Category Archives: Cumbria

A ‘little unsuspected paradise’—lost?

In 1796 the poet Thomas Gray extolled the ‘little unsuspected paradise of Grasmere’.  Two centuries later the area faces threats which Gray could not have predicted. For the Lake District National Park seems to be under unprecedented attack.   In the last … Continue reading

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A fence too far

In 1878 the Commons Preservation Society opposed the Manchester Corporation’s scheme to make Thirlmere in the Lake District into a reservoir and use the surrounding commons to collect the water.  Since people had always enjoyed free access to the fells, … Continue reading

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Blencathra friends miss the point

It is sad that the Friends of Blencathra have failed in their bid to buy this magnificent mountain, also known as ‘Saddleback’ in the Lake District National Park, Cumbria.  This majestic place should belong to the community. However, all may … Continue reading

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Quick fix for a prince

The brightly-coloured primulas were being heeled in to the cold flower-beds when we arrived at HF Holidays’ Thorns Hall at Sedbergh, Cumbria.  ‘They’ll be back in the greenhouse this evening,’ the gardeners assured us.  The quick fix was because HRH … Continue reading

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My bird year 2012

When I came to add up the bird species on my list for 2012 I was pleasantly surprised by the total, since I didn’t go to many places, and the weather was unhelpful: 109 seen and four heard. However, I confess that my numbers were … Continue reading

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Government could learn from Our Green Space

Yesterday I spoke at the case study launch and celebratory event for the brilliant Our Green Space project, which has worked with five communities in Cumbria to carry out improvements to their local environment and their green spaces. ‘Village greens … Continue reading

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