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Hundreds head to Glenridding

Volunteers briefed before heading out Credit: ITV Border

Hundreds of volunteers from across Cumbria are in and around Glenridding today clearing up the landscape.

Using every transport available including canoes, Ullswater ferries, cars and foot they are litter picking, clearing drains and fixing footpaths and walls.

Children from Patterdale Primary School are also involved building bird boxes and hides to watch red squirrels.

Canoeists get ready to leave for their litter picking mission on Ullswater Credit: ITV Border
Getting the litter pickers on board. Credit: ITV Border

Fell care day

More than 19 organisations including two schools and 80 volunteers are taking part in a fell care day in and around Ullswater.

They will undertake a number of activities to make the fells a better place for everyone. Dry stone walling, footpath repair work, lakeshore litter pick on foot and by canoe and clearing gorse and drains on a walks.

The school children will be planting bulbs, coppicing, stream dipping and make bat and bird boxes and creating a squirrel hide out of willow.

Sue Manson, Flora of the Fells Project officer said:

"The Fell Care Day promises to be a great day in celebration of the Lake District Fells, all the benefits they provide and the immense volunteer effort that goes into helping to conserve them.

"The Fell Care Days are a great chance to get fit and do something fulfilling in an amazing setting. We've got volunteers of all ages coming along and it's not too late to join in what promises to be a really good day."

– Sue Mason