Donation helps us carry out work in the Coniston community
An ongoing partnership with a local charity walk has helped us carry out some repair work on a community facility in Coniston.
We received £700 this year from the result of the Keswick to Barrow Walk. The National Trust is one of the 244 different organisations to benefit from the £350,000 donated. This year, the funds have been spent on fencing materials for a new pitch boundary at Coniston Sports Club.
Over recent months there had been several pitch invasions in Coniston, not by loyal fans but livestock from the adjacent fields keen to be part of the action. Unfortunately this was causing damage to the playing surface and so as the neighbouring land owner, along with our tenants Glenn and Dorothy Wilkinson, we have worked with the Keswick to Barrow team to fund and deliver some improvements.
The Keswick to Barrow route passes through the football field and Coniston Sports and Social Club is also the start of the shorter Coniston to Barrow walk.
" We have been working closely with the National Trust and their tenants to further refine the Keswick to Barrow route for 2017 and when these issues were brought to our attention we were pleased we could use some of the donations from 2016 to help them out."
Members of Coniston Football Club were keen to help with the work so they joined members from the south Lakes National Trust team to dismantle the old fence, prior to the rangers installing the new one.
Farm tenant Dorothy Wilkinson added “the fence boundaries around the football pitch had been in desperate need of replacement for a while, and working with Simon, the Area Ranger we put together a plan for the work to minimise the disruption to our livestock management at this busy time of year. As a result we have had the fields back in use again within a week. Coniston FC is an important community sports team and we are glad we could help.”
As well as the new boundary, new stiles have been installed to make it easy for the team to retrieve wayward footballs and prevent future damage to the fence too.
" We hope this is the beginning of a long term relationship with the Keswick to Barrow walk, to support some of the valuable work the Trust undertakes in the Coniston area. The ranger team alongside the Lake District National Park Authority are soon to be upgrading a new section of path for inclusion in the 2017 route and we hope there will be a National Trust team entered in the 2017 walk too. "