Welcome to the Mend Our Mountains Scafell Pike appeal.
We're trying to raise £17,000 for England's tallest mountain. You can help us repair it by pledging today - the £17,000 we want to raise will enable us to undertake urgent work to halt the erosion in this area.
Scafell Pike is England’s highest peak, an iconic mountain – a magnet for walkers, climbers, challenge participants and tourists. And for almost a century it has been a unique war memorial for the nation – gifted to the National Trust after the end of the First World War as a special place to remember fallen heroes. The centenary of the end of the war in 2018 marks a poignant anniversary.
The mountain is a much-loved place. But the sheer numbers of visitors, along with severe weather events, are putting the mountain under increasing pressure. Erosion is a constant problem. As the path grows wider, soil washes away and the fragile mountain habitat is damaged.
Work on Scafell Pike and other Lake District mountains has been ongoing since the devastating floods in 2015. By donating here you will help to continue and strengthen that work. It takes a long time, and a lot of money, to repair even small sections of path on Scafell Pike – airlifts, ranger costs, volunteer hours and hazardous access make even minor improvements a big undertaking.
To make matters more complicated, Scafell Pike is pounded by thousands of extra feet as a result of the National Three Peaks challenge, with 24 hour use throughout the summer months. This has led to an alarming situation where paths are being damaged and eroded significantly faster than they can be fixed.
The solution - and what your pledge will do
The task of keeping the Lake District’s paths in good shape falls to footpath repair partnership Fix the Fells, who rely entirely on grants and donations to do their work. The money raised in this campaign will be used to stone-pitch new sections of various paths (e.g. Brown Tongue and Hollow Stones routes) on the way to the top of Scafell Pike, where the summit cairn will also be rebuilt.
The work will not only improve the quality of the path and the ease of access on Scafell Pike, it will also have a positive conservation and ecological impact, ensuring proper drainage and protecting vital ecosystems and habitats nearby. If we can raise the money needed, the path and its users will benefit for generations to come.
Volunteers getting stuck in on a path in the Lakes. Photo: National Trust
To help us reach this total (and those in our other Mend Our Mountains projects) we're working with a huge number of partners, many of whom have made incredibly kind donations - you can see some of them below.
It means we can offer an amazing range of rewards - from t-shirts and mugs to unique experiences. You can see all of these, many of which are exclusive to the Lake District project, on the right. We think there's something for everyone, on any kind of budget, and we've worked hard to make sure our partners are offering you something really great in return for your valuable pledge.
And it's not just about the Lakes. As you've probably guessed, Mend Our Mountains is a huge campaign, spanning the entire family of 15 UK National Parks. We've got 13 primary projects in 11 parks, and every park will benefit in some way. Crowdfunding is just part of what we're doing - we want to raise £1,000,000 in total, the most ambitious campaign of its type ever.
If you want to take a look at all the projects in the appeal, and see how close we're getting to our overall target, check out the Mend Our Mountains Crowdfunder Homepage.
Pledge today and protect Scafell Pike for the future.
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