Our Green Space, a Cumbria-wide project was developed and managed in partnership by Friends of the Lake District (FLD) and Action with Communities in Cumbria (ACT).

It was funded by the Heritage Lottery ‘Your Heritage’ grant scheme and Friends of the Lake District and run with the support of many other individuals and organisations. The project employed two part time Project Officers and initially ran from January 2008 to December 2010 but was subsequently extended to December 2011.

Partner contacts and links


The Partners Contact section is intended to include contacts and information that can help communities develop their skills and capacity. The contacts here are members of the OGS steering group, and bring to the project their wide ranging experience. You can click onto their link for further information.

Action with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) 

Working with the people and communities of Cumbria to realise their potential 

Delivering: Community Solutions, Engagement Solutions, Community Advocacy and Enterprise Solutions  

Contact: Alison Gerke. The Old Stables, Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0DT.  Tel 01768-840827    Fax 01768-242134 

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Cumbria Association of Local Councils (CALC)   

Run by local councils for the benefit of local councils. It aims to assist councils in their day-to-day work and to represent their interests. 

Contact: Amanda Mccleery, Cumbria Association of Local Councils, c/oCommunity Unit, County Offices, KENDAL, LA9 4RQ, telephone (01539) 713185 

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The CALC publication "A Guide to Planning for Town and Parish Councils and Parish Meetings" is on the website,  but, as we are membership organisation (parish councils pay an annual fee) it is in the part of the website for members only (you have a name and password).  A copy has gone out to every parish clerk in Cumbria, and other people can purchase them for £4 from the CALC office in Penrith.


Cumbria County Council

The Council is an elected authority which provides a range of services for local people, visitors and the business community. We are committed to supporting local communities in Cumbria.

Contact: David Stephens, Porgramme Manager, Rural Inclusion and Parish Sector, Cumbria County Council, County Hall, Kendal. tel 01539 713 436

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Cumbria Council for Voluntary Services (CVS)

Cumbria CVS was formed in 2007 following the merger of 5 CVS in Cumbria. Cumbria CVS is a not for profit organisation that provides support to Third Sector groups in Cumbria. There are 5 local bases in Cumbria:

Contact: Lisa Millard,Development Officer, Cumbria CVS, Barrow-in-Furness, 72-74 Scott Street, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA14 1QE Tel 01229 823144

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Cumbria Wildlife Trust (CWT)

Cumbria Wildlife Trust is the only voluntary organisation devoted solely to the conservation of the wildlife and wildplaces of Cumbria. The Trust stands up for wildlife, creates wildlife havens, and seeks to raise environmental awareness.

Contact: Izzy Thorne, Plumgarths,Crook Road, Kendal LA8 8LX. tel 01539816300 fax 01539 816301

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Friends of the Lake District (FLD)

Formed in 1934, Friends of the Lake District work to protect and enhance the special qualities of the distinctive and inspirational landscapes of Cumbria and the Lake District.

Contact: FLD, Murley Moss, Oxenholme Road, Kendal, LA9 7SS. tel 01539 720788

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Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund gives grants to sustain and transform our heritage. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions we invest in every part of our diverse heritage.

Contact: 9th Floor, 82 King Street, Manchester, M2 4WQ. tel 0161 831 0850

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Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA)

The Lake District National Park wants a National Park for furure generations. A prosperous economy,world class visitor experience and vibrant communities all sustaining the spectacular landscape.

Contact: Clive Whickam, LDNPA, Murley Moss, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 7RL tel 01539 724555 fax 01539 740822

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National Trust (NT)

We protect and open to the public over 300 historic houses and gardens and 49 industrial monuments and mills.

But it doesn’t stop there. We also look after forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, downs, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, castles, nature reserves, villages - for ever, for everyone.

Contact: Ruth Williams, Lake District Community Links Officer, The Hollens, Grasmere, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9QZ. Tel 0870 609 5391 Fax 015394 35353

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Land Ownership and Registration

Land Registry Office:

  • Guarantees the title to registered land in England and Wales.
  • Holds records for land ownership and interests.

Land Registry (Durham) Office
Southfield House,
Southfield Way,
Durham DH 1 5TR

Tel: 0191 301 3500
Web: www.landregistry.gsi.gov.uk 

Commons Registration Service:

  • Cumbria County Council maintains the register of common land and village greens.
  • Responds to applications for searches of the register.

Cumbria County Council,
The Courts,
Carlisle CA3 8LZ

Email: commonsregistration@cumbriacc.gov.uk

Cumbria County Council Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping Town and Village Greens:

  • To check on the registered status of your village greens and to access a map of your village greens go to: www.gis1.cumbria.gov.uk/eggp/custom/shelllauncher.asp
  • Then click on: Search Tools (top left green menu), and enter the name of your village green and click on 'Go'.

Cumbria County Council

Provides a range of resources for people, visitors and businesses including:

  • Commons Registration
  • Countryside Access
  • Historic Environment
  • Landscape Conservation
  • Planning
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sustainability and Biodiversity.

Neighbourhood Development Team

The Courts, Carlisle CA3 8NA

Tel: 01228 606060
Email: info@cumbria.gov.uk
Web: www.cumbria.gov.uk

PINS - Planning Inspectorate

Deals with applications relating to works on common land, exchange, etc

The Planning Inspectorate,
Commons and Greens Protection Team,
Room 4/05, 2 The Square,
Temple Quay House,
Temple Quay,
Bristol BS1 6PN

Email: commonlandcasework@pins.gsi.gov.uk
Web: www.planning-inspectorate.gov.uk/pins/

Local Authority Planning Offices

Allerdale Borough Council

Allerdale House,
Workington CA14 3YJ

Tel: 01900 702702
Email: planning@allerdale.gov.uk

Barrow Borough Council:

Town Hall,
Duke Street,
Barrow-in-Furness LA14 2LD

Tel: 01229 876375
Email: planning@barrowbc.gov.uk

Carlisle City Council:

Civic Centre,
Carlisle CA3 8QG

Tel: 01228 817179
Email: dc@carlisle.gov.uk

Copeland Borough Council:

The Copeland Centre,
Catherine Street,
Whitehaven CA28 7SJ

Tel: 0845 054 8600
Email: info@copelandbc.gov.uk

Eden District Council:

Mansion House,
Penrith CA11 7YG
Tel: 01768 817817

Email: econ.dev@eden.gov.uk

South Lakeland District Council:

South Lakeland House,
Lowther Street,
Kendal LA9 4UF

Tel: 01539 717335 or 01539 717358
Email: Development.Control@southlakeland.gov.uk

Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA):

Development Control Administration Team,
Murley Moss,
Oxenholme Road,
Kendal LA9 7RL

Tel: 01539 724555

Email: planning@lake-district.gov.uk
Web: www.lake-district.gov.uk

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA):

Planning Service,
Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority,
Leyburn, DL8 3EL

Tel: 01969 652345
Web: www.yorkshiredales.org.uk


The UK Government department tasked with issues such as the environment, rural development, the countryside, wildlife and animal welfare.

Tel: 08459 33 55 77 helpline
Web: www.defra.gov.uk


MAGIC was the first web-based interactive map to bring together information on key environmental schemes and designations in one place. MAGIC is a partnership project involving six government organisations who have responsibilities for rural policy-making and management, and although it has been designed to meet the needs of the partner organisations, the facility is available to anyone over the Internet. Lots of useful environmental information available.

Web: http://magic.defra.gov.uk/

Cumbria County Council Archives:

Web: www.cumbria.gov.uk/archives/recordoffices/knrec.asp

Natural England:

Protecting and improving the natural environment in England

Murley Moss,
Oxenholme Rd,
Kendal LA9 7RL

Tel: 01539 792800
Email: cumbria@naturalengland.org.uk
Web: www.naturalengland.org.uk

Open Spaces Society:

Protecting open spaces, common land, village greens and public paths

25a Bell Street,
Oxfordshire RG9 2BA
Tel: 01491 573535

Email: hq@oss.org.uk
Web: www.oss.org.uk

Community organisations

Not for profit, third sector organisations delivering community, advocacy and enterprise solutions.

Action with Communities in Cumbria (ACT):

  • Working with the people and communities of Cumbria to realise their potential

Development Officers
The Old Stables,
Penrith CA 11 0DT

Tel: 01768 840827
Web: www.cumbriaaction.org.uk

Cumbria Council for Voluntary Services (CV S):

  • Cumbria CVS offers help, advice, training and support to third sector groups throughout Cumbria, whether established or starting out.

6 Hobson Court,
Gillan Way,
Penrith, CA11 9GQ

Tel: 01768 800350
Web: www.cumbriacvs.org.uk

Cumbria's Association of Local Councils (CA LC):

  • Information about Town and Parish Councils and Parish Meetings in Cumbria Library

St Andrew's Churchyard,
Penrith CA 11 7YA
Tel: 01768 812141

Email: office@calc.org.uk
Web: www.calc.org.uk

Community Insurance Aon Limited:

  • Has an agreement with National Association of Local Councils (NALC)
  • for local council insurance

The Local Councils Team,
Aon Ltd,
Insurance House,
125/129 Vaughan Way,
Leicester. LE1 4SB

Tel: 0845 753 7070
Email: localcouncils@aon.co.uk
Web: www.aon.com

Wildlife and landscape organisations

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs)

There are three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Cumbria. These are nationally protected landscapes of special importance. Work with others to conserve and enhance the unique landscape, natural, wildlife and historic character of each area. Can offer communities support and grants.

North Pennines AONB:

Martin St
Bishop Auckland DL13 2UY

Tel: 013885 28801
Web: www.northpennines.org.uk

Solway Coast AONB:

Solway Coast Discovery Centre
Liddell Street
Silloth, CA7 4DD

Tel: 01697 333055
Web: www.solwaycoastaonb.org.uk

Arnside and Silverdale AONB:

The Old Station Building
Carnforth, LA5 OGH

Tel: 01524 761034
Web: www.arnsidesilverdaleaonb.org.uk

British Trust Conservation Volunteers (BTCV ):

All round work expertise, volunteer teams, insurance and tools.

Sedum House
Mallard Way

Tel: 01302 388 883
Email: information@btcv.org.uk
Web: www.btcv.org.uk

Cumbria Wildlife Trust:

Voluntary organisation devoted solely to the conservation of the wildlife and wild places of Cumbria. Bats, Hay meadows, ecologists, practical advice, volunteers, ground work skills.

Crook Road
Cumbria LA8 8LX

Tel: 01539 816300
Email: mail@cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk
Web: www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk

Cumbria Woodlands:

Staff at Cumbria Woodlands can help you get expert woodland management and tree planting advice. Grant aid advice.

Lower Mill House
Stavely Mill Yard
Cumbria LA8 9LR

Tel: 01539 822140
Email: info@cumbriawoodlands.co.uk
Web: www.cumbriawoodlands.co.uk

Eden Rivers Trust:

Advice, research, habitat restoration and education support

Units O&Q
Skirsgill Business Park
Penrith, CA11 ODP

Tel: 01768 866788
Email: office@edenriverstrust.org.uk
Web: www.edenriverstrust.org.uk

Federation of City farms and Community Gardens:

Supports, represents and promotes community managed farms and gardens across the UK.

The Green House
Hereford St
Bristol BS3 4NA

Tel: 0117 9231800
Email: admin@farmgarden.org.uk
Web: www.farmgarden.org.uk

Flora Locale:

Knowledge banks on all things to do with native species including seed and plant suppliers.

Postern Hill Lodge
Wiltshire SN8 4ND

Tel: 01672 515723
Email: info@floralocale.org
Web: www.floralocale.org

Green Space:

Works to improve parks ands green spaces by raising awareness, involving communities

Caversham Court
Church Road
Reading RG4 7AD

Tel: 0118 946 9060
Email: info@green-space.org.uk
Web: www.green-space.org.uk

Groundwork North East and Cumbria:

2 Market St
CA13 9NJ

Tel: 01900 825215
Web: www.northeast.groundwork.org.uk/what-wedo/in-your-area/in-cumbria.aspx

Lake District National Park Authority:

Ranger teams, grant schemes, volunteer teams and tools

Murley Moss
Oxenholme Road
Cumbria LA9 7RL

Tel: 01539 724555
Email: hq@lakedistrict.gov.uk
Web: www.lake-district.gov.uk

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds RSPB:

Range of publications, rangers and education packages

Newcastle Office
1 Sirius House
Amethyst Road
Newcastle Business Park
Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE4 7YL

Tel: 0300 7772 676
Web: www.rspb.org.uk

South Cumbria Rivers Trust (SCRT):

Rivers, lakes and wetlands advice
Crook Rd
Kendal LA8 8lX

Tel: 01539 816311
Web: www.scrt.co.uk

The Grasslands Trust:

Ecologist, small grants, practical advice, long term involvement

Eastleigh Works
Campbell Road
Hampshire, SO50 5AD

Tel. 02380 650093
Web: www.grasslands-trust.org

The National Trust:

Offer advice, training and education on their own land

The Hollens
Cumbria, LA22 9QZ

Tel: 015394 35599
Web: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

The Woodland Trust:

Free trees to community groups, advice and resources

Kempton Way,
Grantham, NG31 6LL
Tel: 0845 2935689

Email: woodlandcreation@woodlandtrust.org.uk
Web: www.woodlandtrust.org.uk

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority:

Ecologist, ranger teams, grant schemes, volunteer teams and tools

Leyburn, DL8 3EL

Tel: 01969 652300
Web: www.yorkshiredales.org.uk

Heritage Skills Training and Resources:

North East Civic Trust (NECT) Heritage Skills Initiative – Cumbria:

Conservation, Regeneration & Community Development offering training in all kinds of heritage skills.

Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear NE1 4XN

Tel: 0191 232 9279
Web: www.nect.org.uk/heritage-skills-initiative/hsiprojects/

hsi-cumbria-programme Local History on-line:

Web based local history data base with resources, links and information.

Web: www.local-history.co.uk/Groups/cumbria.htm

Green Infrastructure:

Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCR I):

Has experience in all research in policy and planning for the countryside and the environment of the UK. Runs an annual seminar on town and village greens and common lands

Oxstalls Campus
University of Gloucestershire
Oxstalls Lane
Gloucester GL2 9HW

Tel: 01242 714122
Email: crayfield@glos.ac.uk
Web: www.ccri.ac.uk/Index.htm

Green Infrastructure North West:

Green Infrastructure is the network of natural environmental components and green and blue spaces. The website offers an overview of the key issues and objectives affecting Green Infrastructure in the North West.

Web: www.greeninfrastructurenw.co.uk