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

Job opportunity - Director
Do you have a strong commitment to the ethos of Friends of the Lake District, to conserve and enhance the landscape of the Lake District and Cumbria? If so, we would like to hear from you as we are seeking to appoint a Director who has outstanding ability in this field of work.
volunteers-with-grasmere-lake-rubbish-th Volunteers collect 80 bags of lake shore rubbish
30 dedicated volunteers braved the pouring rain to collect 80 bags of rubbish from the shores of Rydal Water, Grasmere and Elterwater on Saturday.
Killington Wind Farm to go to Public Inquiry
We are delighted that Killington Wind Farm application that was approved in January has been 'called in', and will now go to a public inquiry.
Sainsburys Supermarket Ambleside planning application
Friends of the Lake District has responded to an application to build a Sainsburys Supermarket at the Hayes Garden World site in Ambleside.
hedgelaying th 2014 Hedge Laying Competition results
Our 36th hedge laying competition took place on Saturday, when 15 competitors laid 130 metres of hedge in the Lancashire and Westmorland style.
grange-fell-care-day-2-th More than 150 volunteers give nature a home at Grange over Sands Fell Care Day
Our conservation day in Morecambe Bay saw 157 volunteers take part in practical work to help wildlife in Grange-over-Sands.
Defra Biodiversity Offsetting Green Paper Consultation – response
Our response to the Government proposal to allow 'biodiversity offsetting' to developers wanting to build in areas of significant natural habitat.
 windermere-boats-landscape-th Read our Secret Windermere final report
Our 'Secret Windermere' project - exploring and celebrating the quieter, less well known treasures of Windermere and its surroundings.
New pocket guides make local planning accessible
CPRE's guides to lead you through the planning labyrinth. Available free from libraries in Cumbria, or view them online here.

Upcoming Events

Sat 5 Apr Conservation Day Grasmere, Rydal and Elterwater litter pick

Wed 9 Apr Conservation Day tree maintenance, Sweden Wood

Thurs 17 Apr Conservation Day Walling, the Helm

Wed 23 Apr
Conservation Day Walling, Mazonwath, Little Asby

Mon 28 Apr Conservation Day fence removal, Gillside Woodland

For more events click here

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 2014 volunteer leaflet with conservation work party dates is online now. See What's On for details.

pdf-iconDownload our 2014 Volunteer Leaflet

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

More than 500 people converged on Windermere on Saturday (March 2) for what was probably the biggest freshwater debris dive in the world.


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