The Great Outdoors Awards 2018 We’re delighted to announce that following a nomination in 2017, Friends of the Lake District has once again been nominated in the category of ‘Campaigner of the Year’ in The Great Outdoors Awards 2018. Nominations for these awards come from readers of The Great Outdoors magazine and from the hillwalking public. Public voting is now open so please feel free to share the news with contacts and social media followers as we need your votes to win! (page sharing links available at bottom of the page) Campaigning in 2018... Thirlmere Activity Hub campaign We ran a major campaign in opposition of a proposal for an activity hub sited at Thirmere. The planning application was ultimately withdrawn. Our nomination as 'Campaigner of the Year' is a credit to every individual who took the time to write to the planning authority with objections to the 'Thirlmere Activity Hub' planning application and to all of those who supported our campaign with donations and promotion of our concerns. More information on our 'Thirlmere Activity Hub' campaign is available here. Why Landscapes Matter campaign We also continue to campaign on behalf of the landscape of the Lake District and Cumbria. Our 'Why Landscapes Matter' campaign continues to inform, educate and provide opportunities for all to connect with the landscape. Our Great Landscapes Week held in August offered opportunities for members of the public to connect with the landscape and increase physical, spiritual and mental well-being with a week long schedule of free events. More information about the campaign is available here. Voting closes on 31 October so please take the time to submit a vote for Friends of the Lake District and help to support us in our ongoing work to protect and enhance the landscapes of Cumbria and the Lake District.