Call For Helvellyn Volunteers

Landscape conservation charity Friends of the Lake District's Flora of the Fells project is looking for volunteers to take part in a large scale volunteering event at Helvellyn in September.

Helvellyn - needs a lot of looking after, 138 kb
Helvellyn - needs a lot of looking after
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The charity is organizing the 'Fell Care Day' at Helvellyn on Thursday 29 September to highlight the huge role volunteering plays in conserving and managing the fells. It expects more than 25 organizations including schools and a hundred volunteers to take part.

The Fell Care Day will involve practical conservation activities and awareness raising about managing the land and water and the benefits the fells provide for us all. They will also celebrate 2011 as the European Year of Volunteering, the 60th Birthday of the Lake District National Park, and the International Year of Forests.

Volunteers will be undertaking a range of tasks on and around Helvellyn - footpath repair work, surveying red squirrels, rebuilding a sheepfold and a squirrel hide, tree conservation work and litter picks on Swirral (not squirrel) Edge and Striding Edge.

Volunteer groups from local schools, the Lake District National Park, Mosaic project, United Utilities, the Dry Stone Walling Association, Natural England, Grasmere Red Squirrel Group, North West Deer Initiative, 2020 Vision Project, Fix the Fells and Friends of the Lake District will all be taking part. And there'll be free cake.

Sue Manson, Flora of the Fells Project Officer said:

'We're looking for volunteers with reasonable fitness and mobility, super fit volunteers for working a high level on steep slopes, experienced drystone wallers, and people to help us make films of the day. If you enjoy meeting people and raising awareness about the fells and conservation – or baking cakes - then we'd love you to be involved too.'

'The Fell Care Day promises to be a great day in celebration of the Lake District Fells, all they provide for us and the immense volunteer effort that goes into helping to conserve them.'

The charity is running a second Fell Care Day in Ennerdale on Tuesday 18 October.

If you are an individual, group or business interested in volunteering on either day please contact Sue Manson, Flora Events and Communications Officer by email or on 01539 733187

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