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

 chris-smith-th Lord Chris Smith to speak at our Annual Fundraising Lecture
'The Lake District: Where Cultural Heritage and the Natural Environment Meet' is the theme of a talk by Lord Chris Smith, for our annual Kirby Lecture.
jack--steve-bike-th Jack's 80th Challenge Success - Land's End to John 0'Groats bike ride raises £6,500
Our former Policy Officer Jack Ellerby and friend Steve Gaskell have succeeding in cycling over 1000 miles to raise more than £6,500 for charity.
Friends welcomes public consultation on routing options for Cumbrian electricity cables upgrade project
National Grid has published its preferred options for routing new power cables from west Cumbria into the grid, and the public consultation opened on 4 September, and runs until December. Read more
White Moss Common Development
We have objected to an application for a café and building on White Moss Common between Rydal and Grasmere. This lovely wooded area is classed as Common Land which by law is not supposed to be built on.
Government response on Geological Disposal published
The long awaited White Paper on "Implementing Geological Disposal" has just been published by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC). Download it here. We will be looking at this closely before making any comment on it.
 martin holdgate th Sir Martin Holdgate – Our New President
Environmental scientist and international conservationist Sir Martin Holdgate, is our new President.
jack--steve-bike-th Sponsor Jack's 80th Challenge – Land's End to John 0'Groats bike ride (Cumbria leg)
Our Policy Officer Jack Ellerby and his friend Steve Gaskell will be cycling over 1000 miles from Land's End to John O'Groats between 25 July and 10 Aug.


Jean's 80 Mile Walk for the Friends' 80th Anniversary - Ravenstonedale to Ravenglass
Our dedicated volunteer Jean Savage is walking 80 miles across Cumbria through all our land, to mark our 80th anniversary and raise money for our work.

We are delighted that Eden District Council has agreed to register Blencathra as a community asset, a move which we fully support. We very much hope that a way can be found which would secure the mountain for the community via the Friends of Blencathra. Read more.

Banks Renewables withdraws Killington Wind Farm Application
The wind farm developer has withdrawn from the planned public inquiry concerning its application for three wind turbines at Killington. This means that the public inquiry, planned for September, will no longer go ahead.

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A Friends of the Lake District grant has helped restore a 300 year old Potash Kiln at Stockdale, in the Longsleddale valley.

Upcoming Events 

Wed 24 Sept Conservation Day General work party, High Borrowdale

Mon 29 Sept Conservation Day Tree maintenance, Sweden Wood - This work party has been CANCELLED - it will be rearranged for later in the year.

Wed 1 Oct Conservation Day Walling, Mazonwath, Little Asby

Thurs 2 Oct Kirby Lecture, Grasmere Village Hall, 7:30pm 

Chris Smith, fomer Environment Secretary - 'The Lake District: Where Cultural Heritage and the Natural Environment meet'.
We are honoured to welcome the Rt Hon. Lord Smith of Finsbury to this year's event. Chris will be talking about the environmental challenges we face today, especially in the Lake District and link this with the literary heritage of the area. £10 per person including welcome drink and nibbles (suitable for vegetarians). For further details click here. To book on-line click here.

Wed 15 Oct
Conservation Day Tree maintenance, Hows Wood

Wed 15 Oct Coniston Fell Care Day
There'll be lots of brilliant activites and tasks to get involved with. It's fun, it's friendly and there's the added benefit that your doing something great for our amazing uplands! Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to register your interest in getting involved.

Thu 23 Oct Conservation Day Walling, the Helm

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. 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

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