Pictured: 2 hour Pastel Drawing Masterclass with Emma Hunt 1:30pm - Book your places at the link 

Landscape charity Friends of the Lake District is inviting people to attend the grand opening of its newest and most northerly piece of land, Dam Mire Wood in Threlkeld near Keswick on Friday 29th April.

Filmmaker Terry Abraham and Threlkeld schoolchildren will cut the ribbon and declare the woodland open at 10am. The grand opening marks the end of access work carried out by Friends of the Lake District to provide the public with a safe route onto the land.

A bridge has been built spanning Kilnhow Beck and a surfaced pathway installed by Friends of the Lake District to allow people to freely access and explore Dam Mire Wood.

Jan Darrall, Land Manager at Friends of the Lake District:

“We’re delighted to be able to provide access to this area of land for everybody to enjoy and to be able to invite people along to celebrate the opening after lots of hard word over the winter months.

“There will be a range of free activities taking place on the day. You can limber up with a bit of outdoor Yoga (free but pre-booking required), listen to a talk on plans for Dam Mire, a talk on its geology, take a history walk around the area with local historian Donald Angus or just come along for a cup of tea, a piece of cake and a stroll, everyone is welcome.

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“We’re also running a masterclass in Pastel Drawing with Emma Hunt and Willow Weaving with Lorna Singleton on the day. Places are limited and there is a charge for the masterclasses so you’ll need to be quick and sign up for these in advance via our website.”

Pictured: Pastel drawing by Emma Hunt

Dam Mire Wood is a two hectare piece of land gifted to Friends of the Lake District by member and local resident Prof Mike Hambrey. The charity was one of the handful of charities to benefit from money gifted to the 'Friends of Blencathra' following the unsuccessful attempt to buy the mountain and it has part-funded the access work with that legacy money and put the generous donations to work in the shadow of Blencathra. 

For more information about the day, times, activities, location and travel advice, visit: www.friendsofthelakedistrict.org.uk/dammire