Managing the biodiversity of the Lake District National Park

The Lake District Foundation has awarded a grant of £4,500 to the Cumbria Local Nature Partnership, enabling them to lead the development of a clear, strategic approach for managing the biodiversity of the Lake District National Park. Local Nature Partnerships have been established to drive positive change in the local natural environment.  This funding will […]

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Helping to save Helvellyn’s vulnerable arctic alpine flora

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

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‘Cultural Heritage’ within the Lake District World Heritage Site – Join the discussion

The Lake District’s World Heritage Site inscription includes its Cultural Heritage – but what does that mean?  If you live or work in or close to the Lake District, you will now have an opportunity to join in the discussion to help define and manage this special characteristic of the area. The Lake District Foundation […]

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Tree planting at Mardale Common, Haweswater

The Lake District Foundation has awarded a grant of over £2,000 to the Royal Society for the protection of Birds (RSPB) for tree planting at its Haweswater Nature Reserve at Bampton, near Penrith.  Commencing in November 2018, the project will see 400 trees planted on Mardale Common over the coming two winters.  The new planting will […]

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The Lake District Foundation funds work to improve Dash Beck at Bassenthwaite

The Lake District Foundation has approved a grant of over £2,000 towards a project led by the West Cumbria Rivers Trust, working in partnership with Bassenthwaite Rotary Club, to enhance the habitat of Dash Beck and surrounding land.  The project was first conceived by local people, and they will be fundamental to the successful delivery […]

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Lake District Osprey Project

osprey

In 2001 ospreys made a momentous return to the Lake District, after being extinct in England for decades. The ospreys now return from Africa to their nest near Bassenthwaite Lake each spring and more than 19 chicks have fledged since they returned. The visitor viewpoints at Dodd Wood are great locations for watching the birds […]

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Fix the Fells

Pete on Silverhowe

Fix the Fells is a partnership programme between the Lake District National Park, National Trust, Natural England, Lake District Foundation, Friends of the Lake District and Cumbria County Council to repair erosion scars which have developed over the years, and to make sure that these scars are prevented in the future. The Lake District fells […]

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Red Squirrels Northern England

The red squirrel is our only native British squirrel but is at serious risk of extinction if population numbers continue to decline. The main cause of this decline is competition with the American grey squirrel, an introduced species which is larger than the red and better able to survive harsh weather and occasional food shortages. […]

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Barkbooth Lot Nature Reserve

Barkbooth Lot

Barkbooth Lot Nature Reserve is situated near the head of the Winster Valley and covers 27 ha of diverse habitat, including rough fell land, oak woodland, meadow and tarns. Staff have worked to repair walls and fences and add gates so that livestock and deer are kept out of some areas to protect the oak […]

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Cumbria Outdoors John Muir Award

John Muir

The John Muir Award encourages people of all backgrounds to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places through a structured yet adaptable scheme. It encourages awareness and responsibility for the natural environment, in a spirit of fun, adventure and exploration. The Award is the main engagement initiative of the John Muir Trust. You can find […]

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Dubwath Silver Meadow Wetland Nature Reserve

Projects-Dubwath

Dubwath Silver Meadows is a new nature reserve which has been created as part of the Heritage Lottery funded Bassenthwaite Reflections programme. This seven hectares wetland site was once part of Bassenthwaite Lake and is now home to a range of special wetland flora and fauna. There are access-for-all paths and boardwalks which take you […]

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Experience the River

Experience the River

South Cumbria Rivers Trust works to protect and conserve the aquatic environments of South Cumbria. In order to achieve this they provide a local education programme aimed at giving the both the local population and visitors an appreciation of our waters and an improved environmental awareness ‘Experience the River’ days give children from local schools […]

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Fix the Fells Our Man at the Top

The National Trust has four teams of upland path workers, working on fell paths throughout the Central, Eastern, Northern and Western lakes. Over a number of years the teams have evolved into an experienced and highly skilled workforce To build a sustainable path and recreate a natural landscape, team members must be part craftsperson and […]

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Fix the Fells Our Woman at The Top

Fix the Fells

It is great to know that we have our first woman, Sarah Anderson, who works with one of the four teams of upland path workers, working on fell paths throughout the Central, Eastern, Northern and Western lakes for the National Trust. From March to November, the teams work full-time on the fells, interspersing project work […]

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Flowers and Fells Fund

Surveying meadows

The Lake District’s landscape is a patchwork of habitats. Our meadows and peatlands add to the diversity of plants and wildlife we find here, but need our help to be restored back to their former glory. Cumbria Wildlife Trust works with farmers and small holders to enhance, restore and manage flower-rich hay meadows in the […]

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Living Seas

Living Seas Projects

Living Seas. What picture does the phrase conjure up? A rocky reef bursting with brightly coloured fish, corals and sponges? A boat trip in the company of leaping dolphins and playful seals? Fishermen hauling nets that are brimful of big, tasty fish? Living Seas are all these things and more. But the UK’s seas are […]

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Small Grants Fund

Our Small Grants Fund allows us to give grants of up to £1,000 to local community groups and organisations for small scale projects which make a difference to local communities. These sorts of projects often otherwise struggle to find funding. We have supported numerous small projects over the years. Here are some examples: Windermere and […]

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Penrith & District Red Squirrels

Founded in 1994 and becoming a registered charity in 2008, Penrith & District Red Squirrel Group (P&DRSG) are committed to preserving native red squirrels in their natural environment by promoting the preservation of the red squirrel population within Penrith & District and their protection from extinction in the wild. The P&DRSG project is a conservation […]

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Saving Eden

saving eden

The Eden Invasive Species Project aims to protect the river Eden and its tributaries against the invasion of non-native plants and animals. This requires the management of invasive species already present, whilst preventing the introduction of new species. The project involves Eden Rivers Trust Staff and volunteers from the Eden valley and beyond. Invasive species […]

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Ullswater Environment Recovery Fund

In December 2015, we launched the Ullswater Environment Recovery Fund in partnership with the Ullswater Association. In the aftermath of the floods, many residents and businesses in Ullswater were contacted by members of the public who wanted to help to support the recovery of the natural environment. The Ullswater economy is highly dependent on tourism […]

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Warton Crag

Warton Crag nature reserve is part of the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and overlooks Morecambe Bay in Lancashire. The reserve has a rich variety of habitats including areas of limestone pavement and ledges, with mixed woodland, limestone grassland and scrub. Warton Crag is extremely important nationally because it is home to […]

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Adopt a Stone

From 2015 – 2018 the Lake District Foundation hosted a website called “Adopt a Stone”. Donors could leave a message on a virtual stone along Hadrian’s Wall in exchange for a one-off or recurring donation. Funds raised were distributed to projects that delivered or complemented the objectives of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Status and Trail […]

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