Looking after Cumbria’s environmental
assets is a team effort

Environment

Looking after Cumbria’s environmental assets is a team effort. Here are some of the organisations with whom we work closely.

Country Land and Business Association (CLA):  the membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales. They speak for everyone who believes in a living and working countryside, and influence decision makers to ensure the positive development of the rural economy.

Cumbria Fells and Dales: a local action group delivering the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) to help the businesses and communities of rural Cumbria thrive now and in the future.

Cumbria Post 2013: a project funded by RDPE (Rural Development Programme England ) to prepare land managers for the changes needed in rural land management in Cumbria in the next 20 to 30 years; and to raise public awareness of the issues and how they will impact on them. It’s a partnership led by the University of Cumbria supported by the Federation of Cumbria Commoners and Natural England.

Cumbria Wildlife Trust: voluntary organisation with more than 15,000 members devoted to the conservation of the wildlife and wild places of Cumbria. The Trust cares for over 40 nature reserves, campaigns for the protection of endangered habitats and species such as limestone pavements and red squirrels, and works with adults and children to discover the importance of the natural world.

Federation of Cumbria Commoners: a member-led organisation dedicated to maintaining and improve the viability of hill farming on common land.

Forestry Commission:  manages 24 million trees every year to create new woodlands and to replace the trees we harvest.   Some of these trees will help to regenerate blighted industrial landscapes such as former coalfield communities and to bring new woodlands closer to urban areas.   We also protect the threat to Britain’s trees from pests and disease, which has never been greater

Lake District National Park:England’s largest National Park includes Scafell Pike – its highest mountain, Wastwater – its deepest lake and thriving communities like Keswick and Bowness-on-Windermere.   We’ve information for visitors and students about this unique corner of England. Find out how we work caring for this stunning area. And our 42,400 residents can find out all about planning.

National Gamekeepers Organisation: represents and supports 16,000 gamekeepers in England and Wales.  NGO defends and promotes gamekeeping, and ensures high standards throughout the profession.

Natural England: the government’s advisor on the natural environment, providing practical advice, grounded in science, on how best to safeguard England’s natural wealth for the benefit of everyone. They run the Environmental Stewardship schemes, in which we have enrolled in our efforts to conserve 5000 acres of heather moorland and blanket bog.

North Lakes Red Deer Group: coordinates the management of the red deer in the Lake District which are thought to be the only pure bred herd of red deer left in the UK. The group is made up of all the landowners, including Lonsdale and Lowther Estates.

Penrith Anglers Association:  controls around 42.5 miles of riverbank, including several miles of Lonsdale Estates riverbank on the rivers Eden, Eamont and  Lowther.  They manage visitor permits on our behalf.

Penrith and District Red Squirrel Group: a charity promoting the conservation of the red squirrel population in their natural habitat in the Penrith area. A network of volunteers take calls from people who have seen non-native grey squirrels, or sick or injured red squirrels.

Robson and Liddle: chartered surveyors, land agents and valuers across the North of England and Southern Scotland, providing a full range of professional services to the rural community. These services include estate management, valuations, dispute resolution, planning and development,  compulsory purchases, common land and conservation and environment.

Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE):aims to improve competitiveness in the agriculture and forestry sector; safeguard and enhance the rural environment; foster competitive and sustainable rural businesses and thriving rural communities.

University of Cumbria:   previously the Cumbria campus of UCLan and Northumbria University, the Penrith campus became part of the University of Cumbria in August 2007.

This campus brought science and natural resources courses including The National School of Forestry, Conservation Science and Outdoor Studies into the university portfolio at the formation of the University of Cumbria in 2007.

Since July  2011 the further education (FE) provision at Newton Rigg has been managed by Askham Bryan College, a specialist agricultural FE provider. Higher education courses remain part of the University of Cumbria.