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Grants Awarded To Local Projects 2021

We have awarded grants to 13 projects across Cumbria which is part of our latest grant funding initiative in 2021. The successful projects have each been awarded between £250 – £500 from the small grants fund. The projects which have been successful share our charity’s goal; that the Lake District and Cumbria will be an inspirational example of sustainable development in action, to […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Ullswater Way Fund

Walking the Ullswater Way is a challenge. Just like taking care of its surrounding footpaths. The path welcomes thousands of visitors each year. We need your help to maintain, protect and care for this much loved path. The LDF Ullswater Way Fund specifically cares for the spectacular landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage surrounding England’s second […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lake District Osprey Project

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 […]

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 £130,000 has been raised. Following the floods in December 2015, the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway path suffered serious damage. Two of the old railway […]

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. […]

Barkbooth Lot Nature Reserve

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 […]

Cumbria Outdoors John Muir Award

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 […]

Dubwath Silver Meadow Wetland Nature Reserve

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fix the Fells Our Woman at The Top

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 […]

Flowers and Fells Fund

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 […]

Living Seas

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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