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Flood recovery rangers get to work

New park rangers Photo: Lake District Park

A new team of park rangers have been appointed to repair Storm Desmond flood damage in the Lake District.

The Lake District National Park's Routes to Resilience project will see 10 new rangers fix footpaths and bridges and flood defences.

The £3m project was announced in November 2016, with funding from the Rural Payments Agency. Routes to Resilience is an 18-month project that will:

  • Reinstate 64 bridges
  • Complete surface and drainage work on 102 paths
  • Replace 56 items of access furniture, such as stiles and gates

"We’ve got a lot to achieve within the 18-month timescale, but working alongside the Park Management team, we’re ready for the challenge. I’d like to thank the Rural Payments Agency for this funding and all our partners for their support.

"The team can’t wait to get started and help the Lake District become more resilient for the future, for the benefit of the millions of visitors, locals and businesses who enjoy the park every year.”

– Ged Acton, Routes to Resilience Project Manager