Free Landscape Learning for Outdoor Leaders Free Landscape Learning for Outdoor Leaders Landscape charity Friends of the Lake District has announced a packed and varied programme for its highly successful Leaders’ Landscape Training sessions for 2017. Aimed at mountain leaders and outdoor practitioners, the training is designed to expand outdoor guides’ knowledge of the variety of Cumbria’s upland ecology, and to cover the issues and pressures that outdoor users place on our landscape, wildlife and habitats. The sessions are accredited by Mountain Training Association as continuing professional development. Ruth Kirk, Friends of the Lake District programme organiser said: “We’ve got a fantastic range of sessions on offer this year including geology, red squirrel conservation and woodland management, conservation farming, and the Lake District’s bid to become a World Heritage Site. The format is a walk/talk style, enabling outdoor, experiential learning. “We know there’s a great appetite for environmental knowledge and learning among those who lead people in the outdoors, to enable them to give their clients and deeper and more meaningful experience.” The first session, on ghyll scrambling, “Esk Ghyll: Continuing the use whilst minimising the damage,” takes place on Friday 28th April in Eskdale. Places are allocated on a first-come, first served basis. Events are free to outdoor leaders and run from the end of April through to September at various locations in Cumbria. To find out more or to book a place, visit www.friendsofthelakedistrict.org.uk/leaders-landscape-training or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.