THE NEW 2019 LAKE DISTRICT LD£5 ISSUE
The LD£5 celebrates ‘Creativity and Freedom’, featuring Rebecca Gill’s artistic portrait of children’s author Beatrix Potter and a view across Buttermere in the Western Lake District.
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.