As an organisation, English Lakes take our responsibility to the environment seriously. This is about striking the right balance between short-term economic interests and the long-term health of the local environment. Over the last sixteen years we have worked in close association with Nurture Lakeland to minimise the negative impacts of tourism, whilst maximising the positive effects of tourism on the local economic, social and environmental causes.
Nurture Lakeland is a charity set up to protect the landscape and environment of Cumbria and the Lake District. They represent 1,200 individual businesses of all sizes. Money donated supports a vast range of projects. The beauty of the local landscape and wonderful wildlife are enjoyed by millions of visitors each year, but the effect of this footfall does have an impact upon the environment which must be addressed and this costs money. One simple and effective way that Nurture Lakeland encourage is Visitor Giving, spreading the cost of the vital work as broadly as possible, proving that if everybody gives a little it does, indeed, go a long way.
Visitor Giving at English Lakes
At English Lakes we invite each guest to give a voluntary donation of £1 at the end of their stay. Most folks are happy to contribute in the knowledge that the money raised is working hard to protect and maintain the landscape for future generations.
The money raised is used to support a whole host of projects across Cumbria, delivered by many committed organisations who are working hard to protect our beautiful landscape, support our local communities and promote our wonderful heritage.
"It is a pleasure to work with English Lakes in the campaign for sustainable tourism in the whole area. The contribution they make to conservation is outstanding"
Sue Savage, Director, Nurture Lakeland
Each of our five properties achieved Gold certification for excellence in the Green Tourism Business Awards with the elevation of both Waterhead and The Midland joining our other three properties with the highest level awarded by Green Tourism.