Caring for Keswick’s Mountains

Keswick Mountain Festival National Trust Appeal - The Great Gift of Freedom

After the end of the First World War, Scafell Pike, Great Gable and 12 other summits in the Lake District were gifted to the National Trust to commemorate those who had fallen. In 2018 for the centenary of the end of the War, we’re rebuilding the memorial cairn on the summit of Scafell Pike. And we’re asking for your help, to repair erosion damage on the paths up these memorial mountains and to look after places special to you in the Lakes. 

How the appeal adds up

  • After the Great War 14 summits were given in memory of the fallen
  • Thanks to donations and legacies we now care for over 20% of the National Park
  • We need your help to raise £1million each year to look after the Lakes

What we do

  • Protecting the legacy of the war memorial mountains for the future: painstaking and skilled work to repair erosion scars on upland paths
  • Caring for the landscape: year round and in all weathers, over 70 rangers help to look after the Lakes – everything from creating wildlife habitat to litter picking
  • Farms, fields and flowers: Gifts to this appeal help repair traditional buildings, plant hedges, and restore upland meadows
  • Repairing historic walls: skilled local people, rangers and volunteers work continuously to maintain dry-stone walls which snake across the fells and define the landscape

Help look after the lakes - donate to the National Trust Lakes appeal

  • £10 could help buy seeds and plug plants to restore upland meadows
  • £50 could help restore 3 metres of valley path
  • £150 could rebuild 3 metres of traditional dry-stone walls that edge fields and woodlands
  • £250 could replace 1metre of erosion scar with a pitched stone upland path

Visit the appeals page here

Thank you for your support


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