Lower Duddon partnership funding secured

The Lower Duddon catchment has secured funding for environmental work, through a new partnership of South Cumbria Rivers Trust, Sustainable Duddon, Duddon River Association and the South Lakes Red Squirrel Group. The partnership has received £24,000 from Cumberland Council as part of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund & Rural England Prosperity Fund.

The partnership aims to develop a baseline measurement in order to establish ‘SMART’ objectives for subsequent interventions. Interventions will be aimed at improving biodiversity, resilience and improving the amenity value of the landscape for the local community and visitors. This will happen in conjunction with enhancing environmental ecosystems within the catchment area.

This partnership project will focus its efforts on the Lower Duddon Valley and associated catchment areas, with the initial phase in the area west of the main river. This is based on the Environment Agency’s Duddon Operational Catchment Area.

The project will ensure that, rather than losing the benefits and outcomes of the Upper Duddon Landscape Recovery project below Dunnerdale Bridge, these benefits provide a wider additional benefit to Cumberland and the community around the Lower Duddon.

Interested in volunteering for the partnership? Please contact Rick Browne on browne_rick@hotmail.com