Mountainous effort to repair flood damage on an iconic Lake District fell ..
Much loved Lake District fell Cat Bells suffered extensive damage to its paths and suffered landslides when Storm Desmond hit Cumbria last December.
Now, the organisers of the nearby Keswick Mountain Festival and the National Trust have joined forces in a campaign to raise £25,000 for urgent work on the fell.
National Trust Rangers worked around the clock before Christmas to make sure paths remained open for festive and New Year walkers but have now been able to fully assess the true extent of damage to the fell.
One of the first tasks to be undertaken by the National Trust, and supported by Keswick Mountain Festival, was the planting of trees on the steep flank of Cat Bells. Long term, the trees will help to stabilise the very unstable ground as well as helping slow the flow of rainwater down the fell reducing the risk of future landslides.
The campaign is hoping to raise £25,000 for the urgent work needed on Cat Bells on the western shore of Derwentwater near Keswick, which will pay for 950 tonnes of gravel, 30 bags of stone, and the labour and machinery needed - including a helicopter to lift the bags of stone into position - to move them up the fell to repair the paths. Fundraising will take place in the lead up to this year’s festival, which will run from 19-22 May, and during the event itself.
Pictures by NNP staff photographer Paul Kingston for our clients the National Trust and the Keswick Mountain Festival published in the Sunday Sun (Sun. 3rd April) and online on the Chronicle Live and on Grough.co.uk ..