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Year of Green Action

As part of the Government's 25 Year Environment Plan, 2019 was declared a Year of Green Action.

It was all about connecting people with nature, taking positive action and improving our National Park and wider environment.  Although the year is now over, you can continue to help look after the Lake District and its wider environment. Play your part by promoting action to tackle climate change and improve our biodiversity. We all have a role to play in helping protect this special place.

Let us help you give something back to the Lake District. Take a look at the ideas below on how you can make a difference.

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Connect, protect, enhance

Connect

  • Love your Park and respect the countryside code
  • Learn about our non native species and if you spot any, make sure to report the sightings
  • When you explore the Lakes, choose our guided walks - every penny spent goes back into the Lake District
  • Inspire others to look after this special place by sharing your 'green actions' on social media using #yearofgreenaction

Protect

  • Ditch the car - walk, cycle, swim or use public transport to explore the Lakes. Take a look at how you can travel sustainably here
  • If you see any litter on your journey in the Lake District, take it with you and recycle it
  • Donate towards the National Park, and help us in our work for as little as £10
  • Buy seasonal and local fruit and vegetables to keep yourself and your carbon footprint healthy

Enhance

  • Say goodbye to single use plastics, use refillable water bottle, flask and coffee cups - all available to pick up in our Visitor Centres
  • Volunteer at one of our litter picks or beach cleans, keep an eye out here for opportunities
  • Install a bird or bat box in your garden to keep our little visitors well fed
  • Wildflowers are in decline, so plant native plants in your garden

Please download a copy of the Year of Green Action toolkit, which we hope you’ll find useful in planning your activities.

Our 2019 Lake District Year of Green Action

Learning and engagement: 

  • At our visitor centre, Brockhole, we ran a ‘Bring a waste free packed lunch’ challenge for all visiting schools.
  • We launched a Year of Green Action trail and pledge tree in the visitor centre to promote the campaign and encourage participation.
  • We supported Lorna Fisher from the Peak District National Park in her Year of Green Action cycle tour of all the UK National Parks and our Learning Coordinator supported her Lake District to Yorkshire Dales sections. 
  • Our John Muir Award Manager promoted Year of Green Action to every organisation that has used the John Muir Award over the year. 65 organisations delivered 3000 John Muir Awards.

Volunteers and guided walks:

  • On 31 August 2019 our volunteer walk leaders led four guided walks in support of a record-breaking attempt to put the most people on Lake District fell summits at the same time.
  • It was also in support of 16 year old Amy Bray, a climate change activist based in Cumbria, who launched her green charity ‘Another Way’ on the same day. The charity aims to encourage people to live sustainably and raise awareness of the current climate crisis.

Lake District National Park Authority staff:

  • For our annual staff event we held ‘’Our Day of Green Action’’. Staff were keen to talk about climate change and what we could do to help limit our impact. We invited Mike Berners-Lee, a prominent voice in climate change, to speak to us and spent the morning considering how we could make a difference, both as an Authority and within the Park. This was facilitated by the management team. In the afternoon we spent time doing activities which mixed people from all over the organisation and gave them the opportunity to spend time together.
  • We promoted actions and ideas for Year of Green Action through our digital advertising screens at our head office and four visitor centres, encouraging people to visit our web page and add their pledge to take a green action.

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