In 1990 journalist Joanne Colley from the Westmoreland Gazette featured a story about a charcoal burner called Walter Lloyd. It begins,
“Lakeland charcoal burner Walter Lloyd was someone I was looking forward to meeting, and the experience wasn’t disappointing. The middle of a wood just outside Bouth on a fresh January morning is not somewhere you would expect to find a Cambridge University graduate and ex-emergency planning officer from Greater Manchester but then Walter is no ordinary man. Home is a gypsy caravan, an old sink unit, a cupboard, the odd chair and a kettle on the fire.”
Walter is now 89, but not much of the above has changed, except for him no longer being a charcoal burner – though he’ll still gladly show you all the ins and outs!
More recently, we were fortunate to have the Westmoreland Gazette come over to Walter’s current abode for a photo shoot and interview in the early stages of preparing for the Walter’s Tools project. Their article was instrumental in the great response from potential volunteers, so thanks to them, and thanks to all the volunteers who have got in touch, and been down to help out! The online version of the article is here.