Fix the Fells, UK
The Lake District National Park draws over 15 million visitors each year, many of whom
come to walk the popular high mountain paths. A favourite ascent of Fairfield, is the path
leading up from Grisedale Tarn. Erosion through high footwall has lead to loss of vegetation,
which, combined with heavy rain is causing serious washout of the peaty soil, releasing
carbon stored within it, and causing siltation of the tarn below which supports breeding fish.
Left unabated, this will cause increasingly serious impacts for the fragile mountain
ecosystem in this area, which is very important biologically for its number of rare arctic
alpine species, and diversity of its acid grassland communities. As well as repairing this section of footpath, a large component of this project is also the training of new volunteers, to work on this, and 50 other paths requiring maintenance in the Lake District.