Conservation in The Lake District

Nurture Lakeland

Landscape, wildlife, environment,
"Not ours but ours to look after"

With 16 million visitors enjoying the Lake District each year, every now and again our beautiful landscapes need a little help from their friends.

Nurture Lakeland is a non-political charity that works to protect wildlife, conserve landscape, improve access and support local communities across the Lake District and Cumbria.

tourgrouphilltop.jpgWith your help and generous donations we are able to support a number of projects that repair footpaths, promote biodiversity and do many other things that will contribute to environmental conservation in the English Lake District.

Each year we support a range of important conservation and environmental projects in the region, including Save Our Squirrels, Fix the Fells, Lake District Ospreys and many more.

Japanese tour groups are currently helping to raise funding for Lake District conservation projects. Each individual who books a special eco-tour, offered by nine major Japanese tour operators, agrees to make a donation of £5 towards conservation projects led by Nurture Lakeland. This eco-tour initiative was established in 2010 and has raised over £60,000 during its first five years, thanks to the generosity of Japanese visitors. The money raised has already supported conservation work at Wray Castle on the shore of Windermere and improvements to an off-road footpath from the Windermere ferry to Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's home at Near Sawrey. This popular route has been refreshed with new benches, gates and signage and better interpretation to provide a safer and more enjoyable walking experience for visitors, including our friends from Japan.

'The support of Japanese Visitors through the Nurture Lakeland Visitor Giving programme is great. It really helps make a difference for all walkers to get to and from Hill Top and helps to further improve the path infrastructure in the Lakes, something that we know is critical to our visitors' experience and enjoyment.'

John Moffat, General Manager, National Trust South Lakes Property

View the Eco-Tour Press Release


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