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Annual General Meeting 2020

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty on gatherings, the Trustees have postponed our AGM until Friday 11th September. It is likely be an internet based ‘remote’ event without our usual additional activities.


Author: Chris James

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

  • Light Pollution impacts on vital Insect Pollination

    Our ecosystems are being harmed by growing light pollution. Wasting light energy when not needed increases greenhouse gas emissions, adding to climate threats to key habitats, and also directly affects many species’ sleeping, foraging and breeding behaviours. Read more

  • Rubbish volunteers needed for The Great Cumbrian Litter Pick

    As visitors have returned to Cumbria post-lockdown, a minority of people ‘trashing’ the countryside are causing much concern. So we are joining forces with the National Park to host The Great Cumbrian Litter Pick 15th-16th August. Read more

  • A Film Guide to the Wildflowers of the Westmorland Dales

    The Westmorland Dales and Cumbria Wildlife Trust teams have joined up with local photographer and filmmaker Jon Chappell to produce a series of short films designed to help you identify the most common meadow wildflowers. Read more

  • Thank you to our balsam bashing volunteers!

    A huge thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who joined us and South Cumbria Rivers Trust to 'pull together' in the totally tropical heat at Rydal on Friday 31 July for a second go at bashing the Himalayan balsam. Read more

What's on

  • The Great Cumbrian Litter Pick 2020

    Bringing Cumbrian communities together to clean up our glorious county on Sat 15th & Sun 16th August 2020. This is your chance show the rest of the country what our collective, community effort for Cumbria can achieve and how proud we are of our County. 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