Tourism and conservation working in partnership.

21 years in 21 days: Day 14 - 2007

In 2007 we celebrated raising more than £1 million to help protect the Lake District and other parts of Cumbria for future generations.

Partnership Manager Claire Stott, who organised a party on 21st April 2007 to mark the £1 million achievement, said:

“This is fantastic news for the Lake District and a testament to how much our members care about protecting its future. We are blessed with some of the most spectacular scenery in Britain and we feel it is our duty to care for it.”

The million pounds helped to support well over 200 schemes since 1993. One such project was the repair of the path up to the much-loved Old Man of Coniston.  

Before work began, the path was up to 10 metres wide in parts.  Now thanks to the two footpath repair staff funded by the Partnership it has been narrowed and the surface improved to encourage walkers to stay on it rather than trampling on fragile vegetation growing at the side of the path.

Similar work has also been undertaken at Wansfell Pike near Ambleside, Park-a-Moor in Grizedale, Pike-o-Stickle in Langdale and Silver Howe in Grasmere.

A key project we were involved in at this time was Wild Ennerdale, which aims "to allow the evolution of Ennerdale as a wild valley for the benefit of people relying more on natural processes to shape its landscape and ecology."  Work included planting 5000 Juniper and 10,000 birch seeds.

It looks like the celebratory ceilidh was a success too...