Weʼre raising £40,000 to stop the desertification of the Lake District by buying old farm land to create natural habitats for flowers, trees and wildlife to return.
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The Lake District is one of Britain’s most beautiful natural landscapes. However, what has longed troubled a large percentage of the millions of people who visit every year, is the lack of wild flower meadows and trees in the valleys and on low slopes, as seen in the photos. Every other mountain range in the world, in similar climate zones, have vast mountain woodlands and abundunt wild flowers. These not only add to the landscape, but also encourage local wildlife to establish themselves.
After reading numerous studies and research papers that show the determental effect sheep farming has on the land, we decided to act. Even without the highlighting the vast open sheep tiolet visitors in the Lake District have to navigate through from mid spring, the sheep also eat all new growth. From tree saplings to flowers everything gets eaten with the policy of opening the land up to grazing every year. It is an issue even they acknowledge is a problem, with info broads as seen;
highlighting the damage thats been done over the 50years to the area by grazing. Despite the acknowledge not enough is being done by to protect public land from this destruction.
Sheep have long been romantised in the Lake District, we agree their historical value both financial and in creating the quaint villages and dry stone walls have added to the Lake District’s charm. However the damage they have done needs redressing. Farms have vast areas of land where their sheep can graze, but by having thier sheep graze on public land they no longer have to provide food for them. As users of the land we only get the drawbacks from this arrangement, with no amounts of wildlife but non-native sheep to view. The have destroyed the landscape of natural living features and habitats of native species.
Our aim is to initially create a charity that buys up cheap, available farm land and turns them into open access wildlife havens. Eventually we hope to become large enough to challenge the open graze policy in the Lake District and enact change either by compensating farmers or buying food to keep sheep on the farms for a few years and encourage growth. It really wouldn’t take long to establish habitats and bring back wildlife to the area. Wild flowers attract pollunators, who in turn attract small mammals and song birds and lastly larger mammals and predatory birds will return.
Thank you for time in reading this and any donations of any value, you can spare, would be most welcomed. Please spread the word of the Lake District‘s immediate enviromental crisis and get invovled in campaigning for better future for our beautiful natural habitats.
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