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Parkrun is coming to Whinlatter!

Runner in Pitfichie forestParkrun will be starting at Whinlatter towards the end of August and is a weekly timed 5k run that is free to take part in for everyone regardless of ability.

We will need the help of approximately 10 volunteers each Saturday morning from view of the mountains beyond Whinlatter Forest8.30 AM – approx. 10.45 AM. There will be lots of different roles from marshalling the route, timekeeping and scanning the finish line barcodes to back running and sweeping the end of the race to ensure everyone gets home.

Jogger running along a forest trail.


Keswick Parkrun have kindly offered us the opportunity to train Whinlatter volunteers at their event before ours starts.

If you’re interested in helping or would like any further information please contact our Active Forest Coordinator, Sonia Dryden, or call 017687 78127.

Parkrun is a fantastic organisation, more information about it can be found here:


Christmas Trees

Christmas Tree sales will begin at Whinlatter on 1 December. 

For the last few years some of you kindly helped out and it would be great if you are able to assist us again this year.
This will involve unloading trees, helping visitors to choose a tree, wrapping trees etc.

Here are the dates when we’re looking for some extra help:

Saturday 2 December
Sunday 3 December
Saturday 9 December

Possibly also the following weekend, 16th and 17th December, but this will depend on weather and if we have any trees left!

Approximate times each day will be 11am – 3pm.


Please get in touch if you'd like to help out and let me know your preference for date.  We only need 2 to 3 volunteers each day so we will confirm which dates we would like your help after we’ve produced a rota based on everyone’s availability.

This can be physically demanding so please be prepared!  We will provide waterproofs, gloves, a tasty lunch and plenty of hot drinks and biscuits!



Practical conservation work days  

Grizedale Volunteer DaysWe have put together what we hope is a varied and exciting programme of practical sessions for the coming months, working in different areas on lots of different tasks so hopefully there is something to interest everyone! 

Please note that work days may have different meeting points.

We’ve now confirmed dates for winter work days. Firstly we’ll carry out some surveys of areas previously planted by the group, then moving on to beating up (filling in any gaps where trees have failed) and removing any non-native species regeneration.  We also have some new areas to plant around the Sanderson Gill and Hobcarton areas of the forest.

Saturday 4 November – meet at Whinlatter Rangers’ office
Thursday 16 November – meet at Noble Knott car park
Saturday 25 November - meet at Whinlatter Rangers’ office
Thursday 30 November - meet at Whinlatter Rangers’ office
Thursday 7 December - meet at Whinlatter Rangers’ office
Thursday 14 December - meet at Whinlatter Rangers’ office
Thursday 11 January - meet at Whinlatter Rangers’ office
Thursday 25 January - meet at Whinlatter Rangers’ office


Volunteers tree planting at Brows Wood near Whinlatter

Volunteers tree planting at Brows Wood near Whinlatter

You're very welcome to drop in to these sessions but if you haven't been to one before please give us a call at Whinlatter, 017687 78127, so we can get a few details from you and let you know what to expect on the day.

Tools & gloves will be provided but please wear sturdy footwear and bring waterproofs and refreshments.

Contact or tel: 017687 78127 for more information or to sign up to our newsletter.

Dig In for moutain bikingThe Art of Mountain Bike Trail Building

Upcoming dates: 

Saturday 25th November -
Social ride instead of digging, cutting back trees and wackering!  We will be riding the trails and finishing at Siskins café for sandwiches and cake. Please let Paul know if you want to attend by 22 November.

We will be meeting at 10am outside Cyclewise as usual.  This is only open to MTB trail volunteers at Whinlatter
The meeting point for all work parties will be behind Cyclewise at 10am, finishing around 4pm.

Tools and gloves provided but wear sturdy footwear and bring waterproofs and refreshments.

Booking not essential but it is really helpful if you can let us know you are coming, so we can get the right amount of work and tools prepared.
For more information please contact
Progress and photos can be found on the Whinlatter facebook page -

What? Osprey Project VolunteersMale osprey
We are very hopeful that we’ll soon be seeing the Ospreys taking up residence again on the nest at Bassenthwaite.  The birds usually return towards the end of March or early April.  We’re now recruiting volunteers to help out at the outdoor viewing areas at Dodd Wood or in the Visitor Centre at Whinlatter to welcome visitors, provide information and assist visitors with viewing of the birds and their nest. 
When?  Throughout the osprey nesting season, from 1st April to 2nd September
Where?  Dodd Wood and Whinlatter Visitor Centre.   
For more information please contact

Last updated: 19th November 2017

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