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2017 – A Year in Review

December 20th, 2017 by Kath Smith

Well what a year it turned out to be for the HLF Conserving Coniston & Crake project. News came in June that the Heritage Lottery Fund bid had been successful so then it was full steam ahead. The Project Officer and the Communities & Engagement Officer were appointed and work began on delivering the conservation and community projects.    One of the first conservation projects to get under way was at Thurston Outdoor Education Centre with the naturalising of a…

Tree Planting at Thurston

December 19th, 2017 by Kath Smith

The latest practical conservation volunteer work party took place at Thurston Outdoor Education Centre on Monday 18th December. Eight volunteers joined staff from the centre as we planted 120 trees along the banks of their new beck. The beck had been created as part of the hydro works that Thurston had installed last year. The project helped to naturalise  the new channel, adding slights bends, improving the beck bed and reseeding the banks. The channel was also fenced off with…

Practical Conservation Work Party at Torver

December 4th, 2017 by Kath Smith

After weeks of preparation, site visits, paperwork and tea drinking the project’s first official practical conservation volunteer work party day was upon us. The van was packed, lists were ticked and cake made – it was time to go. The sun was shining in Torver but there was a chilly breeze blowing and we were grateful to Les & Molly for letting us give the health & safety briefing in the warmth of their kitchen, fortified by tea & coffee. …

Practical Conservation Work Party

November 16th, 2017 by Kath Smith

We’re having a practical conservation work party on Wednesday 29th November 2017. The main task will be coppicing along the edges of Upper Torver Beck. Meet at 10 am at Park Ground, Torver, please car share if you can as parking is limited. Make sure you wear suitable outdoor clothing, sturdy boots or wellies and bring your lunch and a drink if you’re planning to stay all day. The aim is to finish no later than 3 pm. Please do…

CCCP Core Group back in action

November 9th, 2017 by Kath Smith

Whilst the Conserving Coniston & Crake project was in its development phase the Core Group of the CCCP took a step back, letting a temporary steering group lead on the project. Now that the HLF funded Conserving Coniston & Crake project is up and running the Core Group has reconvened. The first meeting (for some time) took place at the end of October and was really well attended by volunteers, supporters and representatives of key partners and local agencies. They…

Catchment Tour

October 23rd, 2017 by Kath Smith

Wednesday was spent touring the catchment with Coniston & Crake Catchment Partnership members Paul Chamberlain & Les Higgins. The sun shone for most of the day as we checked out potential work tasks to naturalise some of the watercourses through improving gravel beds for trout and salmon spawning,where we could install large woody debris. We identified spots for bird & bat boxes and looked at fish passes that needed re-establishing. We also scouted out places for future events too.

Welcome to the new Conserving Coniston & Crake website!

July 12th, 2016 by Adam Moore

Welcome to Conserving Coniston & Crake! This new and exciting Heritage Lottery Funded Project is currently in development and will hopefully begin in the spring of 2017. Use the website to find out more about the project, how things are going, what events are happening and how you can get involved! If you have questions or feedback for us, we’d love to hear from you.