Kendal Town Council

Going Green Together – Carbon Literacy Course

50% subsidised rate for voluntary, community, charity & social enterprise groups and organisations

Cumbria Action for Sustainability are running subsidised Carbon Literacy courses just for individuals or organisations operating in the voluntary, community or social enterprise sector (VCSE) in Cumbria or the North East. These accredited courses are for groups looking to take the next steps with their organisation’s sustainability strategy, or for volunteers, staff, directors or trustees wanting to know more.

The course will delve into the facts about the latest climate science and, and you’ll be equipped with the skills to calculate your carbon footprint. This will help you identify where improvements in your organisation can be made, and actions to put those improvements in place.

The courses, hosted on Zoom, are split into two morning sessions, and there are two cohorts to choose from. The first is on Tuesday 4th and 11th October, and the other option is Wednesday 26th October and 2nd November. More dates will follow.

This is a great opportunity to take advantage of heavily subsidised training exclusively for VCSE groups, with 50% off the usual ticket price, thanks to the Going Green Together project, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and County Durham Community Foundation. This is an ideal opportunity for you and your colleagues to attend so together you can put the actions in place in your organisation and capitalise on what you have learned.

For more information and to book, see

The Mayors Parlour in Kendal Town Hall distinguishes Kendal from most other Parish Councils in Cumbria. The Parlour is used for Committee meetings and receiving guests and dignitaries during civic events, its also home to exceptional historical items that signify Kendal’s rich heritage.

Simon Unsworth, the Mayors Attendant, will be opening the Mayor’s Parlour and leading a heritage talk on the following days:

  • October 5th 6.30pm – 8.30pm
  • October 14th 10am – 12 noon
  • October 17th 2pm – 4pm

The talk includes an overview of the history of Kendal and an opportunity to see the town’s regalia and works of art. This BBC audio slide show provides a glimpse of what to expect.

To help confirm numbers, please email if you intend to join.


The Solar Made Easy Kendal initiative has launched in partnership with Cumbria Action For Sustainability.

Following a feature article in the Town Council’s summer newsletter and in the first week of engagement, over 25 households have contacted the Town Council to join a Kendal cluster. The cluster will have access vetted solar suppliers to receive quotes. The initiative intends to provide residents with quicker access to a limited number of Cumbrian solar providers and streamline the quote process for suppliers.

To read the full article please follow this link.




Kendal Town Council together with volunteers from Fellside Forum, Ghyllside School and Kendal Fell Management Group and SLDC enjoyed a visit to the Wild Trail at Sizergh Castle to be inspired by the work of National Trust Ranger Sam Sharples.

The Town Council have allocated £5000 towards natural play additions at Serpentine Woods and are working in partnership to develop ideas and appropriate interventions that enhance the existing play opportunities within  Serpentine Woods.

The group have decided to launch a summer holiday challenge to ask young local budding designers for their ideas to help inform designs.

The challenge details are included in the poster, please download here, and share widely to encourage as many young people as possible to take part.

Kendal Town Council elected a new Mayor at its Annual Meeting on 16 May. But it was outgoing Mayor Cllr Doug Rathbone who picked up the only nomination, meaning he will serve a second year in office. Supported by Deputy Mayor Cllr Julia Dunlop, also serving a second year, the Mayor was formally ‘made’ at a ceremony in the Town Hall Assembly Room on Thursday 19 May.

There were contested elections in all Kendal Town Council’s wards on 6 May 2022. You can read the results here.

There were also elections for the new ‘shadow’ unitary authority of Westmoland and Furness, which will replace South Lakeland District Council, Eden District Council, Barrow Borough Council and Cumbria County Council on 1 April 2023. You can see the results of that election here.

Cumbria County Council and South lakeland District Council will remain as working authorities until April 2023, with their existing membership serving extended terms of office until then.

You can find out more about how to help support refugees from the war in Ukraine by visiting Cumbria County Council’s website: This will post the latest details from government on their sheme for housing refugees and include any specifically Cumbrian initiatives you can be involved with.

Thanks to support from South Lakeland District Council, Kendal Town Council have launched a new website,, to celebrate the people and organisations within Kendal who are actively reducing their carbon.

The website aims to provides practical examples, links and advice about retrofitting, installing solar and switching to electric cars and highlights various lifestyle changes that help to reduce carbon.

The Council aim to continue updating the site with more examples as more and more residents adopt low or zero carbon choices.

Following the success of the Kendal Climate Change Jury, the organisations best placed to action the 27 recommendations of the Jury meet as a ‘Recommendations Panel’ to track progress and support action. The panel met in mid January and the minutes are available here.


Kendal looks set to become a greener town after a raft of measures were voted through by the Town Council.

The Town Council voted in favour of projects aimed at making Kendal “cleaner, safer and friendlier” including:

  • Maintenance and improvements to the Alphabet Trail in Serpentine Woods
  • Improving the visual aspect of railings on Windermere Road
  • Commitment to improving footpaths in and around Kendal
  • Biodiversity grants for groups and individuals carrying out work in these areas
  • Ongoing works to support the recommendations of the Citizens Jury including supporting food shares, repair cafes and growing
  • Supporting the Environment Agency where possible and ensuring the delivery of the flood defences is on time and up to scratch
  • Lobbying to introduce 20mph speed limits across the town to make it safer and friendlier for people to walk and cycle, especially school children
  • Dark Skies project to reduce light pollution and to help fund more appropriate lighting in certain area
  • Funding to improve Bowling Fell access and improvements
These projects will be funded by small rise in council tax which equates to £2.50 a year for a house in Band D.

Councillor Eamonn Hennessy, Chair of Kendal Town Council’s Environment and Highways Committee, said: “The projects we have identified are key to us being able to carry out the recommendations from the Citizens Jury, improve biodiversity, as well as improving public spaces in the town. We’re proud of our town and hopefully these steps will make it an even cleaner, friendlier and safer place to live and work.”

Councillor Giles Archibald, Vice-Chair of Kendal Town Council’s Environment and Highways Committee, said: “We face two enormous crises – climate change and biodiversity loss. On the same day that we held our meeting, the government published its Climate Risk Assessment. My comments at the meeting were that this report shows the seriousness of the issue.We face substantial risks to our environment, our infrastructure and our health’.

Kendal’s 5th annual Walking Festival is set to return in 2022. Despite both the pandemic and pingdemic of 2021, the festival attracted approximately 200 walk bookings for the belated August Festival.

Kendal, surrounded by beautiful scenery, offers a wide variety of walking experiences.  We really do have it all….Mountains, Lakes, Rivers, Valleys and the wide open vistas of Morecambe Bay!

As Kendal was home to Britain’s most famous walk writer A Wainwright (AW), the 2022 Kendal Walking Festival will feature a number of walks which will give opportunities to bag a few of the ‘Wainwrights’.

The festival also offers an invitation to join us in ‘An Evening with Alfred Wainwright’ during which you can learn more about the man himself. As an ‘appetiser’ you might like to search BBC Sounds and listen to Sue Lawley interviewing the man himself on Desert Island Discs many years ago.

To find out more about the festival and book a guided walk, please follow this link.