It's fantastic to see all these projects developing and all the hard work and the impact that this is having across communities. Congratulations to Lower Regents Coalition on the valuable contribution your Meadow Project will have and good luck to the Year of the River Yeo with their creative writing and storytelling event this month! Continue reading »
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Fix the Fells exists to protect the beautiful mountains of the Lake District from erosion and environmental damage by repairing and maintaining upland paths.It is a collaborative partnership programme between the National Trust, the Lake District National Park, Nurture Lakeland, Friends of the Lake District, Natural England and Cumbria County Council.Vital to the success of Fix the Fells’ work are a team of more than 100 dedicated volunteers, known as “lengthsmen”. These local volunteers work tirelessly in support of the environment, maintaining and repairing 200 upland paths annually by pitching paths, clearing drains and re-landscaping erosion. Last year alone they contributed 2,030 days of volunteering and completed 493 “drain runs” (clearing blocked drains along an entire path) and 85 work parties. Their efforts have been recognised recently by being named runners-up in the Beatrix Potter Awards in the “Looking after the Landscape” category. The Greggs Foundation is supporting our project with funding for our volunteer programme. This work will benefit the environment in the following ways:protect and enhance the spectacular Lake District fells remove eyesores that can be seen for miles improve water quality in lakes and rivers for plant and fish life protect upland habitats for rare plant species preserve important carbon sinksView all
There were times when we never thought we would get to this point, but we have just about completed our Meadow Project! We recently held two volunteer days to plant up both the meadows we have created on either side of the Regents Canal in east London, totaling approximately 300 sq metres of new, more ecologically sustainable green space. With the help of an amazing set of volunteers and Ken Greenway, Manager at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, we planted approximately 200 wildflower plugs and sowed wildflower seeds. We also planted 6 silver birch whips, 3 on each side. All of our plants are native to Great Britain and are edible and/or medicinal. A partial list: Hawkweed, Marjoram, Coltsfoot, Oxeye Daisies and Lady's Bedstraw (the name is our personal favourite). They will bloom at various times throughout the season, seed themselves and/or spread via their roots and be great for a variety of insects and pollinators. We can't wait to see the results. We want to thank the Tower Hill Trust and the Greggs Foundation for funding this project - you have helped us bring biodiversity and beauty to our community.