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