Fell Care Days are mass-volunteering practical conservation and learning events which bring together local communities, schools and volunteers from many different walks of life. They focus on reconnecting people with the landscape by raising awareness of the immense value of uplands in providing diverse and unique habitats; food and fuel; clean water; flood control; jobs; locking up carbon in peat soils; opportunities for recreation and improving our health and well-being to name but a few. The days are filled with a sense of shared purpose, fun, camaraderie and most importantly, lots of cake to help fuel volunteers through their tasks!

Videos of some of the activities undertaken at our Fell Care Events

FELL CARE DAYS 2017:

Fell Care Day Statistics:

Overall summary 2011-2016

Friends of the Lake District has organised 14 Fell Care Days in six years in 13 locations

  • 2011 – Helvellyn & Ennerdale
  • 2012 – Ullswater & Windermere
  • 2013 – Borrowdale & Grange over Sands
  • 2014 – Coniston & Grasmere
  • 2015 – Wasdale, Blencathra & Eden
  • 2016 – Keswick, Glenridding & Patterdale, Rusland

The 14 Fell Care Days completed so far have involved:

  • 2171 volunteers (1350 adults, 821 children and students)
  • 146 separate tasks
  • completing 1472 days’ work in the fells

Work has included:

  • 50,133 m2 woodland work including coppicing, clearing non-native regeneration and tree planting.
  • 746 oak, birch, hawthorn, dogwood, alder ,willow planted.
  • 326 tree cages removed.
  • 5m dry stone walling,
  • 1201m path creation and maintenance,
  • 34 Fix the Fells drain runs clearing drains on 194.5km of high fells footpaths
  • red grouse, red squirrel, fungi, dormouse surveys, invertebrate and river surveys
  • invasive rhododendron clearance,
  • willow wildlife hide building (x3),
  • 16 litter picks – 7 canoeing, 1 diving and 8 shore based,
  • 70m hedge laid.
  • 97 bird & bat boxes
  • 3 bridges built
  • 5500 native snowdrops & daffodils bulbs planted.
  • 1,000 hay meadow plug plants planted

And 3294 pieces of cake have been donated to fuel our volunteers!

Images from our 2016 Fell Care Day at Glenridding and Patterdale...

“Hard work, amazing views, warm, kind people, fixing the fells and cakes!  What more could you ask for, an amazing day. I will definitely be coming again.”

Rachel Brine, Marketing Manager’ Equip Outdoor Technologies UK Ltd

“I really enjoyed it. It was an excellent experience and I’m sure everyone else would agree. It also felt good to know we were giving something back to the local community as well as the countryside.”

Kiran Burgul, Public Service Student, Lakes College West Cumbria


For further information about Fell Care Days, please contact [email protected]