28th October 2012

A day out with the Friends of the Lake District

We are always looking for reasons to get out and about and this week was no exception.

On Thursday four members of the Lakelovers team headed out onto the fells with the Friends of the Lake District to take part in their Fell Care Day. There were lots of activities going on during the day including an underwater litter pick at Waterhead, and dry stone walling. We were put into a team of 12, including team dog Penny, who were sent up to Sweeden Wood above Ambleside. Our mission for the day was to plant trees and put up bat and bird boxes, lead by Jack Ellerby. There were lots of tools to carry up to the site so we were really grateful when passing walkers offered to help us. This included a family who were staying with us on their first trip to the Lakes.

We worked in pairs planting the Hazel trees , digging holes to plant the seedlings, and safely housing them in tubes to protect them from grazing deer. Overall we planted 105 on the fell side. A well deserved lunch was then taken enhanced with supplies from local businesses and other volunteers largely in the form of cakes, which didn’t hang around for long. We then finished off the day by putting up bird boxes and bat boxes made by local school children.

We thoroughly enjoyed our day out and look forward to seeing the tree’s grow over the next few years. The Friends of the Lake District carry out many days like this one throughout the year and are always looking for volunteers so should you or your family fancy a day out of a different kind, and aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty, contact the Friends to find out more.

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