A collaboration between Grasmere Gingerbread® and Globus has raised £5,000 for a host of environmental initiatives in the Lake District.
These include the restoration of wild flower meadows, the regeneration of hedgerows and the conservation of bumble bees.
The joint donation was made outside The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop.
Accepting the money on behalf of The Lake District Foundation, Steve Tonkin, Fundraising Manager, said: “This is a fantastic early Christmas present which will help us to direct crucial funds to local groups and organisation that are wholly dedicated to keeping our beautiful national park in pristine condition.”
The money was raised from sales of tins of Grasmere Gingerbread® to Globus coach passengers over the last year.
Tristram Yarde-Leavett, Managing Director of Globus in the UK and Ireland, said he was delighted to work collaboratively with The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop and Grasmere Gingerbread®.
“The Lake District is one of our passengers’ top visitor destinations and as a company we strongly believe in doing all we can to support its environmental integrity,” he said.
“The area is astonishingly beautiful and offers people, including our passengers, an opportunity to escape from the pressures of their daily lives and to reconnect with the natural world.”
Joanne Hunter, co-director of Grasmere Gingerbread®, praised Globus for its forward-thinking attitude towards the environment.
“As a business we need the Lake District to be open and welcoming for Globus customers to enjoy but one which also conserves its flora and fauna for future generations,” she said.
“That Globus appreciates the importance of everyone working together to look after the Lake District is testament to their progressive operational ethos.”
For several years, Grasmere Gingerbread® has donated £1 from every bag of Grasmere Gingerbread® crumbs sold to The Lake District Foundation to help maintain the national park’s upland footpaths.