Friends of the Lake District successfully campaigned in the 1980s to stop plans to increase the water levels at Wasdale and Ennerdale in order to provide water for the nuclear powerstation at Sellafield. Through our work, two of the most iconic landscapes in the country have been protected from irreversible developments, and the many plants and animals that rely on these places for their home preserved.

With nuclear power production in the north west being set to increase, the challenge remains to ensure that this industry is able to operate in a way that is not detrimental to our most nationally important landscapes.