2015 has seen us continue to grow our membership. We're encouraged by this vote of confidence and thank each of you for your continued support. The achievements and outcomes in this review would not be possible without you. With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year from all at Friends of the Lake District.

We've picked out some highlights but there will be omissions. It's been a busy year!

Parks Extension:
The Government confirms both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales national parks will be extended. Read more>

Campaign news: Read more>
Our 'Say no to pylons in the Lake District' campaign has now raised over £10,000 in generous donations from supporters  opposed to the construction of giant pylons within the National Park. Your generations donations will allow us to continue the fight in 2016 to get power connections put underground.

Fell Care Days:
Impressive stats from our 2015 Fell Care Days:

A total of 291 volunteers, 43 task leaders and 13 FLD staff (total 347 people) taking part in 30 tasks and completing 1926 hours of work = 275 days fuelled by over 800 pieces of cake!

Another packed events schedule in 2015. We got to know the ponies on the Helm, walked across Morecambe Bay, joined Poet Harriet Fraser in Borrowdale, toured Gillside Woods and Little Asby and listened to Terry Abraham talk at our Kirby lecture in Ambleside.

Discover Cumbria Events: Read more>
Community Events supported by our grants scheme run in conjunction with Natural England. Longsleddale Haikus, Small Blue Butterflies, Paws in the Park, Swim the Eden, Butterflies in Burton, Tindale Past and Present, Skelton Footpath opening and many more!!

Kirkby Moor windfarm: Read more>
South Lakeland District Council’s planning committee refuse the application for repowering the Kirkby Moor windfarm.

Thirlmere fence:
With only a few weeks to go until our proofs had to be in, United Utilities (UU) withdrew from the public inquiry. We look forward to working with UU and all stakeholders to consider the issues further and how we may be able to resolve them in partnership and with less impacts on the landscape.

Cogra Moss reservoir:
We welcomed UU’s decision to keep Cogra Moss as a reservoir and will be commenting on their plans in the new year. We have suggested that we now have an opportunity to work together to secure its future in partnership those who are passionate about its future.