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Annual General Meeting 2020 Report

Our thanks to the members who attended our remote AGM on Friday 11th September. It was a smaller AGM than usual, due to COVID-19 restrictions, but we hope to return to a larger face-to-face event in 2021.


Author: Dawn Groundsell

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.


Author: Chris James

Why become a member?

Love the Lake District? Become a member of Friends of the Lake District and join thousands of like minded people in caring for this unique landscape.


Author: Sophie Hodge

Latest News

  • Westmorland Dales Autumn 2020 Newsletter

    Autumn dominates this edition. An image of Mallerstang Edge and Wild Boar Fell in November light heads up this edition and a school arts project celebrates the Westmorland Dales using natural materials to create amazing art pieces full of autumn colour. Read more

  • A Postcard from the Lakes 20th November

    Primary school pupils help plant trees in Threlkeld, Dark Skies Virtual Talk returns, Life of a Mountain Auction, Un-managing the Land: Sheep make way for trees in Cumbria's uplands, vote for your favourite park and of course our Film and Radio Club. Read more

  • Celebrating Natural and Cultural Heritage Through Land Art

    This autumn children in the Westmorland Dales have been exploring the landscape through land art. We are working with Kirkby Stephen Community Arts and land artists ‘Stomping Ground’ and 6 local primary schools using Land Art creations to celebrate local landmarks and nature. Read more

  • Dark Skies and Tourism Business Recovery

    Covid has impacted on all our lives. Cancelled holidays and freedom of movement restrictions have had a devastating impact on our tourism businesses. We think Dark Skies Tourism could help. Read more

What's on

  • Dark Skies Virtual Talk

    Learn about the value of Dark Skies, the growing issues of the impacts of light pollution on wildlife, people and the environment, and what we’re doing to help tackle the issue. 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