Diver and TV presenter Paul Rose will lead the event at Waterhead

Diver and TV presenter Paul Rose will lead the event at Waterhead

Volunteers will plumb the depths in an upcoming clean-up in a national park.

Members of the Kendal Sub Aqua Club will clear the lake bed of Windermere as part of the planned Fell Care Day on Thursday.

The day of action is the second this year, and follows a successful clean-up day run by conservation charity the Friends of the Lake District around Ullswater last month.

The lake bed clear-up will be led by television presenter, diver and explorer Paul Rose at Waterhead, Ambleside.

Volunteers from Impact International will work with the divers to get the litter out of the water.
The plan is for the litter collected to be used by a local school, working with an artist, to create a piece of art in 2013, helping to raise wider awareness of the importance of improving water quality.

Non-diving volunteers at Windermere Fell Care Day will be taking part in a range of activities from footpath creation work at Wray Castle; drain clearance and path repairs to prevent erosion at Wansfell, Loughrigg, Troutbeck and Miller Ground, Bowness.

There will also be hazel-tree planting and pond digging at Sweden Wood, Ambleside; rebuilding a dry stone wall by the lakeshore at Wray Castle; undertaking a wax cap fungi survey at Heaning Mislet; and wheelchair access works at White Moss Common.

Paul Rose said: “Windermere is a beautiful lake and our clean-up is part of raising awareness of the impact that we have on our environment.

“It’s great that divers can add an extra element to the Friends of the Lake District land-based Fell Care Day and do our bit to look after Windermere.”

Repairs will also take place on Loughrigg

Repairs will also take place on Loughrigg

The Windermere Fell Care Day is being run by the Friends’ Flora of the Fells project and follows their successful Ullswater event, when more than 200 volunteers gave 1,000 hours of their time to conservation work in the Ullswater valley in one day. A litter pick by canoe pulled nine bags of rubbish, a broken gazebo and a sunken canoe from the lake.

The Windermere day will involve 26 groups and organisations, including volunteers and staff from Friends of the Lake District, the Lake District National Park Authority, the National Trust, Natural England, and Windermere Reflections.

The lake-bed clean-up is due to take place between 10.30am and 12.30pm.

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