"This is one of the finest landscapes on the planet. It should be cherished and nurtured, not used as a convenient shortcut for business interests". Bill Bryson, author and patron of Friends of the Lake District." Statement made in support of our pylon campaign.

Friends of the Lake District has a long and successful history of challenging inappropriate developments in the stunning landscapes of the Lake District and Cumbria through our high profile campaigns and our expertise in planning work.

In the last year alone we have campaigned against the largest energy development proposal in Europe; leading to National Grid changing their plans to place 24km of 47 metre high pylons in the Lake District National Park. This was a remarkable success but our work on this campaign will continue as we seek to protect the ‘setting’ of the National Park as well as the National Park itself. We are campaigning against National Grid’s plans to place pylons within 10 metres of the national park boundary and in the beautiful surroundings of the Duddon Estuary (see inside Conserving Lakeland for more details).

We have also worked on a major planning application by United Utilities who are soon to build a new underground pipeline through the middle of the Lake District to provide a water supply from Thirlmere to the west of Cumbria. We    are holding United Utilities to account that they will fully restore the landscape after this vital work takes place.

Our other successes include protecting the beautiful countryside between Grasmere and Rydal Water from an inappropriate new visitor centre; shaping planning policy through influencing local development plans and preventing a number of unsuitable building developments where we felt the landscape damage was too high.

In one year we have seen off many threats to the Lake District but we know that there are many more to come. In 2017 there will be more demands on our landscape from the energy, water, transport and commercial sectors.

Our planning and campaigning work in 2017 will be vital to ensuring that those responsible are held to account and made aware of our responsibility to cherish and nurture the Lake District and Cumbria.

Please give to our 2017 campaigning and planning fund as we continue to protect one of the finest landscapes on the planet.

Thank you,