Ullswater Fell Care Day promises a hive of volunteer activity

Ullswater Fell Care Day promises a hive of volunteer activity

Wall they’ll be rebuilding at Glenridding Dodd (below Sheffield Pike)

Landscape charity Friends of the Lake District’s mass volunteer Fell Care Day event at Ullswater is all set to take place on Thursday 27 September.

Run by the Friends’ Flora of the Fells project, the Fell Care Days highlight the huge amount of time and work which volunteers put in to caring for our Lakeland Fells. More than 19 organisations, including two schools and 80 volunteers will be taking part.

Volunteers will be undertaking a host of activities on and around Ullswater, including footpath repair work right up to Red Tarn, Helvellyn, dry stone walling, a lakeshore litter pick on foot and by canoe, and clearing gorse and drains on a variety of nearby walks. Children from Patterdale and Penruddock schools will be planting native flower bulbs, coppicing, stream dipping, making bat and bird boxes and creating a squirrel hide out of willow near Aira Force waterfall.

Over 20 groups and organisations are taking part including volunteers from Friends of the Lake District, the Lake District National Park Authority, the National Trust, the Ullswater Association, , Ullswater College, Eden Rivers Trust, and Ullswater Steamers, plus many individuals from Cumbria and visitors from further afield. Glencoyne Farmer Sam Hodgson will be helping with the walling task on the high fells above Glenridding.

Sue Manson, Flora of the Fells Project officer said: “The Fell Care Day promises to be a great day in celebration of the Lake District Fells, all the benefits they provide and the immense volunteer effort that goes into helping to conserve them. The Fell Care Days are a great chance to get fit and do something fulfilling in an amazing setting.  We’ve got volunteers of all ages coming along and it’s not too late to join in what promises to be a really good day.”

If you can’t join us at Ullswater there’s an opportunity to take part in our second Fell Care Day at Windermere on Thursday 25 October. For more information, or to volunteer contact Sue Manson, Flora Events and Communications Officer on 01539 733187 or email sue-m@fld.org.uk or see  http://www.fld.org.uk/fell-care-days.html, or http://www.floraofthefells.com/help-us/volunteering