On Saturday 5th December, Storm Desmond battered our beautiful county. For a full 24 hours the Lake District and Cumbria were pounded by a record-breaking 14 inches of rain and gale-force winds. The impacts were devastating: over 5,000 homes flooded; over 40,000 homes without power; roads and bridges destroyed. The list goes on. Cumbrian residents and business owners who have been flooded will be dealing with the consequences for many months to come.

As well as being a tragedy for countless individuals and communities affected by flooding, Storm Desmond, and subsequent storms that pounded our county were a tragedy for the landscapes of Cumbria. It will be some time before we can get a true picture of the damage done, but already we are beginning to comprehend the catastrophic affects. So far the Lake District National Park has identified 144 Public Rights of Way and bridges that have been damaged and this number will certainly rise as there are still another 384 Public Rights of Way and bridges waiting to be surveyed. This is of course just a small part of the damage done to our landscape: dry stone walls have been washed away or knocked down to allow flood water to escape; veteran trees have been plucked from the ground and landslides have obliterated fell-sides and watercourses.

Over the next few months we will be working with the National Parks, local and county councils, farmers’ groups and local communities to begin to restore this beautiful county piece by piece. We have set up a Lake District Landscape Flood Appeal for those who want to contribute to fixing Cumbria’s landscapes and to help adapt this fragile terrain to better withstand future weather events. Our fund will enable vital restoration and resilience work to take place.

The time has come to start rebuilding. Please consider making a donation to help fix the Lake District’s stunning landscapes.

Thank you! 

If you would rather donate to the appeal via cheque, please make your cheque payable to 'Friends of the Lake District' and write 'Lake District Landscape Flood Appeal' on the reverse of the cheque. Cheques should then be posted to: Friends of the Lake District, Murley Moss, Oxenholme Road, Kendal, LA9 7SS.

Alternatively, donations can be made over the phone by calling 01539 720788.

Landscape Flood Appeal funds used to replace bridge: Monday 13th June 2016

Barbon Beck Bridge

The former bridge over this beck was seriously damaged by Storm Desmond in December 2015. The bridge was damaged beyond economic repair and thus a full replacement was required at this popular crossing. 


 
The new bridge (below) was installed by Cumbria County Council, in June 2016 and funded by our 'Landscape Flood Appeal'. Thanks to the generosity of our members and supporters, the appeal has now raised over £60,000. To find out more about the appeal and how you can contribute, visit the Landscape Flood Appeal page on our website.
 

Over the next few months we will be working with the National Parks, local and county councils, farmers’ groups and local communities to begin to restore this beautiful county piece by piece. We have set up a Lake District Landscape Flood Appeal for those who want to contribute to fixing Cumbria’s landscapes and to help adapt this fragile terrain to better withstand future weather events. Our fund will enable vital restoration and resilience work to take place.

Two of our staff members, Laura and Emily, at the Keswick cycle bridge at our Blencathra Fell Care Day in 2015

The same bridge after the devastating floods. Photo by Charlene Bell www.beyond-imagination.co.uk.

The A591 Keswick to Kendal road

The Pooley Bridge collapsed at Ullswater. Photo by Mat Hardcastle https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/mathew-hardcastle