Growing Woodlands and Meadows

 We have reached a formal agreement with a local landowner to erect the polytunnel on his land and for it to be there for an initial period of 10 years. The polytunnel itself, 36ft x18ft, has now been delivered, and the landowner has generously offered to erect it for us. Thereafter, there will be fitting-out work to be done, before we get on with planting. We will need some volunteer help for that.

The project aims to involve people from across the age spectrum, from pre-school children right through to those who are at the stage in life when they do what they please! The polytunnel will be situated on a secluded piece of land north of Bouth.

Dave Skinner (RH Volunteer) is project managing the erection of the polytunnel. Thereafter, Elspeth Cooper (another RH Volunteer) has agreed to take over the project manager role when the tunnel comes into use. She will be looking for lots of help! Thanks to those who have put their names forward so far. No skills are required, just a willingness to muck in! It should be great fun. Please think about volunteering, even if it is just for a few hours. Contact Elspeth at

We will also be collecting plastic plant pots - so don't throw them away when having a spring clean of your garden shed. Instead, wait for further announcements.

Finally, some thanks. The project would not have been possible without the support and generosity of Mike Thwaites, the landowner. We have also received specific funding from Forestry England, GSK Ulverston (Glaxo) Charities Committee, The Lake District Communities Fund and a local resident. We await confirmation of further funding from another source. Another local resident has kindly donated a redundant frame for a 15ft x 10ft tunnel, which we will erect in due course. Further financial donations, of any size, would be most welcome - please contact us at

So far so good...

  • The polytunnel has now been purchased and delivered!
  • 'La'l Acorns to Great Oaks' project launched October 2020 - READ our information leaflet and WATCH the video  - see below.
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