Flora of the Fells aims to connect people of all ages and backgrounds with Cumbria’s incredible mountain landscapes and habitats through celebration of the county’s floral diversity. Many of these landscapes are of national or international importance, are under threat from climate change and need to be carefully managed if they are to be sustained in the future.
The project has been running as a partnership between Friends of the Lake District and Natural England since 2002 and highlights the value of our uplands for wildlife ‘biodiversity’, landscape, people’s health and well-being, natural resources and the economy.
Local people and visitors are engaged through colourful, informative and accessible publications, and festival events take place across the upland areas of the Lake District and North Pennines. In 2011 and 2012 we ran two successful 'Flora Fell Care Days' - mass volunteering events undertaking work to care for the upland fells; and we'll be running two more in 2013.
Sustainability and climate change are key themes for the project which aims to be as ‘climate-friendly’ as possible, encouraging use of public transport to get to events where ever possible.
Education work is targeting schools and young people, making links with their local natural assets, such as National Nature Reserves and properties owned by Friends of the Lake District.
Flora of the Fells is going from strength to strength each year. So keep an eye on this website and see how you can support the project and join in. You can also register for email updates about upcoming Flora events.
Vision for the future
A major part of the project is to get people thinking about the future and how the habitats and flora of the fells can be conserved and enhanced. Landscape is always changing and there are some exciting things happening in Cumbria’s mountain landscapes today. The Flora of the Fells Project aims to highlight these good ideas and inspire thinking about how the biodiversity and care of our mountain landscapes might be improved in the future.
The project is based on a partnership approach. It is funded by Friends of the Lake District with support from the National Trust, the Lake District Sustainable Development Fund and Nurture Lakeland.
Flora of the Fells events are co-ordinated and promoted by the Flora of the Fells project team and run in conjunction with a wide number of organisations including Friends of the Lake District, the Lake District National Park Authority, the National Trust and Natural England.