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The award-winning, headline-grabbing campaign which raised more than £100,000 to repair Britain’s hills and mountains has returned – and is raising its sights ten times higher.

In last year’s campaign a section of path that was in need of restoration work formed part of the Two Moors Way where access along a 50 metre stretch of the path was difficult with deep mud that stayed permanently saturated even in summer.

The campaign was incredibly successful and raised in total £104,000. Within this, £7,500 came to Mend Exmoor which was added to through CareMoor for Exmoor (Exmoor National Park Authority’s donation scheme).    

Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million aims to raise £1 million in total for a range of vital path repair projects within Britain’s entire family of 15 National Parks.

The major collaborative appeal embraces a sense of collective pride and responsibility for looking after our best-loved landscapes. It goes live today with the launch of a dedicated website.

Team effort

The projects supported by Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million will range from the high reaches of the Cairngorms to the gentle coast of the Solent; from England’s highest mountain to the fabled seat of a Welsh giant; from the rolling hills of Exmoor to one of Scotland’s most well-trodden Munros.

Sue Applegate, public rights of way and access officer at Exmoor National Park said: “We were delighted to be invited back to submit Exmoor projects for the Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million campaign. The funding we received from the previous one has helped improve one of Exmoor’s more remote paths and we are hoping that people will get on board and support this exciting new initiative.”

Sue explained: “This year two Exmoor projects have been put forward, the first is to repair the surface of a popular walking and riding route across the top of The Chains. Over the years, the route has become wet and boggy through use and simply due to the wild, wet environment it passes through.  As people try to avoid the difficult sections, the route has spread out and in places has caused a widening erosion scar. This project aims to carry out path surface improvements on a 3.8 kilometre stretch between Exe Head and Woodbarrow so that a long-term sustainable route is put in place – we will be using a natural soil inversion technique which provides a good surface without bringing in lots of external materials to this sensitive environment.

“Our second project is on the River Barle at Great Bradley.  Currently, the Two Moors Way, a popular recreational route linking Dartmoor & Exmoor, follows a very eroded permitted path on the eastern bank of the river.  We would like to move the route onto a bridleway which runs along the western bank but where it crosses the River Barle at Great Bradley, there is currently only a ford.  For much of the year the water is too deep for walkers to get through.  We plan to build a new bridge at this point so that the bridleway can be used at all times and we can move the Two Moors Way route onto it to a position where it is secure and sustainable.”  

Overall coordination is provided by the BMC, funding comes from the BMC’s charity (the BMC Access and Conservation Trust), and headline sponsorship is generously provided by Cotswold Outdoor and Snow+Rock, two of Britain’s leading outdoor retailers and the BMC’s recommended retail partners.

Individual projects are backed by a range of National Park authorities, outdoor enthusiast groups and charitable trusts, and in Scotland the campaign is represented by the BMC’s sister organisation, Mountaineering Scotland.  

A proven success

The Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million appeal follows on from the first Mend Our Mountains campaign which was voted ‘Campaign of the Year’ by the public in the annual awards run by The Great Outdoors magazine. Its proven positive impact and tangible success has laid the groundwork which Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million seeks to build upon.

Timeline

Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million will run over a whole year. It will employ a wide range of fundraising techniques in addition to crowdfunding, from harnessing the generosity of ‘ordinary’ outdoor enthusiasts to drawing in money and support from large businesses, corporate donors and charitable foundations.

Today (Wed 15 November) sees the announcement of the intention to raise £1 million and the details of the supported projects made public. While members of the public can donate through the website from today onwards, the appeal is divided into three phases.

The first phase will run between now and the spring of next year, during which time our fundraising focus will be on drawing in large donations from high net worth individuals, businesses and grant-giving bodies.

The second phase will run over the spring and summer of 2018 and will see the main drive to encourage the public at large to donate. The third phase will run in the autumn of 2018 and will see a crowdfunding ‘crescendo’ aimed at raising the remaining sum of money.

We encourage everyone to donate today if they are able, but also to keep an eye on BMC and National Park media over the course of the year for more information about how they can get involved as the campaign progresses and develops. 

The projects

The primary projects featured in Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million are:

  • Lake District: Scafell Pike (Total sought: £100,000)
  • Peak District: The Great Ridge (£140,000)
  • Peak District: Cut Gate (£70,000)
  • South Downs: South Downs Way (£100,000)
  • Snowdonia: Cader Idris (£140,000)
  • Loch Lomond & Trossachs: Ben Vane (£40,000)
  • Cairngorms National Park: Beinn a’ Ghlo (£60,000)
  • Exmoor: The Chains (£20,000) http://mendmountains.thebmc.co.uk/portfolio-item/exmoor-the-chains/
  • Exmoor: Great Bradley Bridge (£20,000) http://mendmountains.thebmc.co.uk/portfolio-item/exmoor-great-bradley-bridge/
  • Dartmoor: Nun’s Cross Path (£40,000)
  • Yorkshire Dales: Whernside (£46,000)
  • New Forest: The Lepe Loop trail (£25,000)
  • Brecon Beacons: Bal Mawr (£20,000) The National Parks of Northumbria, the North York Moors, the Norfolk Broads and the Pembrokeshire Coast will also receive funding from this appeal, but at a lower level than the projects above. By donating to the UK wide appeal through the Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million website donors will be benefitting these National Parks.Read more about the featured projects and their supporters by navigating the homepage of the Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million website

Published: 21 November 2017

Contact the press office:

Clare O-Connor
T: 01398 322244
E: CKOConnor@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk