Glenridding Common: 15 December 2017
The John Muir Trust and the Lake District National Park Authority have completed the formalities and signed an agreement to transfer the management of Glenridding Common – which includes England’s third highest mountain, Helvellyn – initially on a three-year lease.
Andrew Bachell Chief Executive for the John Muir Trust said: “The consultation revealed overwhelming support for the Trust to manage this special landscape. It also allowed us to begin an open and constructive dialogue with people whose livelihoods are connected with this landscape
“We’ve made it clear that we’re here to work with the local community, bringing to bear the expertise we’ve accumulated over thirty years of managing iconic upland areas in Scotland. We take seriously the responsibility of managing this special landscape and respecting its cultural traditions.”
Richard Leafe, Chief Executive for the Lake District National Park Authority, said: “We are delighted to welcome the John Muir Trust to Glenridding Common. The Lake District National Park has a long-standing relationship with the Trust, having supported its delivery of more than 18,000 John Muir Awards in Cumbria, connecting thousands of young people with wild spaces across the National Park. We are confident that their management plan and aspirations will enhance and improve the quality of the land, creating long-term benefits for everyone who farms and enjoys the common.”
Read the press release in full on the John Muir Trust website
More information on the Glenridding Common consultation
Previous statement: 22 June 2017
Statement from Richard Leafe, Chief Executive, Lake District National Park:
“At the Lake District National Park’s Authority meeting on 21 June 2017, Members agreed to lease Glenridding Common to the charity the John Muir Trust. This follows a period of consultation earlier this year, which gave the community and key stakeholders an opportunity to understand more about the proposal.
During this period we continued our discussions with the two commoners who graze the land and representatives from the farming community made useful contributions towards the content of the draft lease.
We will now formalise a three-year lease and we are aiming for this to be in place from August 2017.
The John Muir Trust and the National Park are jointly committed to caring for the common, including working with the local community, and we look forward to seeing how the Trust’s management will enhance and improve the environmental quality of this land.”
Update 22 June 2017: more information on the Glenridding Common consultation