The iconic views of Ullswater’s western shore are open to residents and visitors once more, thanks to a Valley Planning project to clear scrub and manage trees that were increasingly obscuring the view.
Local residents identified the views along the lake shore were becoming increasingly obscured by trees, with residents and visitors unable to fully appreciate the
Since August Eden Rivers Trust apprentices and National Park rangers and volunteers have undertaken work including tree thinning, scrub clearance and control to restore views across the lake. This will also help improve safety along the A592 and have a positive effect on the lake shore, preventing scrub and woodland encroachment onto the lake’s ecology, hopefully restoring wetland flora.
Projects ranger for Lake District National Park, Dylan Jackman, said: “This has been a real success story for Valley Planning. We listened to the community and put Felling for Views into action, creating some stunning vistas from the northern section of the lake that are already benefitting visitors and residents. It’s a great start and we plan to continue working with others to reveal further view across the lake.”
Ullswater is the second largest lake in the English Lake District and is part of the River Eden and Tributaries Special Area of Conservation. The lake flows into the River Eamont, one of the major tributaries of the River Eden. The area is also designated in two Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) – the Pooley Bridge section and River Eden and tributaries.
Before and after of the views onto Ullswater, copyright Gordon Lightburn.