Preserving Native Plant Species In The Lake District

Last year The Lake District was awarded World Heritage Status. It has joined the ranks of the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon and Machu Picchu. This acknowledgment of the significance of this geological area is extremely important - it means that more effort can be focussed on preserving the beautiful landscape, and this includes the plant species. Here are some of the ways that native plants and trees are being looked after in the Lake District.

Clear walking trails and signposting

If you are walking in the hills of the Lake District, it is extremely important to watch where you are treading. This is why walking trails are important, as it means that many of the plant species can grow undisturbed. Arctic alpines are particularly plentiful in the area as the soil is rich in minerals, but they are also delicate and slow-growing. They have to survive the cold air and the winds that come with high altitudes and high latitudes. Look out for species such as Alpine Mouse-ear, Moss Campion, Purple Saxifrage, Mountain Avens and Alpine Catchfly. Without the walking trails and signposting, many of the plant species struggle, particularly in the summer months when there are more visitors to the area.

Beekeeping in the Lake District

One of the best ways to ensure that the native plants in the Lake District are preserved is by looking after the bee population. After all, 90% of the world’s plant species are pollinated by bees - they are essential to the survival of the plants. Local groups, such as Kendal Beekeepers association are encouraging the younger generation to learn about and take up beekeeping, through their activities, events and junior certificates. They also get involved with schools, Cub groups, and Brownie packs in the Lake District.

Educating people about rare species.

Education about the conservation of endangered and rare species is extremely important when trying to ensure the survival of Lake District plants and trees. The schools, the local authority and the tourist board all help to educate both locals and visitors about the rare and specialised varieties growing in the Lake District. For instance, there is a rare type of dwarf juniper that can only be found in the crags above 500m. The Downy Willow is even more precious, there are sadly just ten of them, that can only be found in the Helvellyn coves.

Preserving the plant species in the Lake District will make sure that these incredible plants live on. Through education and conservation, we are looking after the beautiful landscape for future generations.

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