Tourism and conservation working in partnership.

Local fundraisers help children get closer to nature

It's always lovely to hear about the impact of our fundraising, and the stories from Cumbria Outdoors never fail to delight us!

The John Muir Award encourages people of all backgrounds to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places. It encourages awareness and responsibility for the natural environment, in a spirit of fun, adventure and exploration.

Cumbria Outdoors support young people aged 7-19 to take part in the John Muir Award and encourage them to get involved hands-on activities such as footpath maintenance, woodland management or non-native invasive species control. 

The project is a fantastic example of partnership working, with the Forestry Commission, National Trust and West Cumbria Rivers Trust all being involved.

The generous donations from visitors to the Lake District and Cumbria, raised with help of local businesses, are used to help people get involved who would not ordinarily have the opportunity to do so.

Over the last year alone from spring 2015 to spring 2016, Cumbria Outdoors have helped 102 pupils to get closer to Nature.

Last year was particularly special; in November 2015 children from St Oswald’s Primary School, Burneside, Kendal, were delighted to be named the group with the 10,000th John Muir Award recipient, and marked their achievements with a special presentation.

The pupils achieved some amazing conservation work, including;

  • Planting deciduous trees after the removal of the evergreens,
  • Removal of the invasive Himalayan balsam – helping re-bank the river and direct the flow,
  • Opening up grazing areas to ‘re-wild’ the landscape

One pupil produced this amazing piece called “A lake and mountain view”.

The project is looking forward to another successful year and already has two local schools booked onto the programme.

Last year, with the help of Waterhead Hotel and Elterwater Hostel we raised over £900 for Cumbria Outdoors. The funds were used provide a £10 subsidy per pupil, allowing 90 children to take part that might otherwise have not been able to access this fantastic experience.

If you would like to help fundraise for this project in your business, please get in touch.