THE NEW 2019 LAKE DISTRICT LD£1 ISSUE
The LD£1 is based around ‘Fun and Adventure’, featuring pioneering Victorian educator Charlotte Mason. Charlotte Mason established her House of Education in Ambleside in 1892 and it is still part of the University of Cumbria campus on site. The LD£1 also features a view across the Fairfield Horseshoe near Ambleside.
Lake District Pounds were originally issued in 2018 by The Lakes Currency Project Ltd. which is not a transition initiative, rather a business. Notably, enshrined in their articles it states: "Every LD£ you keep helps create proceeds which we'll split between our two charity partners: the Lake District Foundation and the Cumbria Community Foundation. The Lake District Foundation funds projects that help preserve and protect our unique landscape and environment. The Cumbria Community Foundation provides grants for causes which help people in need across the county."
The notes are widely exchangeable for goods and services in over 350 outlets in the District. Unlike transition schemes, there is no network for the traders to spend the money and keep the trade local. The notes are a beautiful addition to the local currency scene and with a short expiry date will no doubt become very collectable.