Lake District National Park Authority

Lake District National Park Authority


The Lake District National Park Authority looks after this unique corner of England, encouraging people to enjoy and understand its beauty and helping those who live and work here.

Around 200 people work for the Lake District National Park Authority. Much of our work is behind the scenes but vital in keeping this corner of England special.

Our aims are:

  • Respecting the past –  this does not mean keeping things in the past. It’s more about taking things from the past into the future.
  • Caring for the present – the National Park has always relied on the people living and working in it. In more recent centuries people have visited here to relax, enjoy themselves and be inspired.

We work with different groups to balance their needs with those of the landscape. Sometimes this requires high-quality negotiating skills to overcome complex and challenging issues.

Our services include:

  • giving information through our visitor information centres
  • developing and maintaining access to land and water
  • encouraging responsible use of the countryside
  • organising and events to celebrate the National Park and support the economy
  • working to maintain our huge range of plant and animal species

Planning for the future

Our role in planning is not just to control development but to support the management of development with people – not alone.

We are committed to:

  • creating policies which help manage change in collaboration with everyone from individuals to parish councils
  • making decisions on planning applications and advising people on how to comply
  • bringing organisations and volunteers together to ensure action takes place on the ground

More than 400 fantastic people from all walks of life volunteer regularly for the Lake District Volunteers Service. They give their time, skills and energy to help look after the landscape, enable visitors to enjoy its special qualities and support the wider work of the National Park Authority.

To volunteer with us you need to be aged 16 or over and there is no upper age limit. We also run a Young Ranger programme for young people aged 14 – 18 who are keen to get involved with very hands on practical volunteering.

Volunteers help us in lots of different roles. We recruit for some roles all year round, while others are seasonal.  Different roles have different time contributions – ranging from one day for one off activities such as marshalling events, to 20 days a year for some of the more specialist roles like Lake Rangers.