A totally treetastic start

We’ve had a fantastic start to our tree planting season this year with 80 volunteers joining us at two National Trust sites on the western shore of Windermere where we have already planted way over 1000 trees including juniper, oak, hazel, rowan, hawthorn and yew. Volunteers from the Lake District National Park, the National Trust and Windermere Reflections have all joined forces to create these new woodlands which will help reduce run off and erosion on the hills and improve the biodiversity of the woods … so good news all round.

Thanks too to pupils from Lakes School and Windermere School for their hard work.

We’ve got lots more trees to plant so there’ll be plenty of opportunities to help out in Jan and Feb 2014! Keep a look out on our website or join us on twitter (W_Reflections) and facebook (WindermereReflections) for firm details of where and when to come

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A Christmas Bake Off – at Hawkshead Christmas Fair

Crowds busy Christmas shopping and enjoying the odd spot of mulled wine at Hawkshead Christmas Fair were treated to our Great Lake Bake Off show … our fun street theatre with a serious point. Audiences enjoyed the laughs and came away knowing how they too can do their bit to keep our catchment in rude health. Thanks to volunteers Wendy Young, Sarah Deane and Paul Davies for their superb acting.

See our website for top tips so you can do your bit … and look out for future performances and a filmed version on our you tube channel soon.

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I say have you seen our latest film … it’s a jolly good show!

Helping boaters think green whilst enjoying our beautiful lakes got a fun shot in the arm 1940s/50s style with a play on the old Government Information Films. We think it’s great – check it out (watch out for the moustaches!). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRWC-R57028

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Thanks for joining us!

Originally a thank you event for our volunteers, our Christmas ‘shin dig’ on the 6th December turned into a great event where volunteers and other locals got together to celebrate our beautiful catchment through poetry, a quirky quiz, some great live music from local musicians, and a rendition of the Windermere Song with full audience participation! There was also a performance of our ‘Great Lake Bake Off’ street theatre which went down a treat! We all enjoyed a thoroughly social evening at Bilbo’s cafe in Ambleside where folk enjoyed good food and a glass of Windermere Reflections beer ‘Mere Gold’.

So a BIG thank you to all our fabulous volunteers … we couldn’t do it without you … those who were able to join us and those who weren’t … if you haven’t joined their ranks yet there’s plenty to do so get in touch and see you in 2014!

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