The Westmorland Damson Association

Honorary President: Peter Cartmell
Honorary Chairman: John Holmes 015395 68599
Treasurer: Peter Sherratt 015395 68000
Secretary: Helen Smith 015395 68698
Membership secretary Hilary Fitch 015395 68577

Other Commitee members
  Oliver Baratt  
  Mark Basey-Fisher  
  Bob Bradley  
  Hazel Clarke  
  Desmond Holmes  
  John Hartley Trotter  
  Adam Walker   
  Anne Wilson   


The Westmorland Damson Association was formed in April 1996 by a group of local people who wished to preserve the damson orchards in the old County of Westmorland, especially in and around the Lyth Valley.

The Lyth Valley is lovely at any time of the year but is particularly beautiful in the spring when white damson blossom adorns every tree and bush. If you havenít seen it, you should make the trip. If you a thinking of starting or improving a damson orchard, the Association can provide help and advice.

Mission Statement

The Westmorland Damson Association seeks to enhance the economy and landscape of traditional damson growing areas in Cumbria by supporting the growing, picking and use of Westmorland damsons

The Aims of the Association:

  • to promote the regeneration, and the creation, of damson orchards through grant aid, education and advice regarding the growing and use of Westmorland damsons

  • to maintain information on all matters pertaining to damsons and make available to all

  • to provide forums for discussion, debate and education on damsons and damson related issues

  • to conserve the traditional landscape (including the unique damson blossom) and rich biodiversity of orchards

  • to create more sustainable communities through employment opportunities and increased tourism/visitor numbers

Any interested person may join as a full member of the Association. You will receive periodic newsletters and have free entrance to events arranged by the Association. The membership fee is £7.00 per person per annum or £10.00 per couple per annum.

Please contact the WDA if you would like to become a member.


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Westmorland Damson Association