KEG: Kirkoswald Environmental Group

About KEG Kirkoswald Environmental Group

We have accepted the RHS invitation to participage in the Britain in Bloom competition this year. Blue navigations buttons (left) will allow you to learn more.

Kirkoswald Environmental Group members are local people who have an interest in conserving and protecting the environment in and around Kirkoswald.

Our aims are:


  • to promote environmental improvement in and around Kirkoswald

  • to encourage the positive involvement of villagers of all ages and interests

  • to foster community spirit and encourage civic pride.


We have been recognised by Cumbria County Council, Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust, Eden District Council and Kirkoswald Parish Council. We have worked with all four and successfully bid for funding from all four.

Date and time of the next meeting: To be determined, Crown Inn, Kirkoswald


We have received grants from and are endorsed by:

Kirkoswald Parish Council

KEG Publications

Click the links below to download PDF documents. These can be read using Acrobat Reader which is available as a free download from the Adobe website.

Adobe Acrobat Reader download

Rewilding - the Guardian link - food for thought

Rewilding - the Guardian link - food for thought - as above but downloadable PDF

Audio feed: Rewilding - about 40 minute presentation - click the graphic

New for 2021 are the Millie Bank Reports. Nigel and Loid plan to visit Millie Bank, a rare unimproved pasture, and observe what had come to life there. This is an opportunity for villagers to learn about the plants and animals that may be seen there.

Millie Bank Report January 2021

Millie Bank Report February 2021

Millie Bank Report March 2021

Millie Bank Report April 2021

Millie bank Report May 2021

Millie Bank Report June 2021

Grassland management

Ash dieback

Nectar rich plants good for pollinators

Plants found growing on Kirkoswald walls

Millie Bank management report

Millie Bank plant survey report

Millie Bank history

St Oswald's Church leaflet

Butterflies and Moths which can be seen in K'o Parish

RHS Nectar plants

KEG Nectar plants

A two sided Walls leaflet is also available in the Bridge Stores K'o. It describes the plants that grow on walls in K'o and where you might see them. Finding them is a great family activity for visitors or villagers alike. It is educational too. A suggested donation of £0.50 to cover costs can be put in the tin in the shop. You can download a copy above. You might like to make a donation when you next visit the shop.



Newest presentations at the top

Thank you NHS and a message for dog walkers

Developing a pond for wildlife from scratch 

Wildlife visitors to our pond

June 2020 Kirkoswald Allotments, Orchard, Pond and Wildlife area 

Colonisation of Common Wood after the 2012 flood

Spring Virtual Raven Beck Walk

May 2020 Kirkoswald Allotments, Orchard, Pond and Wildlife Area


KEG Publications: downloadable documents

Article explaining  Ash dieback


The Last Flower is a short video about 4 minutes in length, which draws attention to the threats faced by wild flowers in the UK, and has been put together by Nigel and Lois Harbron, from Kirkoswald, with the help of their offspring Rob and Jo.


In 2019, Nigel Harbron composed a tune he called The Last Flower after seeing yet another species-rich verge being turned into a lawn.  In 2020, Rob (a professional musician) arranged and recorded the tune, and Lois, Jo and her husband Seb, started gathering photographs and short video clips to be shown as the tune played.

The Last Flower                

For a full,explanation, click here to see their Press Release

It will download, on a Windows PC to your Downloads folder. If it appears in the bottom left corner of your screen click to read it.


The state of nature: 41 percent of UK species have declined since 1970s. Author:Josh Davis First published 4 October 2019............... Source Natural History Museum (UK)

"A new report has found that the UK's wildlife is continuing to crash, with hundreds of species now at risk of disappearing from our shores altogether.

Over the past 50 years, urbanisation, agriculture, pollution and climate change have all caused the nation's plants and animals to dwindle - a trend that has continued unabated within the last decade despite efforts to reverse these losses."