We are privileged to have the backing of three 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.” 

Neil Hudson

MP for Penrith and The Border, FRCVS Neil Hudson is the Conservative MP for Penrith and The Border and a Member of the important Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs Parliamentary Committee. Neil is a Veterinary Surgeon with specialised training and experience in Equine Medicine and prior to his election to Parliament was a Senior Veterinary Clinical Lecturer at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Neil graduated from the University of Cambridge Veterinary School and has worked in large and small animal practice in the UK and Australia. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Over the years he performed in four Edinburgh Fringe Festival shows and at University was part of the Cambridge Footlights.

“Here in Cumbria and elsewhere in the North of England we have the biggest Dark Skies resource left in the country. My own Penrith and The Border constituency, covering the beautiful landscapes of the Lake District, North Pennines and Westmorland Dales, represents one of the best places to enjoy unspoilt, star-laden night skies.

I’m fully behind the Cumbria Dark Skies Project. For everyone, it’s a win-win. Switching off or reducing the intensity of lighting helps save electricity and contributes to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. Preventing light pollution protects valuable wildlife, such as vital nocturnal insect pollinators and light-sensitive, roosting bat species.  This supports our important efforts to increase biodiversity. Projecting forward to kick starting our economy, there’s no doubt enjoying our Dark Skies or ‘Astro-Tourism’, will be a core offer for visitors seeking out Cumbria for their holiday destinations. Immersing yourself in a starry night is awe-inspiring and a free display! I very much look forward to us all collectively celebrating our Dark Skies and reducing the impacts of light pollution.”