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planetFear - News - Vote to Fix the Fells

Vote to Fix the Fells

Report by Nik Cook
Monday 25th March 2013

 

Have your vote to secure this grant funding for our own UK hills. 

Supported by Alpin magazine in Germany for the third year running, this category contains those projects located in some of the tallest, steepest, coldest, most inaccessible and most breathtaking areas of the world. 5 projects are all asking for your help in gaining support from the European Outdoor Conservation Association in 2013. Vote now at the website below to bring the funds to the Lake District.

Website: http://www.nurturelakeland.org,http://www.fixthefells.co.uk

 

The Lake District National Park draws over 15 million visitors each year, many of whom come to walk the popular high mountain paths. A favourite ascent of Fairfield, is the path leading up from Grisedale Tarn. Erosion through high footwall has lead to loss of vegetation, which, combined with heavy rain is causing serious washout of the peaty soil, releasing carbon stored within it, and causing siltation of the tarn below which supports breeding fish. Left unabated, this will cause increasingly serious impacts for the fragile mountain ecosystem in this area, which is very important biologically for its number of rare arctic alpine species, and diversity of its acid grassland communities. As well as repairing this section of footpath, a large component of this project is also the training of new volunteers, to work on this, and 50 other paths requiring maintenance in the Lake District.

 

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