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Volunteer at a Fell Care Day

June 6, 2017

Keswick Mountain Festival. Fell Care Day. Be part of it…… Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th June 2017

What are Fell Care Days all about?

This is the seventh year Friends of the Lake District have been running their hugely popular and successful Fell Care Days. Fell Care Days are a brilliant way of bringing together local communities, schools and volunteers from many different walks of life to understand and learn about the value and importance of our unique upland landscapes through taking part in practical action to protect them. And most importantly, there’s always lots of cake to help fuel you through your tasks!

Caring for the fells can be a bit of additional physical activity for you too. 

What’s happening and where?

Below is a list of all the brilliant conservation and well-being opportunities at the Keswick Mountain Festival Fell Care Day and now’s the time to get yourself signed up for the activity that appeals to you. Numbers are limited on each task so places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

 The hub for the day is Friends of the Lake District Marquee on Crow Park Festival Village, Keswick. Volunteers sign in at hub 15 minutes before their task start time and set off in groups on tasks led by skilled leaders from our partner organisations. Everyone returns to the hub at the end of the day for tea and cakes, hurrah!

 

Practical Conservation

What does it involve?

How physically demanding is it and am I old enough?

Session Timings

Saturday 10th June

 

 

 

1. Canoe Crassula Clearance

On Derwentwater

Combine a canoe trip with helping clear non-native invasive species, Crassula, from beautiful Derwentwater.

Easy

Over 18 years

13:00 – 15:30

 

 

2. Dry Stone Walling Training

Crow Park, Festival Village

Beloved as a feature of beauty, dry stone walls also provide an essential function for farmers as livestock barriers. This is fantastic opportunity to learn the skill of this traditional, rural craft.

Strenuous

Over 18 years

10:00 – 12:30

 

Or

 

13:30 – 16:00

3. Fix the Fells – Upland Path Maintenance Borrowdale – Ashness Bridge to Cat Gill

Help restore and clear our well used upland paths with the Fix the Fells Path Teams. Travel to start and from finish across sparkling Derwentwater by Keswick Launch.

Easy/Moderate

6 km 300 metres of ascent/descent

Over 16 years

9:30 - 4:30

 

4. Fix the Fells – Upland Path Maintenance Catbells to Skelgill

Help restore and clear our well used upland paths with the Fix the Fells Path Teams. Travel to start and from finish across sparkling Derwentwater by Keswick Launch.

Moderate/Strenuous

4.5 km 380 metres of ascent/descent

Over 16 years

10:00 - 17:00

 

5. Fix the Fells – Upland Path Maintenance

Cat Bells Terrace Path and Manesty Hause Gate

Help restore and clear our well used upland paths with the Fix the Fells Path Teams. Travel to start and from finish across sparkling Derwentwater by Keswick Launch.

Moderate

4.5 km 270 metres of ascent/descent

10:00 - 17:00

 

Sunday 11th June

 

 

 

6. Family Bushcraft Cockshot Wood

Learn the art of living in the woodlands with this fun Bushcraft session including, lighting a fire by spark, improvising pot stands from natural materials, boiling water, cooking over an open fire & constructing a temporary shelter.

Easy/Moderate

All ages – the session is aimed at families.

Children under 8yrs will need to be accompanied.

10:00-13:00

7. Mindful Breathing in the Forest

 Cockshot Wood

Relax your pace and fully immerse yourself in this beautiful woodland setting. Experience a sense of well-being and rejuvenation.

Easy

Over 10 years

10:00-11:00

8. Forest Yoga

Cockshot Wood

Whether you’re a regular or new to the ancient practice of yoga, this woodland based session will provide both physical and spiritual benefits.

Moderate

Over 10 years

13:00-14:00

9.Oak Basket Weaving

Cockshot Wood

Have a go at the skill of oak basket weaving while enjoying the peace and tranquillity of lovely woodlands on the shores of Derwentwater.

Easy/Moderate

Over 18 years (under 18 must be accompanied)

10:00-12:30

 

Or

 

13:30-16:00

 

What do I need to do now?

Just fill in the form here and email this info to ruth-kirk@fld.org.uk. Who will allocate you to your activity and, nearer the day, she'll send you all the details you need about how to get to Keswick, the hub location, what to wear, what to bring etc. If you’ve got any questions, give me a call on 01539 720788.