The Lake District National Park Authority has agreed to lease Glenridding Common to the John Muir Trust for three years. Read the latest update.
At the Lake District National Park’s Authority meeting on 14 December 2016, its Members considered a proposal to lease Glenridding Common to the John Muir Trust. It recognises there are a range of people and organisations that have an interest in the future of this piece of the Lake District. As a result its Members agreed to an initial three-month consultation with the community, commencing early in 2017, to allow people to understand more about this proposal. This involves discussions with the two commoners who graze the land, the Parish Council and representatives from the farming community, to ensure they are updated at every stage. Feedback from this consultation, being led by the Lake District Park Authority and in partnership with the Trust, will inform the Lake District National Park Authority Members’ consideration of next steps.
What is the background to this consultation?
Following discussions in September 2014, where the Lake District National Park Authority shared its plans to review its property holdings with a wide range of organisations and stakeholders, the Trust made an approach to discuss specific properties. This was welcomed and subsequently those discussions came to focus on Glenridding Common in the Lake District - an area of exceptional beauty and wild land qualities that includes the summit of Helvellyn, along with Striding Edge (pictured) and Swirral Edge.
What are the Trust's hopes and intentions?
If the Trust does get the opportunity to manage the special landscape of Glenridding Common, we will strive to work with all interested parties to protect and enhance the ecosystem while respecting its cultural traditions, including farming practices, recognising this is a key part of the Lake District's bid to be a World Heritage Site.
- As part of the consultation, the Trust has developed a Glenridding Common Management Plan
- Read information on the consultation, frequently asked questions and how to be kept informed on the Lake District National Park website.
- Some information on why the Trust is excited about the potential of managing land in the Lake District and what we believe we can offer - read our Glenridding Common FAQs.
- See the area being discussed in the consultation - view a map of Glenridding Common.
Meet Pete Barron
The newest member of our land team, Pete has lived and worked in the Lake District for most of his life. He has worked as a ranger with the Lake District National Park Authority for the past 23 years. His work included upland management, fell path maintenance, raptor protection and supervising volunteers. His role will see him meeting, talking with and listening to local people, groups and organisations. Pete has been supporting the Trust to develop a draft land management plan for Glenridding Common that is being shared as part of the consultation.
Use the form below to send Pete any questions you have about our proposed work at Glenridding Common.