A CHARITY with a focus on Lake District heritage has been awarded £10,000 to help it establish a new project.

The Lake District Paradise Project has won the money from the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of a £25,000 consultancy regarding the creation of a world class heritage centre in Windermere.

The project focuses on developing a contemporary home for artefacts, documents, photographs and oral history that have Windermere connections and is backed by the National Holocaust Memorial Foundation.

An important aspect of the initiative relates to the child Holocaust survivors who came to Windermere in 1945 and the local community that welcomed them.

A consultancy will take place over the summer and autumn of 2017 and will see wide ranging public consultations which will enable research into the best way forward to establishing an internationally significant visitor experience for the Windermere area.