We are privileged to have the backing of two wonderful Cumbrian-based Ambassadors promoting our Dark Skies Project. Their diverse backgrounds, skills and networks mirror well the many issues linked to the impacts of light pollution on our Dark Skies and wider environment. Their passionate statements and support will help drive positive changes to conserve and celebrate our Dark Skies. 

Terry Abraham

Award-winning and critically acclaimed filmmaker and photographer, Terry has a passion and interest for the outdoors which is second to none. After being made redundant from a lowly IT role, he chased a dream which lead him to producing and directing the BBC hits 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike' (2014), 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra' (2016) and ‘Life of a Mountain Helvellyn (Premier forthcoming). 

“In my opinion Cumbria is the most beautiful corner of England. I often say the environment shapes us and so it shouldn't come as a surprise millions of people feel inspired, spiritually uplifted and more besides when out and about amongst the fells and dales. I also often point out that the area is just as stunning at night when most are tucked up in bed! Looking up from one heaven to another, seeing the stars and Milky Way is truly humbling. It affords a profound sense of place for us all that is unfortunately all too rare an experience for many people living within urban environments.

I'm wholeheartedly supporting the Friend's role in protecting our dark skies and would passionately encourage everyone to play their part in helping to reduce the impacts of light pollution within Cumbria. After all it's just as breath-taking at night as it is during the day.” 

Amy Bray

A young conservationist, who founded environmental charity Another Way in 2019 at 17 (www.another-way.org.uk). She has delivered talks and awareness sessions to thousands of schoolchildren and adults in Cumbria and beyond, inspiring them to make behavioural changes and pledges to protect and enhance our local and global environment. 

Amy is also Ambassador for DEFRA’s Year of Plant Health 2020, part of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization initiative, with a campaign to raise awareness of how, by protecting plant health, we are protecting the benefits plants provide to all of us, to wildlife, the environment and economy.

“I am 100% behind FLD’s Dark Skies project. Reducing light pollution not only protects our amazing star filled skies, but by switching off lights when not needed we cut our consumption of electricity. Individual actions count – together let’s make a difference and be blown away by our night time environment.”