Landowners in the Lake District are being given the chance to ‘volunteer’ for free conservation work on their property as part of a scheme to help improve water quality in England’s largest lake.
Windermere Reflections, the Heritage Lottery funded partnership programme, has 19 projects to help restore water quality in Windermere and raise awareness of the issues affecting the lake. Some of these projects involve peat soil stabilisation, river restoration and woodland planting.
The project team are now looking for sites within the Windermere catchment area – which includes the Langdales, Grasmere, Rydal, Ambleside, Windermere, Hawkshead, Elterwater, Esthwaite, Lakeside and the lake itself – suitable for this conservation work
“If you are a landowner with land inside the Windermere catchment and you are interested in expanding or creating woodlands, planting along river banks or helping us restore a section of river to its more natural state, please get in touch for further information,” said Windermere Reflections Project Officer Amanda Hancock.
“The programme runs until 2014 and so any work will be planned to start as soon as possible. We also aim to raise awareness of the environmental issues being addressed with other landowners and the public, so we are also looking for sites where we can work with volunteers, and interpretation materials might be installed to explain the work that has taken place,” she added.
Key elements of the work include:
Anyone wanting more information can contact Amanda on 01539 434401 or on email@example.com