Supporting local conservation

We are proud to be working in partnership with Nurture Lakeland to support these three local conservation projects.

Red Squirrels Northern England

The red squirrel is our only native British squirrel but is at serious risk of extinction if population numbers continue to decline. The main cause of this decline is competition with the American grey squirrel, an introduced species which is larger than the red and better able to survive harsh weather and occasional food shortages. It also breeds more successfully and quickly out-competes its red cousin for food.

Cumbria is one of the few counties in the country where red squirrels can still be seen - if you are lucky you may even spot one in the Merewood grounds! The Red Squirrels Northern England project is working to protect and increase numbers of these iconic creatures.

Fix the Fells

Over 10 million feet tread our upland fell paths every year, which adds up to a lot of wear and tear. Fix the Fells is a partnership project to repair and maintain eroded paths in the Lake District.

Essential practical repairs and maintenance are undertaken by expert footpath workers and lots of willing volunteers! You can see the great improvements that have been made to our paths at Gowbarrow, Blencathra, Helvellyn and Place Fell. The paths will always be walked and the rain will always fall! So it is vital that work to prevent further erosion and damage to this outstanding area carries on.

Love Your Lakes

Love Your Lakes aims to reduce harmful phosphates in the lake by encouraging people to use phosphate free laundry and dishwashing products. Phosphates encourage the growth of blue green algae in the lakes which is bad news for people, wildlife and pets. The donated money will support the campaign to inform more local people, businesses and visitors about the issue and the steps they can take to help reduce harmful phosphates.

How your stay can help…

When you check out from your stay with us, an optional £2 contribution will be added to your account which will go towards vital projects to help protect the Lakeland environment for years to come. Please visit the Nurture Lakeland website for more information about the Visit, Give, Protect project.