Eden Rivers Trust in Cumbria secures Lottery funding

River Eden
Image caption A number of apprenticeships linked to river conservation will be offered

A Cumbrian river trust has secured Lottery funding to help create new apprenticeships, paths and cycleways.

Eden Rivers Trust said the £107,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund would be used to encourage people to become more involved with the River Eden.

This grant comes ahead of a full award of £2.3m for a programme of community plans in 2013.

Simon Johnson, Eden Rivers Trust director, said a number of apprenticeships would be offered.

A series of activities to help people in the local communities look after the river are also being planned, including a new series of walks and cycle rides and a media project called A Day in the Life of the River Eden.

Mr Johnson said the apprenticeships would enable young people to pursue careers in river conservation or other related subjects.

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