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Volunteers rally to give nature 'a helping hand'

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Volunteers in Eden valley are rallying together to carry out a two-year planting programme to re-establish the Woodland Burial Area.

The Eden District Council Bereavement Services and Friends of Alston Cemetery Group will plant two types of wild flowers, to re-develop meadow grasses and attract bees and butterflies to the area.

The first type being the 'meadow collection' including:

  • Ox Eye Daisy
  • Birdsfoot Trefoil
  • Lady’s Bedstraw

The second type including:

  • Primrose
  • Dog Violets
  • Rock rose

Around 200 little plants are expected to be planted, enhancing the wild flower population and also in the hopes of increasing interest to the area.

Local authorities say Appleby Horse Fair preparations going as planned

Local authorities co-ordinating this year's Appleby Horse Fair say planning to ensure the safety of visitors and residents are going as planned.

Many travellers are staying at designated stopping places ahead of the fair, which starts on Thursday, 4 June.

Up to 40,000 travellers are expected to descend into Appleby this week for the week-long annual Appleby Horse Fair.

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Scheme to support nearly 100 apprentice roles in Eden district

Logic Plumbing Heating and Electrical were one of the businesses to benefit from the scheme Credit: Eden District Council

A scheme to support apprentice roles in the Eden district has lead to over 100 new jobs and £125,000 in grants to local businesses over the year.

The scheme, by the Appleby Heritage Centre and Eden District Council supported 57 employers and 62 apprentices. A further 12 businesses and 24 apprenticeship opportunities are being worked on.

Our aim is to grow the economy in Eden. To do this, businesses need access to a skilled workforce. The scheme will support our communities by providing opportunities for young people to gain employment and skills for their future. With so many employers taking advantage of the scheme, we are delighted that we have been able to extend it until March 2018.

– Paul Walker, Business Marketing Office, Eden District Council
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apprenticeships have been supported.

Logic have found the grants a valuable contribution to the cost of employing and training apprentices in the Eden area. They were a factor in deciding to continue to offer apprenticeship opportunities.

– Jim Chalmers, Logic Plumbing Heating and Electrical

Council could move to former Co-op in Penrith

The former Co-op office in Penrith. Credit: ITV Border

Penrith's former Co-op building could be converted into a council headquarters.

Eden District Council is considering moving staff out of Mansion House and the Town Hall and relocating them under one roof.

Local people are being asked for their views on whether the council should make an offer to buy the former Co-op site on Burrowgate.

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Funding available to celebrate Tour of Britain

The women's Tour of Britain took place earlier in the year. Credit: PA

A funding pot of £5,000 is available to communities in Eden who are organising celebrations for the Tour of Britain.

The funding will be available through Eden District Council's Community Fund, and the idea is for it to help local people to celebrate the cycle race, which will pass through the area.

Cycle races like the ToB can engage crowds, bring together communities and create huge economic benefits for an area.

ToB will showcase Eden to a national and international audience and we are sure that our local communities will celebrate the race passing through in style.

The Council has allocated £5,000 from the Eden Community Fund to support ToB community events and activities.

There is up to £500 per parish available, so we would encourage groups within a parish to work together and we look forward to receiving applications from communities across the district.”

– Councillor Mike Slee, Eden District Council

The application form, and details of how to apply for funding, are available on the Council's website.

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