How you can help look after your local lakes
How your busines can help
How you can care for the lakes you love to visit
Latest news and events
Love Your Lakes - New Publication Coming Soon!
31st Oct 2012
Love Your Lakes, in partnership with Windermere Reflections, has sucessfully completed its first year of delivery. We visited over 80 local businesses to adivse them on the measures they can take to reduce their phosphate impact.
Lots of local busineses were more than happy to change to phosphate free products, reflecting the level of responsibility and environmental stewardship in this area. We also spoke at schools, community centres and spread the message via posters, leaflets and even a street campagin!
However, there is still a lot of work to be done. With so many phosphate products available in our local supermarkets we need to encourage more people to check labels and choose phosphate free. In order to do this we will be creating a series of help sheets and a Love Your Lakes handbook to inform local people, visitors and businesses alike about the issuse and numerous solutions.
We're also going to increase our Facebook and Twitter presence, using social media to help spread the message. So please like, follow and spread the phosphate free message for the benefit of our local lakes.
Love Your Lakes Keswick Event
Save ££'s on your water and energy bills
The Love Your Lakes campaign is pleased to be working with The Keswick Tourism Association to deliver this jam pack event. Come along to get your tourist attraction leaflets and to learn more about protecting our beautiful landscape.
Wed 28th March, The Crossthwaite Centre, Keswick
12.30 - 13.15 : Leaflets & Stalls
13.15 - 15.00 : Expert Advice
15.00 - 16.00 : Leaflets & Stalls
LYL Business Event - Save £££££'s on your water and energy bills
The Love Your Lakes campaign is proud to present a jam packed business training event, designed exclusively for local businesses in the Windermere Catchement Area.Tues 28th Feb, The Low Wood, Low wood Bay, Windermere
10.00 - 13.30 : Expert Advice
13.30 - 14.00 : Lunch
14.00 - 15.00 : Market Place
£0 / free / includes buffet
Expert advice form John Barwise of the Cumbrian Green Business Forum.
A ‘market stall’ where businesses can browse various stalls, pick up some freebies and learn more about water efficiency. Exhibitors including Cumbria Eco Energy.
Businesses will share their efficiency examples and the positive benefits their business as enjoyed as a result.
An opportunity to learn more about ‘Love Your Lakes’ improved and how to access phosphate free products.
South Lakeland Parks love their lakes, do you?
Holiday park group South Lakeland Parks has been the first
South Lakeland Parks represents four popular Lake District holiday parks including
Internationally recognised responsible tourism organisation, Nurture Lakeland, is delighted that they have chosen to offer their support.
Being Waters Wise WINS Raymond a Prize!
Congratulations to Raymond Atkinson from Ulverston who has won our ‘which water’s what water’ name that lake competition. Raymond took part in our competition this weekend (Saturday 13th August) at the Lake District’s 60th birthday party at Brockhole.
Love Your Lakes had a great day at the birthday celebrations, hosted by street artists Lakes Alive, letting people know how they can help keep Windermere a clean and healthy environment to enjoy. Amy McLoughlin, Love Your Lakes Adviser, was at the event.
“Love Your Lakes had a great response at the birthday party with many families, both from the local area and holiday, interested to find out more about looking after the lakes they love to use for recreational use. Windermere draws around 5 million visitors each year, drawn by its breath-taking beauty. However, Windermere’s waters needs a little help from its friends, as it’s suffering from a build-up of phosphates. These phosphates are coming from some of the detergents we use in our homes and businesses to wash our clothes and dishes. In order to encourage people to use phosphate free alternatives, we were giving away a sample of detergents people could use and other freebies like leaflets and magnets that give other examples of products to use”.
Raymond has won dinner for two at the Eagle and Child Inn, in Staveley near Windermere. Well done and enjoy!
We are looking for a team of local volunteers who can help us spread the word of the Love Your Lakes campaign. If you have an affinity with the gorgeous Lake Windermere and would like to make sure it stays that way for many, many more years – we want you to share your passion and encourage others to look after our lakes.
Love Your Lakes: The Full Story
2010 was a busy year for the Love Your Lakes Bassenthwaite campaign. Amy at Nurture Lakeland has been pulling together an evaluation of the campaign, the results have been impressive. Not only were we extremely successful in raising awareness but we really did influence people's behaviour and encouraged people to use phosphate free products to help look after our lakes. But what you've all been waiting to hear, did it make a difference to the lake? YES!
Love Your Lakes Book
Love Your Lakes would like to thank everyone who has supported the campaign throughout 2010. This week, a special thank you goes out to everyone who has written poems and drawn gorgeous pictures about our lakes for the Love Your Lakes book (out Friday 17th December).
The book has been published to remind everyone that we can all help love our lakes by using phosphate free detergents in our homes, using less product when we wash our clothes and dishes, and wash less often. The content is a testimony of the love for our lakes from children in and around Keswick.
To look at more entries from the book, visit Facebook