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The hunt is on for Lake District volunteers

The Lake District National park is on the hunt for volunteers.

They're looking for 30 people aged 18 and over who want to improve their countryside and environmental skills while gaining qualifications along the way.

Backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund has meant the Lake District National Park is able to recruiting volunteers for their Fell Futures project.

Volunteers will work alongside members of staff in an attempt to revive dwindling traditional skills and train the next generation of countryside workers.

“We want volunteers to work with our level three apprentices so they can learn together and support rangers in their widespread tasks. Alongside practical training, volunteers can go for formal qualifications in a range of widely recognised certificated courses.

“Becoming a Fell Futures’ volunteer is a great way to learn about the Lake District and support our work. It’s a very important role and will bring invaluable experience and new opportunities.”

– Dylan Jackman, Lake District National Park

Experience is not necessary but a reasonable level of strength and fitness will be needed carry out some of the more demanding jobs.

To find out more you can visit the Lake District National Park website.

New project to help children explore the Lake District

Mini-Trekkers will let young children explore the Lake District National Park Credit: Lake District National Park

The Lake District National Park is running a new scheme to get more young children exploring the outdoors.

Mini-Trekkers will see children under seven-years-old get the chance to get active for free right, joining nature walks and activities in Bowness, Grasmere and Keswick.

The action is due to start at 10:00 on Tuesday, 5 August and will run until noon.

The first come, first served events will include natural art, going on a scavenger hunt and a rucksack rummage.

“This is a very exciting first for us. All the events are being run by our enthusiastic volunteers, who will be sharing their passion for the iconic Lakes’ landscape.

“These new kids’ adventures will allow children to discover the natural world and are designed to be an early introduction to the fells and landscapes.”

– Annie Duckworth, Volunteer co-ordinator at The Lake District National Park

For more information you can visit the Lake District National Park website.

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Fell-top walk up Helvellyn goes under the hammer

The chance to walk up Helvellyn with the Lake District National Park's Fell Top Assessors is being auctioned on the internet site eBay.

The nine walks that were available to buy have now been sold while the chance to write your report on the Weatherline website is up for the highest bidder.

It costs around £11,000 to run the site each year and the National Park thinks it should be funding, rather than relying on public money.

It is hoped the sales will fund the website for most of the year.

Barn conversions barred in national parks

The government has decided not to relax the rules on converting barns in national parks, like the Lake District.

There had been a concern that allowing development to become easier could cause "irreversible harm" to the countryside.

The Government has agreed to ease the regulations outside the national parks but to keep the existing rules within them.

National Park authorities have welcomed the announcement.

Ferry Nab planning application rejected

Proposals for a major development at Ferry Nab at Windermere have been rejected by the Lake District National Park Authority.

The application to build near Windermere has been rejected Credit: Alison Leddy

South Lakeland District Council wanted to create new buildings, better jetties and more parking as part of a 2 million pound project.

The council will consider an appeal or revising the planning application.

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Fears over 'brain drain' in Lake District

Lake District National Park rangers have asked young people if there is enough for them to do in Cumbria. The answer was largely no.

The result is many cannot see any other option than moving away for work or training which could leave a brain drain in the county as young people choose to head south instead.

The National Park has started to address their concerns by getting a group of just over 20 together for a fun day, while hearing what the main barriers are for them enjoying life in South Cumbria and staying here when they are older.

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