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Lake District farm providing eggs for major firms

The Lakes Free Range Egg Company provide eggs for McDonalds Credit: ITV News Border

The Lakes Free Range Egg Company began just 18 years ago, with 200 chickens.

Now it produces two million eggs every year and supplies to major firms like Saindbury's, Tesco and McDonalds.

Despite growing considerably in size owners Helen and David Brasstheir's main ethos of animal welfare and traceability still stands.

Helen and David Brasstheir are owners of The Lakes Free Range Egg Company Credit: ITV News Border

Every egg is printed with a unique code, which means when you type it into their website you can find out lot of information about where it's come from.

The company employs 75 people at their main headquarters near Penrith, and around 100 more throughout the farms they collect from.


New president for Friends of the Lake District

The Friends of the Lake District have elected a new president, Sir Martin Holdgate.

Sir Martin Holdgate is an environmental scientist and international conservationist who became Director General of IUCN (the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) in 1988.

He has lived in Cumbria since 2000 and has been an active member of the Friends of the Lake District Key Supporters' Group since then.

"Last year Natural England made Designation Orders that would add some wonderful country between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales to the two National Parks. We have been waiting for this since 1946 when the importance of that countryside was recognised in the Hobhouse Report.

"Last year the Friends played an active part in a public inquiry on those extensions, and the report has been with the Secretary of State for six months. Please, Ms Truss, get on with it and confirm the National Park extensions!"

– Sir Martin Holdgate, President of The Friends of the Lake District

More volunteers need to inspire future land managers

A training scheme to revive declining rural skills is looking for inspirational mentors.

The Lake District National Park’s Fell Futures project is backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and helps 16 to 23-year olds gain experience in conservation, landscape management or outdoor education.

There are currently nine people on the scheme but it's organisers say they need more volunteers to help pass on their understanding of countryside needs and actions to apprentices.

“Literally, we just need five days over the next year from people with the relevant knowledge and background. Through workshops and field visits they will share their own talents and experiences.

“This is a great opportunity to inspire the next generation of Lake District land managers.”

– Matt Eaves, Apprenticeship supervisor

Boats cut adrift on Windermere

The Coastguard has criticised the vandals who set two boats adrift on Windermere. The motorboats were set loose in the Ferry Nab area of the lake this morning. The coastguard, police and lake wardens were all scrambled to the scene after reports there could've been someone on board. A spokesman for the Coastguard said the incident had diverted resources away from any other serious incidents that might have been happening elsewhere at the time. It's not clear who set the boats adrift but a collapsed tent and a quantity of alcohol was found on the shoreline nearby. The Coastguard is responsible for safety and other emergencies on the lakes in the Lake District. The Windermere Lake Wardens are there to patrol and look after the lake and provide support for agencies like the Coastguard, police and others.

£3000 funding for new cycle routes in Lake District

£3,000 of funding had been put towards new cycle routes in the Lake District.

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC), Cumbria County Council and the Go Lakes Travel Programme have grouped together to produce six 'Sky Ride' local bike rides and a ride leader training course in Kendal.

The funding from SLDC has come from a £29,000 grant from the Department for the Environment and Rural Affairs.

The partnership is part of the council’s Go Easy campaign, which is designed to encourage people to make changes to their daily travel routines for the good of the environment and themselves.

Sky Rides are free bike rides guided by British Cycling Ride Leaders along scenic planned routes.

The rides take place in South Lakeland throughout the spring and summer.


Giant poppy to mark anniversary of First World War

The poppy maze measures 150 meters by 175 meters Credit: Lakeland Maze Farm Park

A giant poppy measuring 150 meters by 175 meters has been planted in the Lake District to mark the anniversary of the First World War.

The Lakeland Maize Maze, at Sedgwick near Kendal in Cumbria, has made the poppy emblem its design for 2014.

The attraction was the Maize Maze of the Year in both 2011 and 2013 and expects over 18,000 visitors to walk through its poppy design this year when it opens on Saturday, 19 July.

For more information about the maze you can visit the Lakeland Maize Maze website by clicking here.

BREAKING: Blencathra listed as a community asset

Blencathra has been listed as a community asset by Eden District Council.

The sale of the Cumbrian fell was agreed with an unnamed bidder for more than the asking price of £1.75 million on Friday.

Community group Friends of Blencathra were disappointed not to win the sale but say they are delighted the mountain has been designated a community asset.

Friends of Blencathra: "As far as we're concerned, negotiations are still open"

The Friends of Blencathra, the community group trying to buying the Lake District mountain, has responded to reports it has been sold to an 'unnamed party'.

This announcement has yet to be confirmed to us or to our legal representatives by the agents acting for the Lonsdale Estate. Until then, we are still campaigning and still going strong. As far as we are concerned, negotiations are still open. Yesterday, our representatives offered to match one particular bid, and our understanding was that this was being looked upon favourably".

– Group Chair Debbie Cosgrove

For the moment, for Friends of Blencathra it is business as usual. We have yet to be formally advised that negotiations are over. We continue to fundraise, to strengthen our position, and new members are still joining us. Whatever the outcome of the next few days may be, we are a group of people who care passionately about Blencathra and the future. We are continuing with our application to have Blencathra listed as a Community Asset."

– Treasurer David Farrar
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