1. ITV Report

Lakes conservation project awarded £763k

Coniston Photo: PA

A Trust in the southern Lake District has been awarded funding to run a conservation project at Coniston.

has been awarded to the South Cumbria Rivers Trust.

South Cumbria Rivers Trust has received £763,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to manage the Conserving Coniston & Crake project.

The Trust says the project will improve the catchment’s water quality, habitats and biodiversity through conservation and community engagement.

Coniston Credit: PA

Coniston Water and the Crake Valley is home to some of the country's rarest species, including Atlantic Salmon, Arctic Charr, otters and bats.

But problems such as poor water quality, invasive non-native species and man-made changes to the natural habitats mean that the lake and rivers and their wildlife are under threat.

The Conserving Coniston & Crake project will work alongside the local communities to support the landscape and wildlife which are so important to the history and cultural identity of this beautiful area.

We’re delighted that we’ve received this support thanks to National Lottery players. The Coniston and Crake Valley is a beautiful place to live, and very popular with visitors. However, the lake,river and becks are under threat. This local community project will help raise awareness of the issues and make sure that we have the clean water and habitats to support our native plants and wildlife for the years to come.”

– Charlotte Hall, Conserving Coniston & Crake Project Officer