July 2017 – Fell Foot Community News

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Introducing our Amazing Volunteers…

 If you are at Fell Foot please do say hello to our volunteers – watch this lovely video which our Retail Supervisor, Jo Lord, produced to celebrate our volunteers at Fell Foot during  national Volunteer Week in June: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY1ineH8Z2M&feature=youtu.be

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Fell Foot Project Update

 vols 3Work is progressing well on the first part of the project, which is the build of our new sports facilities – ‘Fell Foot Active Base’. The park is  open as usual over this summer season during the build. The new facilities, jointly funded by Sport England, will be opening spring 2018, And will include new changing rooms and showers for swimmers, sailors, canoers and rowers, also runners, walkers, cyclists and buggy fit – in fact any kind of outdoor sport activity; as well as club and community social space and meeting rooms for training courses, yoga and other activities. There will also be covered and outdoor storage, workshop space and upgrades to the jetties and slipway provision. Keep watching our website and social media for updates. “Visitors can use it as a base for self-led activity, experiencing ‘taster’ sessions for various activities; or they can take the plunge, and join as a seasonal/ annual passholder, if they wish to participate regularly. Pass prices are comparable to other similar facilities in the Lake District and will give access to state of the art amenities.” Steph Byast, Fell Foot Operations Manager.

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Fell Foot Summer of Sport

 Come along and get active in the great outdoors at Fell Foot. We’ve much to offer throughout the school holidays, including Archery sessions on Wednesdays & Thursdays, as well as the opportunity to hire out equipment if you fancy having a good game of tennis, badminton or volleyball. Look out for and sample a wide variety of activities in our weekly programme. From rowboat hire to Parkrun, so many options to make the most of our beautiful surroundings.

Anna Barlow, Sport Development Co-ordinator; Anna.Barlow1@nationaltrust.org.uk

 

Ranger Report

vol 6 Our lakeshore beech tree has stood at Fell Foot for about 250-300years. In this time it has seen the big house come and go and the park turn from a quiet country retreat into the busy park we see on summer days today.  It has lived with the bracket fungi, Ganoderma applanatum, for maybe 100 of those years.The fruiting bodies  can be seen clearly on the root plate of the beech, however it stretches much further inside the tree causing rot in the heartwood.  Over the past few years we have done an annual picus tomograph scan, which records the internal structure of the tree using sound waves.  Sound waves traveling through the wood are affected by the woods elasticity and density. Cavities, disease and rot will reduce this, showing up on the scan results, informing us of the health of the tree. It is with a heavy heart I have to tell you that over recent years we have seen the quick decline of the heartwood as the rot spreads. Over the coming months we are in serious discussions with regional consultants and tree surgeons to come to a decision about the future of our beloved beech tree in relation to the safety of our visitors. Jo Day, Area Ranger joanne.day@nationaltrust.org.uk

 

Don’t miss…

  • Bats and Bangers Walks on Friday nights throughout August. Ranger Jo will lead an evening Bat walk around Fell Foot. Finish the night off with a drink in the Boathouse Café and music
  • National Stone Skimming Championships at Fell Foot on Saturday 19th August.
  • Heritage Open Day – free tours to discover the fascinating stories of Fell Foot, or pick up a family heritage trail on Saturday 9th September.

 

Check out our events pages on the website for more info – https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fell-foot

We look forward to seeing you over the summer.

Kelley Sproston-Heath, Volunteering & Community Involvement Officer kelley.sprostonheath@nationaltrust.org.uk

April 2017 – Fell Foot Community News

Introducing our Visitor Welcome team…

Peter, Membership and Visitor Welcome Manager

I love how Fell Foot feels like everyone’s back garden. There’s space to relax and play, with stunning scenery. The best part of my role is the variety, from helping staff the visitor welcome to pruning the bushes! Something you may not know about me… Several years ago, I won a national medal for winning an Australian Football tournament, playing for my home town of Birmingham!Pete

Adam, Membership Recruiter

I love Fell Foot because it’s a great office! The view is stunning up to the Fairfield Horseshoe, people and their pets love to enjoy the outdoors here… and I like the coffee too! Recruiter’s don’t Adamjust staff the visitor welcome … we help from chopping wood to rowing boat hire. Something you may not know about me… Since moving to the lakes in May 2016 I’ve climbed over 100 Lake District fells.

 

Imogen, Membership RecruiterImogen

I love how peaceful Fell Foot is, and how beautiful it is in all weathers! I’m still very new to this role, but so far I am loving engaging with visitors and meeting new people. And being outdoors all the time too! Something you may not know about me… I’ve got a strong interest in experimental archaeology. For my Master’s thesis, Idesigned,built and fired my own Roman glass furnace and successfully made blue/ green glass!

Interested in lending a hand?

We have all sorts of things you can get involved with if you have some free time to offer,from assisting the boating team;talking to visitors; helping out on events, to supporting the business with administration or fundraising.Come along and meet the team and find out about volunteer ing opportunities. Whether its outdoor or indoor roles you are interested in, please do get in touch with Kelley to find out more details.

Ranger Report

 In February Family Volunteers joined in with our National Trust mass tree planting day. We have some beautiful wood pasture in our NorthFamily

field here at Fell Foot overlooking Windermere, with some big veteran oak trees covered in lichens and bryophytes. Families have planted more trees to vary the age structure in this area to increase biodiversity

and also as future replacements for these current veterans, to retain this vital rare wood pasture habitat. Along with standard trees we have also included a hedgerow that will act as a wildlife corridor linking these areas.

Ranger, Jo Day, will be running a dawn chorus walk starting at Sam on the 10th May. (£5 per person, booking essential please on 015395 31273 or fellfoot@nationaltrust.org.uk ). Jo will also run a fascinating ‘walk and talk’ about our lakeshore habitats on the 14th June at 2pm (no need to book, just turn up, donations welcome).

Summer will see further work to regenerate our precious reedbed. In partnership working with the South Cumbria Rivers Trust we will again be planting up more rhizomes to increase the established bed. This area is already having wildlife benefits as the elusive water rail, a wading lakeshore bird,has been heard throughout the winter.

To celebrate the success of our wildflower meadow, we are also holding a meadow month in July. We will run flower identification workshops, guided walks and children’s activities amongst other things. Please keep an eye out for details and dates in the coming months.

Throughout August we will run our ever popular Bat Walks on Friday nights. Check out the events pages on the website for more info – https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fell-foot

And don’t miss…

 

  • National Go Canoeing Week at Fell Foot on Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th May.
  • National Stone Skimming Championships at Fell Footon Saturday 19t1i August.

Please get in touch for more information, or if you want to find out about other ways to get involved at Fell Foot. We look forward to seeing you over the summer,

Best wishes,

Kelley

 

Kelley Sproston-Heath, Volunteering & Community Involvement Officer kelley.sprostonheath@nationaltrust.org.uk

Fell Foot Neighbourhood Drop-in

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We would like to invite you to our next Local Neighbourhood Drop-in session in the Boathouse café at Fell Foot between 5 and 6.30pm on Thursday 30th March. This is an opportunity to pop in to get an update on developments in the Fell Foot Project, talk with the staff, ask questions and a chance for us to feedback on any quieries raised at the last drop-in session in November.

 

Best wishes,

 

Kelley

 

Kelley Sproston-Heath, Volunteering & Community Involvement Officer for South East Cumbria & Morecambe Bay

kelley.sprostonheath@nationaltrust.org.uk    Fell Foot Park, Tel: 015395 31273

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What’s coming up this Spring?

Interested in lending a hand at Fell Foot? We have all sorts of things you can get involved with if you have some free time to offer, from assisting the boating team, to helping out on events, to supporting the business with administration or fundraising. We are holding some Taster Days in March – a chance to come along and meet the team and find out about volunteering opportunities. Whether its outdoor or indoor roles you are interested in, please do get in touch with Kelley to find out more details.

If you fancy a Mother’s Day treat come down to our Boathouse Café on Saturday 25th or Sunday 26th March. We also have our annual Cadbury’s Easter Trails on Sunday 16th April as part of the longer Spring Discovery Fun Events from Saturday 8th to Sunday 23rd April.

If you’re an early riser, our Ranger Jo Day will be running a dawn chorus walk starting at 5am on the 10th May. It is £5 per person, booking essential please on 015395 31273 or fellfoot@nationaltrust.org.uk . Jo will also run a fascinating ‘walk and talk’ about our lakeshore habitats on the 14th June at 2pm. No need to book, just turn up, donations welcome.

We will again be hosting National Go Canoeing Week at Fell Foot on Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th May.

Please do get in touch for more information, or if want to find out about other ways  you can get involved at Fell Foot then please give me a shout. We look forward to seeing you at Fell Foot soon,

Best wishes,

Kelley

Kelley Sproston-Heath, Volunteering & Community Involvement Officer kelley.sprostonheath@nationaltrust.org.uk

 

Update for Residents

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Dear Resident,

 This is just a quick note to let you know the National Trust is pleased to appoint Cumbrian building contractor Thomas Armstrong Construction Ltd to construct the new water sports facilities.  The majority of this phase of work will be at the north end of the park, though some work on drainage & infrastructure will take place in other areas.   It is anticipated that most construction work will take place Monday to Saturday 0730hrs to 1800hrs. 

 The work is due to commence over the next few weeks and we are aiming to complete this phase of work in November 2017.  During construction the majority of the park will remain open ‘business as usual’ and any discreet periods of business interruption will be noted on our website and by use of local signage within the park.  

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Kelley

 

Casting off…

06-12-2016-ff-watersports-press-releaseWork begins at Fell Foot for new sports facilities, backed by Sport England

This week heralds the start of an exciting new major project at the National Trust’s Fell Foot.

A new sports facility is to be built on the shore of Windermere, thanks to £500,000 of investment from Sport England.

The £1.9 million development is part of a series of improvements to the National Trust-owned site, which include: the restoration of the 19th century boathouses, a new café, landscaping the historic garden area and a small glamping area. These proposals were given planning permission in October 2015 by the Lake District National Park.

Steph Byast, Fell Foot Operations Manager said: ‘We’re excited to say that today sees the start of a project we’ve been discussing and planning for years, with our architects Muf Architecture/Art. Our contractors are Thomas Armstrong Construction and are moving in this week. We’ve been working closely with current and future users, looking at the design plans and practicalities. Materials and services such as heating will be low maintenance, better environmentally and to have a low visual impact in the historic landscape of this fantastic place.  The park will be open as usual over the winter, and fully open from Easter.  The new facilities will be opening October 2017.’    

The new facility will include new changing rooms and showers for swimmers, sailors, canoeists and rowers, also runners, walkers and cyclists in fact any kind of outdoor sport activity; as well as club and community social space and meeting rooms, for training courses, yoga, buggy fit and other activities.

There will also be covered and outdoor storage, workshop space and upgrades to the jetties and slipway provision. The new facilities will continue to provide a base for South Windermere Sailing Club which has been based at Fell Foot since 1961, and Windermere Rowing Club who joined us in 2014.

Mark Fearnley of South Windermere Sailing Club said:

We’re really looking forward to having a new club house and changing facilities, along with much improved launching facilities, a bigger boat park, and more car parking. South Windermere Sailing Club is a thriving family friendly club that provides everything from teaching beginners, through youth coaching, up to highly competitive racing. We hope that these developments will attract a whole new group of members who want to go sailing and racing at this beautiful location.’

Fiona Marley Paterson, Chairman and Founder of Windermere Rowing Club said, “As a new club, establishing the sport of rowing in the South Lakes for the first time, we could only have dreamed of building multi-million pound facilities. Our Learn to Row courses have been incredibly popular and our club has grown to a thriving, active community in two years. Working with the National Trust and other local sport clubs on such an exciting project has allowed us to find more suitable facilities quickly and in exactly the right way: in partnership with other water users. We’re really looking forward to building on the spirit of co-operation that we’ve already begun at Fell Foot and celebrating all our sports under one roof for many more years to come.”

Visitors can use it as a base for self-led activity, experiencing ‘taster’ sessions for various activities; or they can take the plunge, and join as a club member, if they wish to participate regularly.

It will provide easy access to the outdoors and state-of-the art changing facilities. As well as on-the-water activities, Fell Foot is also host to a fast-developing ‘Park Run’ which enables new and experienced runners to experience running together in fantastic safe, surroundings, and also hosts growing sports such as Nordic walking and orienteering.

Gareth Field, National Trust Outdoor Sports Programme Manager said: “The parkrun has become a fantastic community event bringing on average 150 people a week into Fell Foot, for a 5k race, at 9am every Saturday in the main season. Some of those have been so inspired by their surroundings they’ve become regular volunteers at Fell Foot.”

Tom Slater Fell Foot Project Manager said: “We’ve wanted to improve facilities and increase local water sports participation for a long time, and we’re delighted to have that vision supported by Sport England. Fell Foot offers one of few public access points to the lake at the southern end and this development will enable lots of people to experience and enjoy getting out on the water.

Director of Property, Sport England, Charles Johnston said: “We are delighted to provide £500,000 of National Lottery funding to help the National Trust develop this fantastic centre. Offering new customer-friendly facilities, as well as better spaces for storing and accessing boats, Fell Foot can now attract even more people to water sports all year round. Situated at the shore of Lake Windermere, it’s the perfect spot for water sport enthusiasts, and thanks to their offer of taster sessions, it can also be enjoyed by beginners too.”

The lakeshore has been flooded every winter, often experiencing up to 8 ft. of water in the facilities, rendering them out of action for many months and costing thousands to repair. The new building will be sited out of the risk area providing longer term a sustainable and usable building enabling people to use Fell Foot all year round.