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Fell Pony photographer donates images to protect their habitat

Fell Ponies on the Helm near Kendal

[C]umbrian photographer, Gail Caddy, has donated limited edition photographic prints to Friends of the Lake District – the charity that protects the local fell where the ponies live. The prints will be on sale at the upcoming, ‘Meet the Ponies’ day on the Helm, near Kendal on Saturday 9 September from 10 am to 1 pm.

The native Fell Ponies have been inspiring Gail since she spotted them on her local hill, the Helm, half of which is owned and managed by Friends of the Lake District.

Gail said, “Since moving to Kendal three years ago, I’ve photographed these characterful ponies in all seasons. They are a historic and noble native breed with a wonderful temperament; seeing them on the Helm in their natural surroundings always brightens my day. I’m happy to be able to support Friends of the Lake District in their management of this landscape and feel privileged to live so close by.”

Landscape conservation charity Friends of the Lake District is inviting the public to its free event on the Helm, Kendal on Saturday 9 September from 10 am – 1 pm. As part of Great Landscapes Week this is a chance to meet the adorable fell ponies that live on the Helm and learn more about the valuable conservation work they carry out.

The ponies will be available for pony selfies and tea and cake will be served al fresco. There will also be a photography snapshot competition with a chance to win a framed Gail Caddy photograph. You can see more of Gail’s work at www.photographybygail.co.uk

Nicola Evans, who owns the ponies, will be on hand to talk about the ponies as a breed, the role The Fell Pony Society plays in protecting this ‘at risk’ breed, and about the individual ponies present.

The event is free but organisers ask that you book in advance so they can cater for attendees. You can book online at Friends of the Lake District’s website: www.friendsofthelakedistrict.org.uk or by calling 01539 720788. Gail’s limited edition prints are also available for purchase via the website shop.

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