In 2011 the herdyfund awarded a grant of £1000 to the Buttermere Show and Shepherd’s Meet for 60 new livestock hurdles, used to manage and show prize Herdwick sheep. The hurdles are used at both the Loweswater Show each September and the Buttermere Show each October, and replaced ones swept away by severe flooding in November 2009. Their loss was a significant blow to these traditional agricultural shows, which act as important social events for local farmers and communities. The events also benefit the local economy by drawing in spectators and visitors.
The herdyfund grant of £1,000 allowed the hurdles to be replaced, putting these traditional community events on a much firmer footing.