A £1.96 million lift for vital high-level Lake District path repairs will heal Bassenthwaite’s troubled waters.
An announcement by the Heritage Lottery Fund that it was throwing a hefty cash lifeline to Fix the Fells (An innovative project to repair badly damaged fell routes) will help action plans to restore the lake’s water quality.
Welcoming HLF’s ” considerable support”, manager of Bassenthwaite Lake Restoration Programme John Pinder said erosion was a significant culprit in causing harmful lake sediment.
“A quarter of the Lake District is in our catchment area and what happens on the fells affects what happens in the lake” he explained. “Millions of walkers take their toll on the hills and, as paths become eroded, loose soil enters water courses ending up in Bassenthwaite.
“By repairing 70 of the most serious erosion cases, HLF’s money will restore the landscape for future generations and help us into the bargin”, said John.
Pollution and Sediment in Bassenthwaite are affecting some of the country’s best wildlife. In addition to HLF’s £1.96 grant to Fix the Fells another £1.85m was given to Bassentwaite Reflections for 22 landscape community schemes.
“HLF has signalled strong, support for two rescue schemes which, thanks to its generosity, can now spend over £3.8 millon on preserving the heritage of the Lake District” added John.
Fix the Fells is run by a partnership of the Lake District National Park Authority, National Trust and Natural England.
Bassenthwaite Lake Restoration Programme is part of the still Water Partnership which is made up of the Environment Agency, Lake District National Park Authority, National Trust, Natural England, United Utilites, Forest Commisson, Cumbria Tourism, Coumbria County Council.