Sedbergh has seen 22 environmentally and dark sky friendly lights installed to reduce the town's light pollution, carbon emissions, and energy costs.

The project, supported by landscape charity the Friends of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, aims to help Sedbergh Parish Council meets these targets.

Jack Ellerby, the Friends of the Lake District’s dark skies officer, said: "The new lights are modern energy efficient LEDs, with four heritage style versions on brackets in the town centre.

“The parish council, concerned at the rising cost of running and repairing its footway lights, worked with us and Westmorland and Furness Council’s lighting officers, to assess and identify some new lighting.

"The design of the new lights means their beam throws light onto path and road surfaces, rather than up into the sky.

"They are a warmer colour too, which is gentler on our eyes and better for wildlife that’s active overnight.

"Plus, the lights dim by 50 per cent after 9pm, and go off between 12pm to 6am."

Sedbergh Parish Council's Steven Longlands helped with the project.

He said: "Working together made this happen and cut our electricity costs by a staggering 78 per cent.

"Special thanks to our Clerk Janey Hassam, the Friends of the Lake District and the council’s Lighting Team.

"We are also grateful for funding from Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund and Cumbria Action for Sustainability’s Community Climate Grant."

Mr Ellerby added: "Sedbergh Council have been a delight to work with.

"With public finances decreasing and electricity energy prices going up councils are looking at these types of lights to reduce resource consumption.

"Although there is no legal public duty to provide lighting, well placed lights help to give us a sense of safety on paths and ginnels after dark.

"We hope it inspires other communities to act, and that other lights installed in the town are equally sympathetic."

The Dark Sky Certified lights were supplied by lighting manufacturers Thorn Lighting UK and Urbis Schreder.

For more information about Friends of the Lake District’s Dark Skies project, visit the charity’s website.