strive to reduce any negative impact on the natural environment. 

Creative and Brand Director, Nigel Brooks says “By supporting the Lake District Foundation, we can see the possibilities for creating tailored projects that can contribute to the awareness of the Foundation and  raise money to help the projects it supports.  It is a great scheme well worth supporting”.

Apply for a Grant…

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

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

Applications close at 5pm on 20 September.

Find out more and how to apply

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Ullswater Way Fundraising Success

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Support the Lake District

Support the Lake District

Donate towards the National Park, and help us keep the Lake District spectacular.

Donate towards our National Park, and all the funds raised will help maintain more than 3,100km of paths and bridleways.

Millions of visitors, combined with our Cumbrian climate, means the National Park are constantly carrying out improvements and maintenance. By making a donation today, you can help us raise funds to look after this spectacular place now and in the future.

You can choose to support the Lake District by selecting a place, project or person you wish to sponsor – or by making a one-off donation.

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If you are donating in memory of a loved one or in celebration of a special occasion, you can add a simple engraved plaque to a finger post, gate, stile or bridge and choose whether to add a message to our memorial and celebration web page.

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.

Ways to donate

Join us as a regular supporter of the Lake District Foundation!

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

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

You can sign-up by telephoning 01539 822 622, 9am-5pm on weekdays, or download this form and return by post or email to [email protected]

 

See below for more ways to donate:

Donation Method

How to do it

Gift Aid Collection Available?

 

Online

Visit our JustGiving page and enter your card or PayPal details to make a donation amount of your choice JustGiving will collect Gift Aid on our behalf
Cash Please hand cash to a member of the Lake District Foundation and if applicable, specify your chosen campaign (e.g. K2T). We can provide a receipt if needed. If the cash donation is under £20, we can claim Gift Aid without a declaration. If the donation is over £20 please complete a Gift Aid Declaration and send to us by email or post.
Cheque Please make your cheque payable to Lake District Foundation and if applicable, write your chosen campaign (e.g. K2T) on the reverse. Please complete a Gift Aid Declaration and send to us by email or post.
Community fundraising or sponsored event Please get in touch with us, or set up a JustGiving fundraising page Built in to JustGiving
Text Giving To donate to the Lake District Foundation Fund:

Text “LAKE01 £5” to 70070

or to donate to the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path Fund:

Text “KTOT18 £5” to 70070

You will receive a text message asking if you would like to Gift Aid your donation

Lakelovers swap birthday celebrations for a birthday challenge

Holiday cottage business, Lakelovers, has set an amitious target to support Fix the Fells to maintain 40 paths around the Lake District to mark its 40th year.

 

The firm is giving its holiday cottage guests a chance to boost the charity Fix the Fells by donating cash and “mucking in” alongside its volunteers who work to protect paths from erosion by maintaining and repairing them. Lakelovers aims to help Fix the Fells maintain 40 paths around the Lake District to mark its 40th year in the holiday letting business.

With more than 15.8 million people visiting the Lake District every year and with 87 per cent of these heading out for walks to enjoy the spectacular scenery, it takes its toll on the picturesque pathways.

“Since the 1990s, it was clear to see that path erosion was becoming a serious issue in the Lake District,” said Paul Liddell, managing director of Lakelovers.

“It is wonderful that visitor numbers to the Lake District are significantly increasing and we want our 60,000 guests each year to go out and enjoy the outstanding outdoor activities this beautiful part of the world has to offer, but with millions of feet striding across it every year, the landscape is irrevocably damaged. So, we want to help Fix the Fells. We will do this by providing holidaymakers the opportunity to donate to Fix the Fells”.

In July, Lakelovers employees will form teams to walk 40 Wainwrights in one day to bolster funds for Fix the Fells.

Fix the Fells is a partnership project between the Lake District National Park, National Trust, Natural England, Nurture Lakeland and Friends of the Lake District. It works to maintain and repair upland paths suffering from erosion to preserve the “stunning beauty” of the Lake District’s mountains. It has already repaired 200 paths and has 268 paths identified for repair work, maintenance or monitoring.

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