13 May 2022
Dear Supporter,     

Welcome to our latest Postcard From the Lakes. We had a great day out with perfect weather for walking and wading across the bay for our Fundraising Morecambe Bay Walk, thanks to everyone who took part and made it such a memorable day. You can still donate to it if you have any more sponsorship money to send in, see below.

Our Grand Opening Day at our new piece of land at Dam Mire Wood in Threlkeld was a great success, with filmmaker Terry Abraham and local schoolchildren cutting the ribbon. More than 120 people attended and took part in events including yoga, oak weaving, pastel workshop and walks and talks about what people would like to see us do with the land. If you couldn't be there you can still tell what you'd like to see us do with the land, via our survey, below.

This week has seen the Government announce changed proposals for the Planning Bill in the Queen's Speech to parliament, some of which we cautiously welcome.

And there's 2 weeks to go until the Great Cumbrian Litter Pick, so if you'd like to arrange a litter pick please do register it now on our website via the link below. Can we do as well as last year when 75 litter picking groups covered a distance of 311km across Cumbria, gathering over 500 bags of rubbish?
With very best wishes,

Douglas Chalmers, Chief Executive

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Take part in the Great Cumbrian Litter Pick
Friday 27th and Saturday 28th May
We need you! It's just two weeks until our annual Great Cumbrian Litter Pick, bringing Cumbrian communities together to help clean up our county.

If you are already involved in regular litter picking or want to hold a litter pick as part of the event, Register your own local community Litter Pick and get listed on our Local Litter Pick Groups Map.

If you'd like to join in with an organised litter pick keep an eye on our Great Cumbrian Litter Pick website for updates of litter picks in your area.
Thanks to our sponsors EOCA and The North Face Explore Fund.
The Planning Bill in the Queen’s Speech
The Queen’s Speech this week set out that rather than a separate Planning Bill, in which the Government had proposed to radically overhaul the planning system, significantly scaled back changes to the planning system will now take place as part of the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill.
We tentatively welcome some proposals in the speech and the Bill, including:
  • confirmation that some of the most concerning proposals, such as zoning, nationally-set mandatory housing targets and permission in principle, have been dropped
  • that the lighter reforms now proposed still seek to enable local people to have more involvement in the planning process
  • measures aimed at helping to bring empty buildings back into use
  • strengthening neighbourhood planning, allowing local priorities to be set
  • greater priority for the environment and consideration of the landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage.
We particularly welcome the proposed new requirement that local plans and other planning documents must ensure that the use and development of land will contribute to the mitigation of, and adaption to, climate change.
We remain concerned about certain aspects Read more>
A fantastic day for a walk across the bay
Our Morecambe Bay Walk last weekend went really well and the weather was perfect.
Thank you to everyone who joined us and made it such an enjoyable day.
You can still donate online if you'd like to, here>
See more photos in our facebook album>
A Grand Opening for Dam Mire Wood in Threlkeld
On a day of spring sunshine, local photographer and filmmaker Terry Abraham and six young photography competition winners from Threlkeld Primary School cut the ribbon on a new bridge over Kilnhow beck and declared Dam Mire Wood open! Read more>
See photos of the event on facebook>
Watch a short video of the event>
Dam Mire Wood Photo Competition
Send us your pictures of Dam Mire Wood or views from the wood for your chance to win a collection of Lake District inspired books.
Read more and to Enter>

Complete Our Online Survey about Dam Mire Wood
Friends of the Lake District wants Dam Mire Wood to be a place the community and public can enjoy. We would love to know what you would like to see on the property and how you would like it to be used.
Complete survey>
Tranquility Returns
to Dam Mire Wood

We returned to Dam Mire Wood for a workparty on Monday. What a different place to our grand opening two weeks ago!  There were no school children rushing around, tents or marquees, all was quiet except for the birds singing and insects buzzing. It is nice to see the stones that the school children painted just inside the gate, look out for them if you visit.
Read more>
Red Squirrels at Gillside Wood
Thanks to Trevor from Grasmere Red Squirrel Group, who has sent in these pictures from the camera they have trained on the squirrel feeders in our woodland at Gillside, Grasmere.
Read more about our land at Gillside Wood>
Give a Save Our Squirrels gift>
Lake District National Park installs new bike hire points
The Lake District National Park Authority has recently installed new bike hire points throughout the Lake District to make it easier than ever to get on your bike and explore the National Park. Read more>
Westmorland Dales School of Rock
Shap CE Primary School have been working with the Westmorland Dales team on the rocks element of the national curriculum and how they shape the landscape of the Westmorland Dales. What an adventure it was! We hope you enjoy this collection of images compiled to record a wonderful day...
Read more>
4th May 2022: Clag turns to sunshine at Hows Wood in Eskdale
What a difference the weather makes. We set off for our first workparty in three years in our glorious Hows Wood in Eskdale in the drizzle, mist and clag. Sometimes going over Hardknott and Wrynose we even wondered if we had followed the right road as the mist engulfed us! But then the sun shone and the Lake District really did shine and the rain drops sparkled. Read more>
Read more from the Land Manager's Diary here>

Film and Radio Club

BBC Radio 4 Positive Thinking: On Demand Public Transport
Sangita Myska asks if on-demand buses offer a passenger-friendly, cost-effective solution to isolation and transport poverty in rural Britain. On-demand buses are being piloted in rural areas across the UK. For local authorities they promise a cost-effective means of tackling rural isolation, boosting rural economies and reducing the number of cars on the roads. For passengers, on-demand buses should mean more flexibility than traditional bus timetables and routes as well as a greener and cheaper way to travel. But will technology that works well in city centres be effective across rural areas, where journey times are longer and, traditionally, the car is king? Listen now> (Requires BBC access)

BBC Countryfile: Lambing Special
Finally, BBC’s Countryfile on Sunday was a lambing special, including a farm near Appleby.
Nothing says spring quite like lambing, and Adam Henson is in his lambing shed getting ready for the last of his new arrivals. Anita Rani meets 15-year-old shepherd Katie on her family farm in Cumbria. Anita has never lambed before but soon finds herself at the sharp end of an emotional rollercoaster in the battle to save lives.
Watch now> (Requires BBC access)

Watch more films featured in Postcards: Film Club page

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Visiting the National Park

Visitors to the Lake District are being warned to “come prepared” as we head into May. The weather can be very changeable so please come prepared. It’s still wintery on the high fell tops and the lakes and tarns may look inviting but are still very cold – make sure you have the right equipment and skills you need and keep an eye on the weather.

The national park authority updates its website each day to give an indication of what areas of the park are likely to be busy and offer alternative car parking options where possible. Make sure that you park only within marked bays to ensure that emergency service vehicles can access narrow roads if required. Parking information and other information to help you plan your visit can be found here:

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