We work to sustain the rich, diverse, living pattern of landscape, wildlife and culture that makes Cumbria and the Lake District unique

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We are an independent charity and the only membership organisation dedicated to protecting and enhancing Cumbria's landscapes for future generations


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A Postcard from the Lakes

We’re replacing our monthly e-newsletter with this weekly update to share ideas and to help keep you connected with the countryside, and keep you occupied at home in these challenging times.


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Love the Lake District? Become a member of Friends of the Lake District and join thousands of people enjoying and protecting it.


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Latest News

  • Volunteers Plant 200 Trees at High Borrowdale

    It was a positive day, not only due to the energy of the volunteers but as tree planting is about looking forward, creating new things. This is the start of a busy few months for us on our land at High Borrowdale with two exciting new projects getting underway. Read more

  • A Postcard from the Lakes 21st January 2022

    This week sees the release of the Government’s response to The Glover Review of Protected Landscapes, build up to the February Dark Skies Festival and a bumper year of volunteering opportunities scheduled on our land. Read more

  • Join a Tree Planting Day at High Borrowdale

    We're looking for volunteers to help us on a tree planting day at High Borrowdale on Monday 24th January. We need people to help us to plant a variety of native trees on the property as well as staking and tubing each sapling to give them the best chance to thrive. Read more

  • Aglionby Village - Habitat Restoration Project

    Headed up by Wetheral Parish Council, village residents in Aglionby created a working group to improve a small area of the village. The initial hope was to include village residents young and old in transforming a small village pond and the surrounding area of land. Read more

What's on

  • Wednesday 2nd February: Rusland Woods

    Tree tubing, coppicing at Rusland Woods Read more

  • Monday 7th February: Greenbank Wood

    Woodland maintenance – Tree staking, path clearance, branch lopping and coppicing Read more

  • Wednesday 9th February: High Borrowdale, Tree and Hedge Planting

    Tree and hedge planting at High Borrowdale Read more

  • Alien Worlds: Exoplanets!

    What do we know about rocky planets outside our own solar system? How do we find planets? How certain are we of their properties? Are they similar to planets in our own solar system? Have we found any like Earth yet? What are the prospects for life elsewhere in the galaxy? Read more

Projects and Campaigns

  • The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme

    The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme aims to unlock and reveal the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales, enabling more people to connect with, enjoy and benefit from this inspirational landscape. Read more

  • Dark Skies Cumbria

    Find out more about our project to get the Lake District recognised Dark Sky status - and how you can take part. Photo: Ben Bush Read more

  • Southern Boundary Extension

    A proposal to Extend the Boundary of the Lake District National Park between Grange-over-Sands and the Irish Sea Coast at Silecroft to Provide Statutory Protection to a High Quality Landscape Read more