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Latest News and Events - August 2016


Early Birds

We celebrated the extension to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Park boundaries by watching the first dawn over the newly extended Lake District National Park on Scout Scar near Kendal. 

A stunning sunrise greeted those up and 5:00am to see in the dawn on the first day of the official inception of the extension to both the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales National Parks.  

Read more about our morning on Scout Scar and watch Lakeland Radio's live interview with Douglas Chalmers as dawn breaks.

Photo John Edmondson
More images available in our Facebook album

Our supporters are out
in force at Morecambe Bay

Saturday was a walk on a Biblical scale - 300 Friends of the Lake District supporters joined 500 others to cross the Morecambe Bay sands, led by the famous Cedric Robinson MBE, the Queens Official Guide to the sands for over 50 years.

As well as everyone successfully completing the four hour walk, supporters raised over £4,500 towards Friends of the Lake District's work protecting the landscapes of the Lake District.
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Conservation work parties... 

Volunteering makes a real difference for Friends of the Lake District and much of our work is only possible because of the help we receive from our volunteers. Our conservation work parties are a practical hands-on way of helping to protect and enhance the landscape. You’ll have fun, meet people and eat lots of cake! Most take place on our own land across Cumbria. Anyone is very welcome to join us whatever your skill level, as we supply skilled supervision and tools. 


Volunteers working on our beautiful upland hay meadows at High Borrowdale earlier this week take a well earned break. Whatever time you have to spare, you will be welcomed by our friendly team of staff and volunteers - and there is always a plentiful supply of tea and cake in return! 
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Hot Topics

We post regular updates to the Hot Topics section of our website to keep you up to speed with ongoing news and developments from Planning and Policy.

Moorside response, Windermere Speed Limit, Brexit, Discover Cumbria Grants, NWCC Route, Westmorland Dales Hidden Landscapes, Park extension

View the latest updates>

How our innovative grants
are helping Cumbria

If you are organising an event which will bring in visitors and spending to an area affected by flooding, especially the Keswick, Appleby, Kendal and Glenridding regions (applications from other areas will be considered) then you may qualify for an individual grant of up to £500 towards your event costs. 

Photo: Rod Ireland

Photographer’s Rod Ireland and Jonny Marchant were successful in securing ‘Discover Cumbria’ funding to support their venue and production costs for a unique photography exhibition in the Moot Hall, Keswick running from 24th-29th August; their images promise a view of the Lake District you may well be unfamiliar with, as it is re-imagined at night time.

Read more about 'Discover Cumbria' grants on our website

Leader's Landscape Training

FREE Leader's Landscape Training, Fri 12th August, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m: Lake District Common Land, Cultural Landscape, Flora & Wildlife: The focus of the day will be to examine the role of common land in the landscape, the wildlife of upland Cumbria and their relationship with the cultural landscape of sheep farming. Contact to book a place.

People Power

Hundreds of volunteers were joined by 15 volunteer task leaders and 10 Friends of the Lake District staff to take part in a variety of practical conservation tasks on Wednesday 6th July to help heal and restore landscapes ravaged by the winter storms around Glenridding and Patterdale at our Fell Care Day event  in July.

We were overwhelmed by the response of people keen to volunteer to help repair and restore landscape damage to this beautiful part of the Lake District. From teenagers to retired people, the collective effort was awe-inspiring!

Read more on our website>
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2016 Events

Full listings and event booking facilities are available on our website>
Thu 3rd November

Rusland Fell Care Day
Our final Fell Care Day of the year is being held in the Rusland Valley where we're teaming up with the Rusland Horizons programme.

Join hundreds of volunteers in carrying out practical conservation tasks in this wonderful setting. There will be a whole host of activities to choose from. Booking essential. Visit our website or contact 01539 720788.

Fri 4th November

Kirby Lecture
'How to Read Water’

A talk by Tristan Gooley, based around his best selling book ‘How to Read Water - Clues, Signs and Patterns from Puddles to the Sea.’

A must for walkers, swimmers, photographers, artists and everyone interested in the natural world. Natural Navigator Tristan will be sharing knowledge, skills, tips and useful observations to help you enjoy the landscape around you.

Price £10 including refreshments. Friends of the Lake District Members £5.

Booking essential. Visit our website or phone 01539 720788.

A celebration of the Solway

Exhibition of paintings for sale over the August Bank Holiday weekend at Burgh by Sands village hall.

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Lake Artists

The popular Lake Artists Society exhibition has opened in Grasmere. Some glorious works of art from Lake District artists. On until 7 September.

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World Heritage Bid

Join us in our bid to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Find out how you can celebrate the identity, inspiration and conservation of the Lake District on the Lake District World Heritage Bid website.

Don’t forget to show your support by adding the hashtag #lakedistrictbid to your social media posts!
Make a donation to Friends of the Lake District and help us protect and enhance this beautiful area.

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