Illustration for climate action and recovery

Our collective draft actions

This is a joint Management Plan for the Lake District - a National Park and World Heritage Site. This consultation draft is the result of a shared endeavour by Partnership members to engage and prepare this draft Plan over the past 18 months with a wide group of people and organisations.

There are actions to deliver the strategies. For example, to continue to conserve and enhance the Historic Environment a dedicated Historic Environment Sub Group has been created which is focussed on delivering specific work streams and the Lake District’s Historic Environment Strategy.

We have developed a list of actions which address the key challenges (see below) facing the Lake District. These same actions will also contribute to delivering the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

We recognise that local action is also already happening, and is critical to achieving progress to address these key challenges and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals too.

We will continue to develop the actions and seek the resources to deliver this Plan over the coming years.

We have undertaken extensive engagement in preparing this draft and now we would like to consult with you to hear your views and ideas on how you can support the delivery of the Plan to help to improve the Lake District over the next five years?

Key to the actions in the Plan

Each of the actions below has a letter code and a number. The letters relate to the key challenge and the number is the numbered action on that key challenge page.

VCPE = Vibrant communities and prosperous economy following COVID-19
CA = Climate action
FFNC = Future of farming and foresty, nature recovery and climate change
LD4E = Lake District for everyone
STT = Sustainable travel and transport

1. No poverty

No povertyVCPE 01: Lobby Homes England to make the social rent funding available for all relevant housing schemes throughout the Lake District not just South Lakeland by 2022.

VCPE 12: Continue to support the multi-agency response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

VCPE 17: To maximise the opportunities presented by the Project Gigabit Cumbria pilot project to connect superfast broadband in hard to reach premises in the Lake District.

VCPE 21: Develop a training programme for communities to reskill and/or retrain to help build a climate resilient Lake District, including platforms for local community groups to share best practise.

VCPE 22: Support communities at very high/extreme vulnerability to the impacts of climate change to create Community Emergency Plans to prepare for extreme weather events or Plans to adapt and increased resilience.

2. Zero hunger

Zero hungerFFNC 3: Develop and deliver a coordinated Partnership transition support programme starting in 2021 to enable business adaptation and take up of the options within the Government’s Agricultural Transition Plan 2021-2024, including access to integrated business and environmental advice for skills and knowledge development.

FFNC 13: Work with farmers and land managers to take up Agricultural Transition Plan schemes, including Environmental Land Management and Protected Landscapes schemes through the transition period 2021 – 2028.

FFNC 14: Secure relevant opportunities by 2022 for farming, forestry and land management businesses to access advice and funding that transforms businesses to remain or become profitable and resilient to economic shocks and climate change.

FFNC 16: As part of our farm business and land management advice we will develop support for farmers and land managers on climate adaptation. This could include advice on natural flood management, or how we can adapt to climate changes that may affect farm or forestry businesses and our natural or cultural heritage.

3. Good health and well-being

Good health and well-beingVCPE 12: Continue to support the multi-agency response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

LD4E 01: Create a dedicated Engagement and Outreach Team to provide progressive opportunities for engagement either in local outdoor spaces or in the Lake District itself. Through the Team:

  1. Identify and understand the numerous organisations and associations that might already be supporting a person or group of people to make a connection with the Lake District (physical or otherwise) and to identify where they might best provide additional support;
  2. Develop programmes of activities supported by local leaders and role models to create ‘ladders’ of experience for outdoor experiences;
  3. Focusing on nearby underrepresented groups, make access to the outdoors easier by creating and promoting attractive destinations, affordable travel, and information available in appropriate formats;
  4. Improve partnerships with outdoor provider centres by developing a project to work with providers and visitor groups to develop activities that link the Lake District with home settings;
  5. Undertake action research or evaluation to support the sharing of best practice more widely (such as that commissioned by Forestry England to review their Digital Forest Project in Grizedale).

4. Quality education

Quality educationVCPE 21: Develop a training programme for communities to reskill and/or retrain to help build a climate resilient Lake District, including platforms for local community groups to share best practise.

CA 5: Develop a training programme for sustainable retrofit of traditional buildings and raise awareness of traditional building performance and energy efficiency.

FFNC 05: Support and encourage young people into farming, forestry and land management, to maintain traditional skills and develop new ones to accrue the knowledge necessary for the maintenance of our cultural landscape and delivery of a ‘public payment for public goods’ agenda.

5. Gender equality

Gender equalityLD4E 02: Establish an Equality Advisory Forum to ensure legal and legislative compliance, to embed equality inclusion in strategies and corporate processes, to provide ongoing critical assessment, to promote the equality and inclusion work. The Forum should:

  1. Undertake an Equality Analysis of the Partnership’s organisations, looking at their compliance, governance, recruitment;
  2. Drive a Partnership commitment to the Diverse Sustainability Initiative;
  3. Establish a sub-group of the Equality Advisory Forum with a specific focus on information and communications to continually address and review the messages and information sharing routes in the Lake District including design of information apps, signage and notice boards (including QR codes), as well as having overall responsibility and understanding for sharing information.

FFNC 05: Support and encourage young people into farming, forestry and land management, to maintain traditional skills and develop new ones to accrue the knowledge necessary for the maintenance of our cultural landscape and delivery of a ‘public payment for public goods’ agenda

6. Clean water and sanitation

Clean water and sanitationFFNC 04: Identify the priorities for farming led nature recovery that can be delivered through land management choices. Seeking opportunities to develop local nature recovery and landscape recovery scale schemes that are better connected for multiple public benefits, and as part of our green recovery. This will be supported through trusted and expert advice, informed and evidenced by the Cumbria Local Nature Recovery Strategy, the Cumbria Nature Recovery Network, and the LDNP Nature Recovery Delivery Prospectus. Farming led nature recovery will be complemented by and blended with existing and new approaches, and core areas for nature recovery.

FFNC 06: Develop and start to deliver a landscape scale nature recovery plan for LDNP informed and evidenced by the Cumbria Local Nature Recovery Strategy and the LDNP Nature Recovery Delivery Prospectus. This will include delivery plans for woodland creation and restoration, peatland restoration, restoring protected sites to favourable condition, as well as other key habitats and species, and a system to assess extent and condition of priority habitats within the Park.

FFNC 09: Develop and deliver the Lake District National Park Nature Recovery Delivery Prospectus, to support the ambitions of the Cumbria Local Nature Recovery Strategy and to help identify opportunities for both farming led nature recovery and core areas of nature recovery.

FFNC 10: The Partnership will champion and resource the recovery of priority habitats and species across the park as identified in the Nature Recovery Delivery Prospectus. Restored habitats will then require long-term protection and management to meet the targets and objectives in this plan. Both nature recovery planning and active habitat restoration will be underway by 2025. These could include montane habitats, lakes, rivers and tarns, peatlands bogs and mires, woodlands, trees and scrub, grasslands, meadows and coastal habitats. Species could include Red Squirrel, Curlew, High Brown Fritillary, Freshwater Pearl Mussel, and Alpine Catchfly.

FFNC 13: Work with farmers and land managers to take up Agricultural Transition Plan schemes, including Environmental Land Management and Protected Landscapes schemes through the transition period 2021 – 2028.

FFNC 18: Core areas of nature recovery will cover a minimum of 10% of the National Park by 2025, where natural processes are being restored at scale and nature can recover and thrive.

7. Affordable and clean energy

Affordable and clean energyVPCE 15: Actively engage with the Clean Energy Sector Panel of the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership to assist with the delivery of a Clean Energy Prospectus and the Cumbria Nuclear Prospectus.

CA 01: Using evidence from the Carbon Budget and other sources to lobby Government to develop new potential net-zero incentives to re-trigger an acceleration in renewable energy production.

8. Decent work and economic growth

Decent work and economic growthVCPE 05: Deliver the projects within the Windermere Gateway area to improve Windermere Station, and deliver affordable housing (circa 160 units) and employment space.

VPCE 09: Promote ‘takeover spaces’ to support young people and the creative economy to deliver arts and cultural activities.

VPCE 10: Lobby central Government for continued provision of fundamental financial support to sustain the Lake District economy through the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent recovery.

VPCE 11: Lobby central Government to recognise, through various policy measures, such as the Tourism Recovery Plan and Levelling Up agenda, the role the Lake District visitor economy plays in the wider economy.

VPCE 12: Continue to support the multi-agency response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

VPCE 13: Encourage longer and overnight stays and extend the visitor season through coordinated marketing campaigns and product development.

VPCE 14: Collectively explore new models for private financing in natural capital drawing on the partnerships investment ready schemes, including working through the National Park’s Partnerships Net Zero for Nature programme.

VPCE 15: Actively engage with the Clean Energy Sector Panel of the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership to assist with the delivery of a Clean Energy Prospectus and the Cumbria Nuclear Prospectus.

VPCE 17: To maximise the opportunities presented by the Project Gigabit Cumbria pilot project to connect superfast broadband in hard to reach premises in the Lake District.

VPCE 21: Develop a training programme for communities to reskill and/or retrain to help build a climate resilient Lake District, including platforms for local community groups to share best practise.

FFNC 01: That we collectively develop a mix of finance opportunities and support new and innovative market led approaches for farming and land management businesses and communities.

FFNC 03: Develop and deliver a coordinated Partnership transition support programme starting in 2021 to enable business adaptation and take up of the options within the Government’s Agricultural Transition Plan 2021-2024, including access to integrated business and environmental advice for skills and knowledge development.

FFNC 05: Support and encourage young people into farming, forestry and land management, to maintain traditional skills and develop new ones to accrue the knowledge necessary for the maintenance of our cultural landscape and delivery of a ‘public payment for public goods’ agenda.

FFNC 13: Work with farmers and land managers to take up Agricultural Transition Plan schemes, including Environmental Land Management and Protected Landscapes schemes through the transition period 2021 – 2028.

FFNC 14: Secure relevant opportunities by 2022 for farming, forestry and land management businesses to access advice and funding that transforms businesses to remain or become profitable and resilient to economic shocks and climate change.

FFNC 16: As part of our farm business and land management advice we will develop support for farmers and land managers on climate adaptation. This could include advice on natural flood management, or how we can adapt to climate changes that may affect farm or forestry businesses and our natural or cultural heritage.

LD4E 08: Promote the ‘Warm Welcome’ training scheme to businesses and organisations through existing networks to encourage its take up to develop staff skills.

STT 05: Deliver short term actions set out in the Visitor Management Tactical Action Plan to support covid-19 recovery including attract and disperse, active travel development, recovery of public transport use, temporary car parking and ensuring safe space in public realm and on road for walking and cycling.

SST 06: Continue to improve access to parking, travel and congestion information including the Safer Lakes website and develop and market opportunities to park up for the day and walk, cycle, or use sustainable transport.

9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Industry, innovation and infrastructureVCPE 05: Deliver the projects within the Windermere Gateway area to improve Windermere Station, and deliver affordable housing (circa 160 units) and employment space.

VCPE 15: Actively engage with the Clean Energy Sector Panel of the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership to assist with the delivery of a Clean Energy Prospectus and the Cumbria Nuclear Prospectus.

VCPE 17: To maximise the opportunities presented by the Project Gigabit Cumbria pilot project to connect superfast broadband in hard to reach premises in the Lake District.

VCPE 18: We will promote the Cumbria County Council Digital Infrastructure Strategy particularly to the hardest to reach areas in the Lake District.

VCPE 19: For those premises which will not be covered by Project Gigabit, we will work with communities to help promote the opportunity presented by ‘altnet’ providers to connect rural communities to superfast broadband.

VCPE 20: Use the funding from European Structural Investment Fund to deliver low-carbon investments to support a wide range of businesses by 2023.

LD4E 06: Maintain and improve the rights of way network and other walking and cycling routes to improve choice of routes for a wider range of people.

STT 01: Advocate and support initiatives for multi-modal ticketing and enhanced connectivity from the West Coast Mainline between Penrith and Keswick and from Oxenholme and Windermere Stations.

STT 02: Support the following rail upgrades:

  1. Doubling of capacity on the Lakes Line.
  2. Cumbria Coast Line improvements.
  3. West Coast Main Line service stopping and capacity improvements. Direct services to/from London, Scotland and Manchester Airport.
  4. Improved number of trains stopping at Penrith and Oxenholme and connectivity with HS2 to meet the needs of Lake District.
  5. Station accessibility improvements on all lines.
  6. Decarbonisation of rail travel in the Lake District.

STT 04: Encourage providers to improve digital platforms to promote and inform sustainable travel on and between all modes.

STT 12: Support new opportunities and research coming forward from technology developments including shared mobility, information, ticketing and research.

STT 16: Support the Community Rail Partnership to deliver rail improvements including funding applications to improve station accessibility at Ulverston and Staveley.

FFNC 01: That we collectively develop a mix of finance opportunities and support new and innovative market led approaches for farming and land management businesses and communities.

10. Reduced inequalities

Reduced inequlitiesVCPE 01: Lobby Homes England to make the social rent funding available for all relevant housing schemes throughout the Lake District not just South Lakeland by 2022.

VPCE 02: Lobby central Government to agree to introduce a mechanism to control the conversion of first to second homes in the Lake District, and to remove the small business rates exemption for furnished holiday homes.

VCPE 03: Lobby mortgage lenders to agree to be more flexible when lending on properties with local occupancy controls.

VCPE 04: Review and seek to increase council tax on second homes to raise additional revenue for the provision of more affordable homes.

VPCE 07: Continue to secure funding to deliver improvements at Bowness Bay and the Glebe.

VPCE 10: Lobby central Government for continued provision of fundamental financial support to sustain the Lake District economy through the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent recovery.

VCPE 11: Lobby central Government to recognise, through various policy measures, such as the Tourism Recovery Plan and Levelling Up agenda, the role the Lake District visitor economy plays in the wider economy.

VCPE 12: Continue to support the multi-agency response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

VCPE 17: To maximise the opportunities presented by the Project Gigabit Cumbria pilot project to connect superfast broadband in hard to reach premises in the Lake District.

VCPE 19: For those premises which will not be covered by Project Gigabit, we will work with communities to help promote the opportunity presented by ‘altnet’ providers to connect rural communities to superfast broadband.

LD4E 01: Create a dedicated Engagement and Outreach Team to provide progressive opportunities for engagement either in local outdoor spaces or in the Lake District itself. Through the Team:

  1. Identify and understand the numerous organisations and associations that might already be supporting a person or group of people to make a connection with the Lake District (physical or otherwise) and to identify where they might best provide additional support;
  2. Develop programmes of activities supported by local leaders and role models to create ‘ladders’ of experience for outdoor experiences;
  3. Focusing on nearby underrepresented groups, make access to the outdoors easier by creating and promoting attractive destinations, affordable travel, and information available in appropriate formats;
  4. Improve partnerships with outdoor provider centres by developing a project to work with providers and visitor groups to develop activities that link the Lake District with home settings.
  5. Undertake action research or evaluation to support the sharing of best practice more widely (such as that commissioned by Forestry England to review their Digital Forest Project in Grizedale).

LD4E 02: Establish an Equality Advisory Forum to ensure legal and legislative compliance, to embed equality inclusion in strategies and corporate processes, to provide ongoing critical assessment, to promote the equality and inclusion work. The Forum should:

  1. Undertake an Equality Analysis of the Partnership’s organisations, looking at their compliance, governance, recruitment;
  2. Drive a Partnership commitment to the Diverse Sustainability Initiative;
  3. Establish a sub-group of the Equality Advisory Forum with a specific focus on information and communications to continually address and review the messages and information sharing routes in the Lake District including design of information apps, signage and notice boards (including QR codes), as well as having overall responsibility and understanding for sharing information.

LD4E 03: Develop formal engagement pathways, with a focus on increasing diversity of uptake and representation, across the Lake District by working in partnership with community organisations to develop connections for potential employees and volunteers.

LD4E 04: Develop a ‘Warm Welcome’ certificated training scheme, applicable to the Tourism sector and other staff engaging with visitors. Embed the training as a requirement into existing staff professional development and into new staff roles.

LD4E 05: Delivering greater coverage of ‘on the ground ambassadors’ by joining up and focusing visitor facing rangers, staff, and volunteers across the Partnership organisations, and where possible appointing additional rangers to fill gaps.

LD4E 06: Maintain and improve the rights of way network and other walking and cycling routes to improve choice of routes for a wider range of people.

LD4E 07: Develop and promote a wider range of volunteering opportunities and packages that meet the needs of a diverse audience to create enjoyable experiences.

LD4E 08: Promote the ‘Warm Welcome’ training scheme to businesses and organisations through existing networks to encourage its take up to develop staff skills.

11. Sustainable cities and communities

Sustainable cities and communitiesVCPE 01: Lobby Homes England to make the social rent funding available for all relevant housing schemes throughout the Lake District not just South Lakeland by 2022.

VPCE 02: Lobby central Government to agree to introduce a mechanism to control the conversion of first to second homes in the Lake District, and to remove the small business rates exemption for furnished holiday homes.

VCPE 03: Lobby mortgage lenders to agree to be more flexible when lending on properties with local occupancy controls.

VCPE 04: Review and seek to increase council tax on second homes to raise additional revenue for the provision of more affordable homes.

VCPE 05: Deliver the projects within the Windermere Gateway area to improve Windermere Station, and deliver affordable housing (circa 160 units) and employment space.

VCPE 06: Partners review their landholdings and consider their potential as future affordable housing sites.

VPCE 07: Continue to secure funding to deliver improvements at Bowness Bay and the Glebe.

VCPE 08: Empower local communities to report suspected breaches against local occupancy conditions.

VCPE 09: Promote ‘takeover spaces’ to support young people and the creative economy to deliver arts and cultural activities.

VCPE 12: Continue to support the multi-agency response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

VCPE 17: To maximise the opportunities presented by the Project Gigabit Cumbria pilot project to connect superfast broadband in hard to reach premises in the Lake District.

VCPE 19: For those premises which will not be covered by Project Gigabit, we will work with communities to help promote the opportunity presented by ‘altnet’ providers to connect rural communities to superfast broadband.

VCPE 22: Support communities at very high/extreme vulnerability to the impacts of climate change to create Community Emergency Plans to prepare for extreme weather events or Plans to adapt and increased resilience.

VCPE 23: Promote initiatives to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions in traditional and community buildings.

CA 02: Lobbying Government to reduce VAT on the maintenance and repair of traditional buildings.

CA 05: Develop a training programme for sustainable retrofit of traditional buildings and raise awareness of traditional building performance and energy efficiency.

FFNC 02: That we work together to champion, promote incentives, and provide researched options to support traditional Lake District farming systems which sustain World Heritage Outstanding Universal Value, support profitable businesses, and deliver nature recovery, climate and other public benefits.

FFNC 08: If the bid is successful, deliver the development stage of the Heritage Horizons National Lottery Heritage Fund project ‘Secured for our children – Nature, World Heritage and Farming in the Lake District’.

LD4E 01: Create a dedicated Engagement and Outreach Team to provide progressive opportunities for engagement either in local outdoor spaces or in the Lake District itself. Through the Team:

  1. Identify and understand the numerous organisations and associations that might already be supporting a person or group of people to make a connection with the Lake District (physical or otherwise) and to identify where they might best provide additional support;
  2. Develop programmes of activities supported by local leaders and role models to create ‘ladders’ of experience for outdoor experiences;
  3. Focusing on nearby underrepresented groups, make access to the outdoors easier by creating and promoting attractive destinations, affordable travel, and information available in appropriate formats;
  4. Improve partnerships with outdoor provider centres by developing a project to work with providers and visitor groups to develop activities that link the Lake District with home settings.
  5. Undertake action research or evaluation to support the sharing of best practice more widely (such as that commissioned by Forestry England to review their Digital Forest Project in Grizedale).

LD4E 02: Establish an Equality Advisory Forum to ensure legal and legislative compliance, to embed equality inclusion in strategies and corporate processes, to provide ongoing critical assessment, to promote the equality and inclusion work. The Forum should:

  1. Undertake an Equality Analysis of the Partnership’s organisations, looking at their compliance, governance, recruitment;
  2. Drive a Partnership commitment to the Diverse Sustainability Initiative;
  3. Establish a sub-group of the Equality Advisory Forum with a specific focus on information and communications to continually address and review the messages and information sharing routes in the Lake District including design of information apps, signage and notice boards (including QR codes), as well as having overall responsibility and understanding for sharing information.

LD4E 03: Develop formal engagement pathways, with a focus on increasing diversity of uptake and representation, across the Lake District by working in partnership with community organisations to develop connections for potential employees and volunteers.

LD4E 04: Develop a ‘Warm Welcome’ certificated training scheme, applicable to the Tourism sector and other staff engaging with visitors. Embed the training as a requirement into existing staff professional development and into new staff roles.

LD4E 05: Delivering greater coverage of ‘on the ground ambassadors’ by joining up and focusing visitor facing rangers, staff, and volunteers across the Partnership organisations, and where possible appointing additional rangers to fill gaps.

LD4E 06: Maintain and improve the rights of way network and other walking and cycling routes to improve choice of routes for a wider range of people.

LD4E 07: Develop and promote a wider range of volunteering opportunities and packages that meet the needs of a diverse audience to create enjoyable experiences.

STT 01: Advocate and support initiatives for multi-modal ticketing and enhanced connectivity from the West Coast Mainline between Penrith and Keswick and from Oxenholme and Windermere Stations.

STT 02: Support the following rail upgrades:

  1. Doubling of capacity on the Lakes Line.
  2. Cumbria Coast Line improvements.
  3. West Coast Main Line service stopping and capacity improvements. Direct services to/from London, Scotland and Manchester Airport.
  4. Improved number of trains stopping at Penrith and Oxenholme and connectivity with HS2 to meet the needs of Lake District.
  5. Station accessibility improvements on all lines.
  6. Decarbonisation of rail travel in the Lake District.

STT 04: Encourage providers to improve digital platforms to promote and inform sustainable travel on and between all modes.

STT 06: Continue to improve access to parking, travel and congestion information including the Safer Lakes website and develop and market opportunities to park up for the day and walk, cycle, or use sustainable transport.

STT 07: Develop marketing and ticketing initiatives for all sustainable and active transport modes. All Partners to promote sustainable travel through their own communications.

STT 08: Ensure the Lake District’s plans to decarbonise its transport are covered fully in the Cumbria Transport Infrastructure Plan (CTIP) and support the delivery of these actions. Make sure these two strategic planning initiatives are mutually reinforcing.

STT 11: Develop and promote active travel including:

  1. Market and promote opportunities for active recreation including cycling, walking and horse riding.
  2. Support active travel routes set out in the Cumbria Transport Infrastructure Plan.
  3. Promote bike and e-bike hire and develop and promote a network of e-bike charging points.
  4. Support highways work to improve safety and encourage active travel including traffic management in suitable locations where supported by the community.
  5. Create, maintain and promote waymarked walking routes on the existing rights of way network.
  6. Create new routes, including accessible Miles without Stiles routes and links from visitor hubs to key visitor locations.
  7. Deliver new infrastructure through SeeMore Lake District priority multi user routes (Borderlands Growth Deal Funding project).

STT 14: Communities and businesses to promote public transport and active travel in their communications. We will support them to provide sustainable travel itineraries, information, ticketing linked with attractions and accommodation.

STT 15: Work with communities to:

  1. develop local actions,
  2. be pilots for local areas, and
  3. deliver actions at a community level.

STT 16: Support the Community Rail Partnership to deliver rail improvements including funding applications to improve station accessibility at Ulverston and Staveley.

12. Responsible consumption and production

Responsible consumption and productionVCPE 13: Encourage longer and overnight stays and extend the visitor season through coordinated marketing campaigns and product development.

VCPE 15: Actively engage with the Clean Energy Sector Panel of the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership to assist with the delivery of a Clean Energy Prospectus and the Cumbria Nuclear Prospectus.

VCPE 20: Use the funding from European Structural Investment Fund to deliver low-carbon investments to support a wide range of businesses by 2023.

VCPE 25: Encourage local businesses in the area to procure locally when sourcing goods and services.

CA 11: Promote the circular economy based on maintenance/repair/upgrade of traditional buildings.

FFNC 04: Identify the priorities for farming led nature recovery that can be delivered through land management choices. Seeking opportunities to develop local nature recovery and landscape recovery scale schemes that are better connected for multiple public benefits, and as part of our green recovery. This will be supported through trusted and expert advice, informed and evidenced by the Cumbria Local Nature Recovery Strategy, the Cumbria Nature Recovery Network, and the LDNP Nature Recovery Delivery Prospectus. Farming led nature recovery will be complemented by and blended with existing and new approaches, and core areas for nature recovery.

FFNC 07: Assemble and promote a resource package to enable farmers and land managers to assess their carbon usage, and develop knowledge and skills to be able to take steps to reduce the contribution they make to greenhouse gas emissions, and to offer solutions that benefits society by capturing carbon, and may provide additional farm income streams and increase productivity.

FFNC 14: Secure relevant opportunities by 2022 for farming, forestry and land management businesses to access advice and funding that transforms businesses to remain or become profitable and resilient to economic shocks and climate change.

13. Climate action

Climate actionVCPE 20: Use the funding from European Structural Investment Fund to deliver low-carbon investments to support a wide range of businesses by 2023.

VCPE 21: Develop a training programme for communities to reskill and/or retrain to help build a climate resilient Lake District, including platforms for local community groups to share best practise.

VCPE 22: Support communities at very high/extreme vulnerability to the impacts of climate change to create Community Emergency Plans to prepare for extreme weather events or Plans to adapt and increased resilience.

VCPE 23: Promote initiatives to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions in traditional and community buildings.

VCPE 24: Empowering locally led climate action by creating a network of “climate champions” within communities

CA 01: Using evidence from the Carbon Budget and other sources to lobby Government to develop new potential net-zero incentives to re-trigger an acceleration in renewable energy production.

CA 03: By June 2022 secure agreement, by all Partners, on significantly reducing carbon emissions through business planning and delivering of carbon savings by integrating climate action in to their business plan.

CA 04: By June 2023 develop and agree a pipeline of new projects for climate action that can be feasibly implemented in the next 10, 15, 20 years by:

  1. Each Lake District Partnership sub group, as well as Zero Cumbria Carbon Partnership understanding and identifying what is required to scale up and prepare for rapid and more ambitious action to secure net zero
  2. Developing sensitive and appropriate support for land use change that contributes to adaptation and net zero
  3. Establishing a net zero carbon tourism network working together on climate change

CA 05: Develop a training programme for sustainable retrofit of traditional buildings and raise awareness of traditional building performance and energy efficiency.

CA 06: Deliver an integrated innovative communications strategy that supports all efforts to work towards net zero.

CA 07: Organise and facilitate an annual Lake District Climate Festival, demonstrating climate leadership, showcasing projects and inspiring action.

CA 08: Deliver a number of public engagement workshops that inform on the risk of climate change to the Lake District and the role individuals and communities can play in addressing this through fair and equal action.

CA 09: Deliver, with Zero Carbon Cumbria Project, citizen climate juries to scope out what communities want to prioritise and see delivered for net zero.

CA 10: With Zero Carbon Cumbria support climate champions to deliver local projects and community action.

CA 12: Identify low carbon solutions and case study promotion to encourage adoption through Green Business Networks.

FFNC 06: Develop and start to deliver a landscape scale nature recovery plan for LDNP informed and evidenced by the Cumbria Local Nature Recovery Strategy and the LDNP Nature Recovery Delivery Prospectus. This will include delivery plans for woodland creation and restoration, peatland restoration, restoring protected sites to favourable condition, as well as other key habitats and species, and a system to assess extent and condition of priority habitats within the Park.

FFNC 07: Assemble and promote a resource package to enable farmers and land managers to assess their carbon usage, and develop knowledge and skills to be able to take steps to reduce the contribution they make to greenhouse gas emissions, and to offer solutions that benefits society by capturing carbon, and may provide additional farm income streams and increase productivity.

FFNC 12: Work with individual farms, farm clusters and community farming initiatives to increase understanding of options for nature and climate recovery, through the opportunities identified in the Local Nature Recovery Strategy and the Lake District National Park Nature Recovery Delivery Prospectus.

FFNC 15: Work in partnership with communities through our Area Planning approach to encourage and enable a network of community led land management initiatives that individually address the local qualities of each valley, and collectively enhance the Special Qualities of the Lake District and deliver nature recovery and climate resilience.

FFNC 16: As part of our farm business and land management advice we will develop support for farmers and land managers on climate adaptation. This could include advice on natural flood management, or how we can adapt to climate changes that may affect farm or forestry businesses and our natural or cultural heritage.

FFNC 17: The Partnership’s “Tree planting and woodland creation guidelines” are being used from 2022 to help everyone to get the right trees and woodlands in the right places for the right reasons and in the right way.

STT 03: Lobby Government to support providers to deliver low carbon trains, buses and boats.

STT 06: Continue to improve access to parking, travel and congestion information including the Safer Lakes website and develop and market opportunities to park up for the day and walk, cycle, or use sustainable transport.

STT 07: Develop marketing and ticketing initiatives for all sustainable and active transport modes. All Partners to promote sustainable travel through their own communications.

STT 08: Ensure the Lake District’s plans to decarbonise its transport are covered fully in the Cumbria Transport Infrastructure Plan (CTIP) and support the delivery of these actions. Make sure these two strategic planning initiatives are mutually reinforcing.

STT 09: Work in partnership to encourage the decarbonisation of transport including:

  1. Rolling out EV charging.
  2. Support carbon reduction technology on buses, trains and water transport.
  3. Secure funding for and delivery rail improvements on the Lakes Line to deliver passing loop, electrification, and Windermere Station Gateway improvements.
  4. Deliver better passenger waiting facilities and interchanges, including Ambleside Bus Station.
    Support more resilient infrastructure and increased capacity for water transport.
  5. Work with businesses and communities to quantify needs and secure funding for improved workers’ and community transport and delivery services.
  6. Deliver integrated transport projects including those set out in the Keswick Transport Study.

STT 10: All partners to commit to a reduction in staff and visitor travel and travel related carbon emissions through continuing opportunities for virtual working, meetings and events.

STT 11: Develop and promote active travel including:

  1. Market and promote opportunities for active recreation including cycling, walking and horse riding.
  2. Support active travel routes set out in the Cumbria Transport Infrastructure Plan.
  3. Promote bike and e-bike hire and develop and promote a network of e-bike charging points.
  4. Support highways work to improve safety and encourage active travel including traffic management in suitable locations where supported by the community.
  5. Create, maintain and promote waymarked walking routes on the existing rights of way network.
  6. Create new routes, including accessible Miles without Stiles routes and links from visitor hubs to key visitor locations.
  7. Deliver new infrastructure through SeeMore Lake District priority multi user routes (Borderlands Growth Deal Funding project).

STT 13: Continue the success of partnership working to improve all aspects of low carbon transport.

STT 16: Support the Community Rail Partnership to deliver rail improvements including funding applications to improve station accessibility at Ulverston and Staveley.

14. Life below water

Life below waterFFNC 06: Develop and start to deliver a landscape scale nature recovery plan for LDNP informed and evidenced by the Cumbria Local Nature Recovery Strategy and the LDNP Nature Recovery Delivery Prospectus. This will include delivery plans for woodland creation and restoration, peatland restoration, restoring protected sites to favourable condition, as well as other key habitats and species, and a system to assess extent and condition of priority habitats within the Park.

FFNC 09: Develop and deliver the Lake District National Park Nature Recovery Delivery Prospectus, to support the ambitions of the Cumbria Local Nature Recovery Strategy and to help identify opportunities for both farming led nature recovery and core areas of nature recovery.

FFNC 10: The Partnership will champion and resource the recovery of priority habitats and species across the park as identified in the Nature Recovery Delivery Prospectus. Restored habitats will then require long-term protection and management to meet the targets and objectives in this plan. Both nature recovery planning and active habitat restoration will be underway by 2025. These could include montane habitats, lakes, rivers and tarns, peatlands bogs and mires, woodlands, trees and scrub, grasslands, meadows and coastal habitats. Species could include Red Squirrel, Curlew, High Brown Fritillary, Freshwater Pearl Mussel, and Alpine Catchfly.

FFNC 11: By 2025 we will actively be pursing restoration and reintroduction of key species as identified in the Nature Recovery Delivery Prospectus. These could include Black Grouse, Pine Marten, Water Vole, Corncrake, Golden and White Tailed Eagle.

FFNC 12: Work with individual farms, farm clusters and community farming initiatives to increase understanding of options for nature and climate recovery, through the opportunities identified in the Local Nature Recovery Strategy and the Lake District National Park Nature Recovery Delivery Prospectus.

15. Life on land

Life on landVCPE 14: Collectively explore new models for private financing in natural capital drawing on the partnerships investment ready schemes, including working through the National Park’s Partnerships Net Zero for Nature programme.

VCPE 16: Encourage businesses, individuals, and organisations operating in the Lake District to invest in natural capital projects through the Lake District Foundation, and promote when this occurs.

FFNC 03: Develop and deliver a coordinated Partnership transition support programme starting in 2021 to enable business adaptation and take up of the options within the Government’s Agricultural Transition Plan 2021-2024, including access to integrated business and environmental advice for skills and knowledge development.

FFNC 04: Identify the priorities for farming led nature recovery that can be delivered through land management choices. Seeking opportunities to develop local nature recovery and landscape recovery scale schemes that are better connected for multiple public benefits, and as part of our green recovery. This will be supported through trusted and expert advice, informed and evidenced by the Cumbria Local Nature Recovery Strategy, the Cumbria Nature Recovery Network, and the LDNP Nature Recovery Delivery Prospectus. Farming led nature recovery will be complemented by and blended with existing and new approaches, and core areas for nature recovery.

FFNC 05: Support and encourage young people into farming, forestry and land management, to maintain traditional skills and develop new ones to accrue the knowledge necessary for the maintenance of our cultural landscape and delivery of a ‘public payment for public goods’ agenda.

FFNC 06: Develop and start to deliver a landscape scale nature recovery plan for LDNP informed and evidenced by the Cumbria Local Nature Recovery Strategy and the LDNP Nature Recovery Delivery Prospectus. This will include delivery plans for woodland creation and restoration, peatland restoration, restoring protected sites to favourable condition, as well as other key habitats and species, and a system to assess extent and condition of priority habitats within the Park.

FFNC 09: Develop and deliver the Lake District National Park Nature Recovery Delivery Prospectus, to support the ambitions of the Cumbria Local Nature Recovery Strategy and to help identify opportunities for both farming led nature recovery and core areas of nature recovery.

FFNC 10: The Partnership will champion and resource the recovery of priority habitats and species across the park as identified in the Nature Recovery Delivery Prospectus. Restored habitats will then require long-term protection and management to meet the targets and objectives in this plan. Both nature recovery planning and active habitat restoration will be underway by 2025. These could include montane habitats, lakes, rivers and tarns, peatlands bogs and mires, woodlands, trees and scrub, grasslands, meadows and coastal habitats. Species could include Red Squirrel, Curlew, High Brown Fritillary, Freshwater Pearl Mussel, and Alpine Catchfly.

FFNC 11: By 2025 we will actively be pursing restoration and reintroduction of key species as identified in the Nature Recovery Delivery Prospectus. These could include Black Grouse, Pine Marten, Water Vole, Corncrake, Golden and White Tailed Eagle.

FFNC 12: Work with individual farms, farm clusters and community farming initiatives to increase understanding of options for nature and climate recovery, through the opportunities identified in the Local Nature Recovery Strategy and the Lake District National Park Nature Recovery Delivery Prospectus.

FFNC 13: Work with farmers and land managers to take up Agricultural Transition Plan schemes, including Environmental Land Management and Protected Landscapes schemes through the transition period 2021 – 2028.

FFNC 15: Work in partnership with communities through our Area Planning approach to encourage and enable a network of community led land management initiatives that individually address the local qualities of each valley, and collectively enhance the Special Qualities of the Lake District and deliver nature recovery and climate resilience.

FFNC 17: The Partnership’s “Tree planting and woodland creation guidelines” are being used from 2022 to help everyone to get the right trees and woodlands in the right places for the right reasons and in the right way.

FFNC 18: Core areas of nature recovery will cover a minimum of 10% of the National Park by 2025, where natural processes are being restored at scale and nature can recover and thrive.

16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

Peace, justice and strong institutions LD4E 02: Establish an Equality Advisory Forum to ensure legal and legislative compliance, to embed equality inclusion in strategies and corporate processes, to provide ongoing critical assessment, to promote the equality and inclusion work. The Forum should:

  1. Undertake an Equality Analysis of the Partnership’s organisations, looking at their compliance, governance, recruitment;
  2. Drive a Partnership commitment to the Diverse Sustainability Initiative;
  3. Establish a sub-group of the Equality Advisory Forum with a specific focus on information and communications to continually address and review the messages and information sharing routes in the Lake District including design of information apps, signage and notice boards (including QR codes), as well as having overall responsibility and understanding for sharing information.

17. Partnerships for the goals

Partnerships for the goals CA 04: By June 2023 develop and agree a pipeline of new projects for climate action that can be feasibly implemented in the next 10, 15, 20 years by:

  1. Each Lake District Partnership sub group, as well as Zero Cumbria Carbon Partnership understanding and identifying what is required to scale up and prepare for rapid and more ambitious action to secure net zero.
  2. Developing sensitive and appropriate support for land use change that contributes to adaptation and net zero.
  3. Establishing a net zero carbon tourism network working together on climate change.

All actions: Working together as a Partnership of 25 organisations to deliver the actions of the Partnership’s Management Plan.

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Thank you for sharing your views

This consultation closed at midday Wednesday 23 June 2021, thank you to everyone who gave their views.

The Partnership are now analysing the responses and will update the Plan for adoption later in the year.