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