Fund’s boost for tree recovery

A new campaign is launched to help Lake District woodlands recover from Storm Arwen.

Thousands of trees were felled causing terrible damage to woodlands across the county.

It’s been almost one month since the storm ripped through Cumbria, leaving significant damage in its wake.

Orrest Head in Windermere suffered around 75 felled trees. Mayor Adrian Legge is pictured surveying storm damage this week.

The Lake District Foundation’s Real Hedge Fund – which helps create and restore Cumbria’s hedgerows – will turn its focus to planting new trees and hedges lost in the storm.

The charity will match-fund donations up to £5000.

Every £25 donated by individuals or businesses will help create one metre of bio-diverse hedgerow or up to five saplings for replanting.

Sarah Swindley, CEO, Lake District Foundation, said: “You only have to walk around the county to see the scale of destruction to our woodlands following Storm Arwen.

“Our existing Real Hedge Fund campaign has been helping to restore Cumbria’s hedgerows. Given the impact of Storm Arwen we are now extending that campaign to include replanting of trees felled in the storm.”

You can donate here: The Real Hedge Fund – Lake District




The Lake District Foundation, the local conservation charity, is spearheading a fundraising campaign to reinstate and conserve native hedgerows. The charity is participating in The Big Give Christmas Challenge, a match funding initiative enabling donations to be doubled for one week in December. 

The Christmas Challenge launched by the founder of The Big Give, philanthropist Sir Alec Reed CBE in 2008, is the biggest match funding campaign in the UK. It offers supporters of participating charities, like the Lake District Foundation, the opportunity to have their donation doubled for seven days from 1st – 8th December 2020. 

Sarah Swindley, Lake District Foundation’s, CEO said, “We need to raise £7,000 to unlock the match funding available in the Big Give Christmas Challenge for the Lake District Foundation. The fact that any donation made will be doubled during this week is incredible, so we do hope everyone can dig deep and donate. A small donation will make a huge difference, thank you!” 

The Real Hedge Fund campaign aims to highlight the importance of hedgerows in the environment and the role within the cultural and natural heritage of the Lake District. The campaign has an ambitious target to plant 4,000 metres of native hedgerows across the Lake District and aims to raise £100,000 to make this happen. 

The Lake District Foundation launched the campaign in June 2020 in partnership with Ullswater Catchment Management CIC, Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Woodland Trust and Eden Rivers Trust. 

The Christmas Challenge 2020 will take place from 12pm on 1st December 2020 until 12pm on 8th December 2020, to make a donation visit : https://donate.thebiggive.org.uk/campaign/a051r00001exMK1AAM  and to find out more the Real Hedge Fund visit https://www.lakedistrictfoundation.org/the-real-hedge-fund/ 

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