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!

We often work with partners and are grateful for their support. Past partners have included National Trust, Lake District National Park Authority, Forestry Commission.

We are also grateful to our sponsors who help make Fell Care Days happen. Fell Care sponsors in 2019 were the People's Postcode Lottery and HF Holidays.


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

Fell Care Day Statistics:

Fell Care Days 2018

Thirlmere and the Duddon Valley were the focus of our Fell Care Days in 2018.

  • 174 volunteers took part
  • 122 days' worth of work in the fells
  • 500 native trees planted
  • 11 m of dry stone wall repaired
  • 16km of upland path cleared 
  • 300 pieces of cake eaten!

Overall summary 2011-2017

Friends of the Lake District has organised 17 Fell Care Days in six years in 15 locations

  • 2011 – Helvellyn & Ennerdale
  • 2012 – Ullswater & Windermere
  • 2013 – Borrowdale & Grange over Sands
  • 2014 – Coniston & Grasmere
  • 2015 – Wasdale, Blencathra & Eden
  • 2016 – Keswick, Glenridding & Patterdale, Rusland
  • 2017 – Keswick, Grasmere & Eskdale

The 17 Fell Care Days completed so far have involved:

  • 2417 volunteers (1550 adults, 867 children and students)
  • 171 separate tasks
  • completing 1655 days’ work in the fells

Just some of the achievements to date:

  • 50,133 m2 woodland work including coppicing, clearing non-native regeneration and tree planting.
  • Over 2,000 oak, birch, hawthorn, dogwood, alder, and willow planted.
  • 326 tree cages removed.
  • Over 200m dry stone walling,
  • Over 320km of path creation and maintenance,
  • 43 Fix the Fells drain runs clearing drains.
  • 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,
  • 100m hedge laid.
  • 97 bird & bat boxes
  • 3 bridges built
  • 5500 native snowdrops & daffodils bulbs planted.
  • 1,000 hay meadow plug plants planted

And 3694 pieces of cake have been donated to fuel our volunteers!

Images from our 2017 Fell Care Day at Eskdale...

“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

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