Climate change and natural environment

Our commitment to tackling climate change and protecting and enhancing biodiversity.

Our vision

Westmorland and Furness Council have committed to ensure that the council is carbon net zero as soon as possible and that the area it serves is carbon net zero by 2037.

Our response to the climate and biodiversity emergencies

Our climate change action plan part one shows the commitment and direction of travel W&F are taking in responding to the climate emergency. We are creating a climate change action plan part two which will have the actions the council is and will take to transition to net zero.

We are:

  • Retrofitting 1600 homes, funded by the Home Upgrade Grant 2 and the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund;
  • Constructing a new 2MW solar farm in Barrow;
  • Committing £1 million for local sustainable transport schemes from our Priority Investment Fund;
  • Developing an electric vehicle infrastructure strategy to install more charging points across Westmorland and Furness, with £4 million funding from the Government LEVI scheme;
  • A bronze accredited Carbon Literate organisation and working towards silver accreditation; 
  • Building on the recommendations of the two Citizens Juries, held in Barrow-in-Furness and Kendal and working on ways to engage more with our communities;
  • Drafting the climate action plan part two, following engagement, which will set out our road map to net zero;
  • Working with the Cumbria Local Resilience Forum to identify risks and prepare for the impacts caused by our changing climate;
  • Developing a nature and biodiversity policy and action plan and leading on the Cumbria-wide Local Nature Recovery Strategy.

Coronation Community Orchard Fund

This £50,000 fund will support community groups, schools, charities and other organisations to establish community orchards in their local area in celebration of the King’s coronation.

The fund aims to support the planting of accessible community orchards across Westmorland and Furness.

The Coronation Community Orchard Fund will award grants up to £15,000 per group.

Grants will be awarded for orchards of a minimum of five fruit and/or nut trees planted until 31 March 2025.

This grant will provide capital funding for establishing a community orchard, including:

  • ground preparation
  • planting trees and tree costs
  • protection and irrigation

Criteria for funding

Community groups, charities, schools and community spaces in Westmorland and Furness are eligible to apply for funding.

The project must be community-led and have the support of the local community.

Landowner agreement must be evidenced with your application.

The groups applying must:

  • have clear governance in operation
  • be non-profit making
  • have a bank or building society account in the name of your group or organisation with at least two unrelated signatories

The deadline for sending your expression of interest is midday 08 January 2024.

Coronation Community Fund expression of interest form (DOC , 230KB)

Please download, complete and send your application to:

Climate and Nature Partnership Fund

The fund aims to support collaborative partnership working to tackle climate change, support nature recovery and ensure a fair transition to a low carbon future for our communities in Westmorland and Furness.

Applications are now closed, this page will be updated once grant funding has been allocated.

Cumbria Innovative Flood Resilience (CiFR) Programme - grant applications

Westmorland and Furness Council is looking to appoint an experienced delivery partner to undertake natural flood management work in the Grasmere area as part of the CiFR (Cumbria Innovative Flood Resilience) programme.

The package of works to be delivered is described in the prospectus below, which also describes the application process and eligibility criteria. This package of works is the first phase of the CiFR programme’s NFM activity in the area; additional phases of works are likely to be advertised over time. 

CiFR Grasmere phase 1 NFM Prospectus (PDF 278KB)

CiFR NFM Grant Application Form Grasmere (WORD 98KB)

If you’d like more information, or want to arrange a conversation around the work described, then please email

Getting involved

Reducing your carbon footprint

  1. Cumbria Action for Sustainability have calculators you can use to see how much carbon you use personally, or as a small to medium business: CAfS carbon footprint calculators - CAfS
  2. To get involved in climate action with your local community, Zero Carbon Cumbria can help you find a group in your area: Find your local group - Zero Carbon Cumbria - Carbon reduction action across the county.
  3. Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership has guidance for businesses: Net Zero | Cumbria LEP (CLEP) (

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