Where your money goes.....
It walks upland paths, it talks to school children, it flies across Bassenthwaite, it climbs up trees and eats hazelnuts and (most importantly) it goes to protect. Confused? Well, thanks to the wonderful Nurture members who take part in our Visitor Giving scheme, cheques totalling just under £60,000 are winging their way to 27 inspiring conservation projects across Cumbria – the grateful recipients of money donated by guests and customers.
Your money is helping protect a whole host of landscape, wildlife, access and education projects making a real and tangible difference to looking after what makes Cumbria the truly special place people to visit and live.
Just a few of the projects Visitor Giving money is supporting include Fix the Fells, Red Squirrels Northern England, Orton Community Woodland, Flora of the Fells, Dubwath Silver Meadows, Lake District Osprey project and Ullswater Paths.
Here is what some of the projects have to say about the difference does your money makes to them:
Orton Community Woodland
"The money we've received through Nurture Lakeland's business members has helped plant a willow windbreak on our site this year and has led to other communities following our example.
If what we have done here encourages one farmer to plant just one tree on his land to increase wildlife and biodiversity, I'll be happy."
Rob Willan, whose inspiration the project was...
Experience the River
"Staff at South Cumbria Rivers Trust are very grateful for the continued support of local business partners through the sponsorship scheme run by Nurture Lakeland. The contribution from this and other local businesses and charities allows us to offer six places to local Primary Schools to take part in our three day Experience the River projects. During the summer term of 2012, over 140 children participated and each had the opportunity to spend half a day at their local river, sketching, paddling, sampling, and carrying out an ecological assessment of water quality, supported by class activities before and after the field trip. Local issues were highlighted, which varied considerable in the river catchments ranging from Milnthorpe to Barrow in Furness. Each child finally produced a piece of artwork to record their memories of the river which we hope will heighten their awareness of the importance of rivers both locally and nationally".
Philippa McMurdo SCRT Education Tutor
Fix the Fells
"Our work is carried out to exacting high standards using traditional methods and we rely on funding raised by Nurture Lakeland from the tourism industry. We're hugely grateful for the generous contributions collected from visitors this way. Without this funding, much of the essential work would not be possible.'
Richard Fox, Fix the Fells Ranger.
In a year when money is still tight for many, it's been truly heartening to see that the commitment of our fundraising member businesses combined with the generosity of their customers has seen a rise in donations of nearly 10% compared with last year. Who would have thought that giving money away could feel so good?