Cumbria has taken a battering from the weather. Some areas have been particularly badly hit, including around Ullswater, so we have launched an appeal for funds to help repair the natural environment.
The severity of the flooding in the Ullswater and other areas has been really shocking and the full extent of the environmental impact of Storm Desmond has yet to be assessed. It is likely that footpaths and walls have been washed away, ground severely eroded, habitats destroyed, and water quality affected. By launching the Ullswater Environment Recovery Fund in partnership with the Ullswater Association we will be able to support some of the work which will be needed in the longer term to repair this damage. The Ullswater economy is highly dependent on tourism so it is important that the natural environment and access to it is restored to ensure that visitors keep coming here and the visitor economy can thrive again.
Sue Wallace, Chair of Ullswater Association and owner of local company, Reach Beyond Adventure, says: ‘Lots of people who really love Ullswater and have seen the pictures of the floods, such as the Pooley Bridge collapsing, have asked how they can donate money to help restore the area. Howtown, Glenridding, Patterdale, Pooley Bridge, Watermillock and the surrounding areas have all been affected. But it has been a real boost to know that people care so much. And it is great that Nurture Lakeland have set up this new appeal.’
Rachel Bell, Marketing Manager, Ullswater Steamers, says: ‘Ullswater is one of the most beautiful Lakes in the Lake District. People come here for the tranquillity and the lakeside landscapes and to cruise the water and walk so we need to ensure funding is available to repair footpaths and restore access to this spectacular place.’
Businesses in the area are encouraging visitors to show their support by continuing to visit and are using social media to share details of the businesses that are open or due to reopen soon. Visitors can check the situation via @ullswater_info on Twitter.