Friends of the Lake district- Fell care day 2020


Covid-19 is causing us all to rethink new, flexible ways of working BUT, never daunted here at Friends of the Lake District, we have found a way to have our 2020 Fell Care Day! 

Thursday 5th November

Read on to find out what’s happening……. and what’s not.

Bookings are coming in thick and fast but there are still some spaces so get yourself signed up without delay.

So, what won’t be happening this year? 

  • Activities won’t be centred on one specific location. We will be working in lots of different, beautiful places, right across the Lake District and Cumbria.
  • We won’t have a ‘hub’ for the day where everyone meets before and after *boo*
  • Groups will be limited to smaller sizes than usual.
  • We won’t be able to offer car sharing between members of different households.
  • We won’t be able to share communal cake at a hub *sob*

But what will be happening this year? 

  • We’ll still be running a whole host of great conservation and learning activities.
  • We will be making a difference to looking after, protecting and learning about these incredibly special landscapes.
  • We will be creating a ‘social media takeover’ with live video and photos of the day.
  • We’ll be taking all necessary steps to ensure participation in all activities is Covid-secure.
  • We’ll be asking you to bring your own gloves where they’re necessary for a task.
  • We WILL be finding a way to provide cake at your chosen activity *yay!*

So let’s get stuck in!
Here’s the list of all the brilliant volunteering opportunities at the Alternative Fell Care Day. Get yourself signed up for the activity that appeals to you. Numbers are limited on each task so places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

1. Planted Tree Aftercare
With stunning views over Grasmere! Re-staking, removing redundant stakes guards, replanting if required and clearing redundant tree tubes.
Gillside, Grasmere         9.30 – 2
Moderate (step and uneven bracken covered ground) 
2. Tree Planting and Tree Maintenance
At our land at High Borrowdale, described by Wainwright as “the most beautiful valley outside the Lake District” (although it is now within the Lake District National Park).            
High Borrowdale, between Kendal and Shap     9.45 – 3.30
Moderate. There is a 30 minute walk in/out on a rough track and we will be working partly on slopes.    
16+ (under 18 accompanied by an adult)
3. Woodland Management
Thinning birch and removing holly regeneration. Magical Woodland. Beautiful views. Happy state of mind guaranteed.      
How’s Wood, Eskdale   10.30 – 2.30
Moderate (uneven, boggy or stony covered ground)     
16+ (under 18 accompanied by an adult)
4.  Ullswater Litter Pick
Help to clear up discarded debris around this beautiful lake. Including a trip on the Ullswater Steamer to begin and end your journey.
Ullswater            10.00 – 4.00
Moderate (uneven, stony covered ground)
16+ (under 18 accompanied by an adult)
5.  Path Creation
Dig out the stream to create and improve a fellside path on this fabulous, traditionally run Lakeland Farm. Playing about in water with spades; bringing out the child in you!            
Swinside Fell, Lorton     10.00 – 3.00
Moderate. Working in sloping ground.  
6. Fire and Feasting
Come down to the woods for a stepwise approach to making fire from starting with fire triangle and understanding how fire works to building and lighting fires from a wide range of lighters, fire steel strikers, char cloth / mushrooms / other tinders, flint and steel, fire lays,  bow drill (fire by friction). Simple knife safety and skills. Then it’s time for some campfire cooking!              
Mike’s Wood, Staveley 10.00 – 3.00
Easy and graduating to hard       
12+ (Under 18 accompanied by an adult)
8. Tree Maintenance and Vegetation Clearance
On this special piece of land close to Kendal but with glorious vies over the Lakes.           
The Helm near Kendal  10.00 – 3.00
16+ (under 18 accompanied by an adult)
9. Lake District Geology: Rocks and glacial history of Mid-Borrowdale, Keswick
You’ll have a better understanding of what makes the Lake District landscape so special.              
Borrowdale, Derwentwater        9.30 – 4.00
Moderate to hard. There may be some off-path tramping. Participants should be confident on fells and slopes.
10. Dark Skies VIRTUAL talk
Learn about the value of Dark Skies, the growing issues of the impacts of light pollution on wildlife, people and the environment, and what we’re doing to help tackle the issue.
The presentation from the Cumbria Dark Skies Project Officer, Jack Ellerby, will highlight relevant research and good practice to show how planners/design professionals, businesses and home owners can help tackle the growing problem of light pollution.
Eden and South Lakeland are the third and eight darkest Districts in England with some of the best night skies in the north of England…. Now is the time to – Think Big, Act Fast and Make a Difference Together!      
On Zoom             19.00 – 20.00      
Any age

We know lots of you would love to help but are simply
too far away to offer practical support.
You can still help from afar by becoming a voice for the Lake District and Cumbria as one of our thousands of caring members.
Membership is just £2.75 p.m.
Please join today.


Cumbria county council report- how to spot a cannabis farm

Egremont town council office remains open but with restrictions

Hello everyone,

  The town council remains open at this time during the continuing COVID 19 outbreak.

  However if you need to talk to the clerk it is preferred that you phone the office on 01946-820254 or email-

  If you have to attend the office please sanitize before pressing the telecom button. Wait then enter the waiting area singularly. Face coverings and hand sensitization are mandatory. Continue to wait in the waiting area and you will be seen to as soon as possible.

  The situation will be reviewed weekly

        Thank you

A massive thank you to the community for keeping our streets clean and weed fre

Egremont Town Council would like to give a big shout out to members of our
community who have caught the litter picking bug and have been out collecting
in various areas of our parish. Our very own Town Councillor Tom Higgins along with other helpers like Barbara Mazurek have been out nearly every day and in the past week alone, he has collected well over 20 bags of rubbish.sadly a lot of what he has collected has been empty alcohol cans and smash ed bottles which has caused problems for dogs being walked along these paths but he is certainly doing a grand job and now along with other members of the public who have begun cleaning up areas where they live, where they walk etc,Egremont is looking a lot cleaner.

There is still a lot to do however, the main thing being getting the message
across to people to pick up after themselves, it’s a fundamental message taught
to our children throughout their lives but this simple act seems to have been
forgotten by some who choose to drop litter at their feet rather than put it into
one of the many bins provided.

The good news however is this ever- increasing band of like minded people who
care about the environment they live in and are willing to go out and look after
it. Their hard work has not gone unnoticed either, we have received some
really good comments and thanks about the difference they are making in our
community and each and every one of them deserve a pat on the back, well
done and keep up the good work.

Copeland borough council Local plan: have your say!

Please give Copeland Borough council  your views as part of their ongoing public consultation into the Copeland Local Plan – a key document that will shape the future of the borough.
Issues under consultation in the draft include the number of new-build homes we should be aiming for, the locations and boundaries in which housing and employment developments should take place, and town centre regeneration.
Other issues include the natural environment and heritage assets, as well as opportunities for improved leisure and tourism. It also includes a focus on the community facilities and improvements to connectivity that will enable Copeland to flourish in a post-Covid environment.
The Preferred Options draft can be viewed, and feedback completed, at
For those without internet access, hard copies, including space for feedback, are also available on request by calling 01946 598300 or by emailing CDs are also available using the same contact details. The consultation runs until November 15.

‘Framework for involving patients in patient safety’ public consultasion

Please of your say on this public consultation.

Framework for involving patients in patient safety’

NHS England and Improvement is asking for feedback on its framework to support patients and carers to be involved in the patient safety strategy.

The strategy was published in July 2019, and working with patients, carers, lay people, NHS frontline staff and commissioners, there is now a draft ‘Framework for involving patients in patient safety’, which we are now consulting on ahead of publishing a final version expected early 2021.

It is in 2 sections:

1)      Describes how organisations should support patients, their families and carers to be directly involved in their own or their loved one’s safety;

2)      Describes how organisations should support patients, carers, family members or other lay people to be involved in wider governance of safety activities.

It closes on October 18.

New exhibition at Lowes court gallery



We have a new exhibition starting tomorrow
for the next four weeks featuring work by four West Cumbrian Artists:

Natalie Burns
Phil Cram
Emma Hunt
Tetiana Scott

Come along and view the work of these featured artists,
as well as other pieces by a variety of local artists.
We also have a range of hand made crafts for sale,
including some items for the festive season that is fast approaching!

We aim to be open
Monday to Sat from 10
am to 1pm throughout October
so come along and support local industry by Shopping Local

It is also that time of year when we ask for Exhibitors to apply for space
to have their own Exhibition next year in 2021
You can apply for a full wall (roughly 4 metres x 2 metres) 
or half a wall (which is approximately 7 average sized pieces)
As usual we intend to have a School’s Exhibition in February so we are asking
for submissions for the months of March through to December
Please apply by email to or by replying to this email
enclosing details of your name, preferred month and if possible medium
(2nd choice of month would be useful too)

Update on the Governments new COVID 19 regulation



The NHS COVID-19 app is currently being trialed and will launch on
Thursday 24 September in England and Wales, including QR check- in at

 QR codes will be an important way for NHS Test and Trace in
England and NHS Test, Trace, Protect in Wales to contact multiple
people if coronavirus outbreaks are identified in venues
Businesses across England and Wales like pubs, restaurant s,
hairdressers and cinemas are being urged to ensure they have NHS QR
code posters visible on entry so customers who have downloade d the new
NHS COVID-19 app can use their smartphones to easily check- in.
The move comes ahead of a national launch of the NHS COVID-19 app
across England and Wales on Thursday 24 September.
The government will be supporting business es and venues to display the
QR codes, which can be downloaded via a website to display as posters in

Following the launch of the new COVID-19 app, customers and visitors in
England will be able to check- in on entry with their phone instead of
filling out a check- in book or tool specific to a business. This will allow
NHS Test and Trace to contact customers with public health advice
should there be a COVID-19 outbreak.

In England, using QR codes will help businesses meet the new legal
requirement to record the contact details of customers, visitors and staff
on their premises.

With coronavirus cases rising in the UK in the last few weeks it is
essential business es capitalize on the benefits QR codes can bring to
protect themselves and their customers.

When someone enters a venue and scans an official QR poster, the venue
information will be logged on the user’s phone. This information will stay
on a user’s phone for 21 days and if during that time a coronavirus
outbreak is identified at a location, the venue ID in question will be sent
to all devices. The device will check if users have been at that location
and if the app finds a match, users may get an alert with advice on what
to do based on the level of risk.

The more people download and use the NHS COVID-19 app, the more it
will help us to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
With COVID-19 cases rising again across the country, the NHS COVID-19
app is a useful tool to have in the toolbox, alongside the other measures,
to combat the rise in infections.

Businesses are just one sector to be urged to use the NHS Test and Trace
system. Universities, hospitals, leisure premises, civic centres and
libraries will also be urged to display posters in communal areas such as
cafes where people are likely to congregate for more than 15 minutes
and in close proximity.