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The Lake District is home to iconic lakes, as well as smaller tarns and vital rivers. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the region’s waterways hold immense ecological significance.

The Lake District National Park provides 40% of the drinking water for the North West of England every day of the year. 

Phosphorus levels threaten ecosystems, putting lakes and rivers at risk from harmful algal blooms and non-native invasive species. By taking proactive measures now we can help to prevent further degradation of water quality. Investment will help us deliver solutions to have an immediate impact on water quality in our lakes.  

Investible Projects

Clean Water Community Grant Scheme

Intervention 

We are looking for investors who want to invest in community-led projects that work to improve water quality. 

Methodology  

We will work with your business to develop specific grant criteria on any aspect of biodiversity. For example, grants to support communities to: develop grasslands, plant native species, reduce carbon outputs; increase recycling; conserve water; develop green infrastructure; improve sustainable transport. The Lake District Foundation will administer and promote the programme, engage with communities, and measure impact. 

Investment Needed  

  • £15,000 – £30,000   

Impact  

  • Cleaner water 
  • Reduced nutrient levels in water 
  • More joined up and resilient habitats 
  • Improved function of ecosystems 
  • More engaged and informed communities 

Return On Investment 

  • Meet your specific ESG/CSR goals 
  • Raise your profile – branded grant scheme 
  • Engage with communities 
  • Enhanced brand image 
  • Tax deductible donation 

By investing in our Lakes Community Action fund, you can help protect our lakes for future generations. Through this work we want to engage with communities to: 

  • Prevent avoidable pollution of lakes 
  • Reduce the spread of Invasive Species 
  • Increase water quality awareness 

Technology & Innovation

Our lakes and rivers are experiencing increasing water quality challenges. We know that within this context, new ideas, innovation, and technology could provide the radical solutions necessary to transform the health of our water.  

Intervention 

We are looking for green pioneers to invest in our Innovation Fund. The fund will support the research, development, and testing of innovative products, ideas, and technology. Investment will ensure we are ready to invest and capitalise on new opportunities. 

Methodology 

We will invite innovators to showcase products and ideas. Key stakeholders across the Lake District will determine which emerging technologies and innovations have potential to make an impact on water quality. Selected products will be tested in a safe environment and once proven effective, will be implemented at scale.  

Impact 

  • Innovative opportunities will be explored 
  • Testing and implementation of solutions will be accelerated 

 

Investment needed:  

£5,000/ £10,000/ £20,000+ pledges to finance emerging innovation.

Return on Investment 

  • Potential return on investment 
  • Brand visibility and image 
  • Environmental stewardship – meeting ESG priorities.  
  • Tourism and recreation enhancement – cleaner lakes and rivers will support the Lake District tourism economy 
  • Partnerships and Collaboration – strengthening links with Windemere stakeholders and tech innovators  
  • Tax deductible donation 

Schools Education Programme

Intervention 

Investment will fund a schools training and education programme about lake and river health, how to reduce nutrient input and how to prevent cross-contamination of species. The aim is to catalyse long-term behaviour change to improve water quality and support sustained implementation of locally driven solutions 

Methodology 

In collaboration with partners, we will deliver an eco-schools education and engagement programme. Eco school leaders across lake catchment areas will be trained to educate children and young people about water quality, solutions, and tangible actions they can take to protect the lake. 

Impact 

  • Increased community engagement 
  • Increased community knowledge 
  • Reduction in avoidable nutrient input 
  • Reduced cross-contamination of species 
  • Influencing future stewardship of the region among younger generations 

Investment opportunities 

Sponsorship of programme across 1 x lake catchment £10,000 

Financing the training of 1 x school £3,000 

Or donate £25, £50, £100, £500, £1000. 

 

Septic Tank Solutions

Intervention  

Funding to support our work in raising awareness with local communities and businesses of issues surrounding non-mains drainage.  

Methodology  

A portfolio of community engagement methods that aim at connecting with local communities and businesses to highlight and encourage best practices of their  domestic and/or commercial non-mains systems e.g. septic tanks.   

Investment needed: 

  • £50,000 – whole engagement programme 
  • £10,000 – Engagement with local communities to promote responsible usage of their non-mains systems e.g. Parish Council meetings, community events  
  • £5,000 – Supporting the maintenance and updating of the Call of Nature website – a website dedicated to providing help and guidance for people who are on non-mains systems  
  • £5,000 – support the publication of assets such as Windermere Property Pack  
  • £2,000 – supporting the creation of a network/steering group(?) with registered waste carriers and British Manufacturers for non-mains systems users to ensure they are in line with EA regulation 

Impact  

  • Better maintained non-mains systems that are compliant with regulations  
  • Improved water quality of fresh watercourses and lakes  
  • Long-term behaviour changes within communities  
  • Stronger relationships with non-mains system industry  
  • Engagement data and case studies to inform long-term management of Lake District catchments  

Return on investment  

  • Brand visibility and image 
  • Environmental stewardship – meeting ESG priorities.  
  • Tourism and recreation enhancement – cleaner lakes and rivers will support the Lake District tourism economy 
  • Tax deductible donation 

 

 

Big Windermere Survey

Windermere is an iconic lake of significant ecological importance and is the centrepiece of the UNESCO Lake District World Heritage site. Water quality in Windemere is under threat from a high-level nutrient inputs and bacterial pollution. There is a need to generate ongoing data to increase scientific understanding of water quality at Windermere and support the development of initiatives to improve the condition of the lake. 

The Intervention 

The Big Windermere Survey is a flagship community science initiative delivered by the Freshwater Biological Association. It brings together volunteers, professional scientists, and catchment managers to help bring an understanding of the health of the lake to a wider audience, highlighting challenges and finding solutions. 

Methodology 

Citizen scientists are trained to collect water samples from approximately 100 separate locations on Windermere and in the rivers and lakes that flow into it. The samples are analysed for nutrient and bacterial concentrations at independent laboratories, producing the largest, one-day snapshot of conditions in Windermere. The survey takes place 4 times per year 

Impact 

  • Increased community understanding of the lake 
  • Increased community engagement 
  • Improved understanding of trends affecting Lake Windermere 
  • More informed water quality solutions 

Investment opportunities:  

£100,000 whole programme sponsorship for 1 year 

£35,000/survey 

£10,000 engagement events to share findings and long-term trends from survey 

£250 /volunteer 

Or donate £25, £50, £100 

Return on Investment 

  • Brand visibility and image 
  • Engagement with local communities 
  • CSR 
  • Environmental stewardship – meeting ESG priorities.  
  • Tourism and recreation enhancement – cleaner lakes and rivers will support the Lake District tourism economy 
  • Tax deductible donation 

To explore investment opportunities, contact Steve via [email protected] 

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