Windermere Gets a Deep Clean

Windermere might have been only 4oC on 2nd March but that didn’t deter 265 divers who gathered in Bowness to take part in the Debris Dive; organised by diver and TV presenter Paul Rose, Impact International, Kendal and Lakes Sub Aqua and Friends of the Lake District. The divers were joined by 40 volunteers responsible for sorting the tons of rubbish once it was landed. Now as part of our Secrete Windermere project the rubbish is to be transformed into art work! Friends of the Lake District have commissioned artist Jac Scott to work with Langdale and Hawkshead primary schools, to explore issues around water quality and rubbish, and create sculptures that will be publicly exhibited. Secret Windermere is the first of our projects to draw to a close, there’ll be a Celebration Event at Wray Castle on June 8th with family activities, an exhibition of work created by schools and the sculptures from debris dive rubbish. Hopefully the wide publicity the Dive achieved is a reminder to us all that a clean Windermere is a happy Windermere! A big thank you to all the divers and organisers and a plea to please dispose of your rubbish properly so it doesn’t end up in the lake.

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