Welcome to the Friends of The Lake District website

We are Friends of the Lake District - the only charity wholly dedicated to protecting Cumbria's landscape for the future.

Latest News

Landscapes for everyone: creating a better future
We are attending the launch in Parliament today of CPRE's 'Landscapes for Everyone' vision where we will meet MPs and discuss the importance of Cumbria's landscape for both people and the natural environment.
Help us fight Fencing Proposals at Thirlmere
The Lake District needs your help once more! We are asking you to take action by objecting at 9.6km fence proposed on the fells south west of Thirlmere.
hedgelaying th 2 Hedge layers to compete at Grayrigg in our Annual Hedge Laying competition
Professional and amateur hedge layers will show off their skills at our Annual Hedgelaying Competition and skills demonstration on Saturday 24th January.
bee-hotel Give a piece of the Lake District this year!
Our newest landscape gift is a Bee Hotel. Give a bee B&B to help wild flowers and plants. You can also help a haymeadow, plant a native tree, rebuild a dry stone wall, or repair an eroded footpath.
pylon in foreground coastal plain National Grid upgrade consultation ends
Read our response to National Grid's consultation here. Thanks to everyone who took the time to write to National Grid, and to donate to our campaign.
axe-fix-the-fells-work-party-tongue-gill-th Volunteers descend on Grasmere for the latest Fell Care Day volunteer event
Grasmere Fell Care Day took place yesterday (Wed 26 Nov), and proved a great success, including a visit from the Government's Forestry Minister.
White Moss Common Visitor Centre application turned down
We are very pleased that the Lake District National Park planning committee has refused an application for a visitor centre and café at White Moss Common near Grasmere today.
friends-ale-th Cheers! Happy 80th Birthday to us!
It's traditional to raise a glass to celebrate a birthday and we are doing it in style by celebrating our 80th Birthday with our very own Friends' Ale.
Government response on Geological Disposal published
The long awaited White Paper on "Implementing Geological Disposal" has just been published by the Government. Download it here. We will be looking at this closely before making any comment on it.

We are delighted that Eden District Council has registered Blencathra as a community asset. We very much hope that the mountain can be secured for the community via the Friends of Blencathra. Read more.

Upcoming Events

Wed 14 Jan Conservation Day Walling Mazonwath

Wed 21 Jan Conservation Day General workparty, High Borrowdale

Sat 24 Jan Friends of the Lake District Annual Hedging competition
At Sunny Bank Farm, Grayrigg. Free entry. Come and watch professional and amateur hedge layers competing for the best layed hedge. Competitors and spectators free! Contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 01539 720788 to register to compete. Download the poster.

Sat 31 Jan Conservation Day Gorse control, the Helm

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If you would like to find out more about our activities or take part, please contact us, call 01539 720788 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Our 2015 volunteer leaflet with conservation work party dates is online. See What's On for details.

pdf-iconDownload our 2015 Volunteer Leaflet

Windermere Debris Dive pulls a shipping container of rubbish from lake Windermere
Monday, 04 March 2013 12:36

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