Save our 'wobbly' bridge

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The Victorian suspension bridge has been badly damaged and needs repairing © National Trust

The Victorian suspension bridge has been badly damaged and needs repairing

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When the floods hit Allen Banks in May 2013 they had a devastating effect on the Victorian Suspension Bridge, lovingly known locally as the ‘wobbly’ or ‘bouncy’ bridge.

To help reinstate this historical structure we hope to raise £100,000 to rebuild the bridge and surrounding footpaths. They were badly damaged when trees and other debris got tangled in the bridge after being washed downstream, badly cracking the original stone steps, while the wooden crossing became a twisted mess.

Over £35,000 has already been very kindly pledged through public and private donations and we hope to raise a further £10,000 towards our target through a special public Crowdfunder appeal.

The Crowdfunder appeal launched on 22 January and we have just six weeks to reach our £10,000 target. If we don’t, we can’t accept any of the money pledged and will have to start from scratch.

Eric Wilton, Countryside Manager for the National Trust at Allen Banks, said: 'The Bridge is one of the key things that makes Allen Banks so special and is much loved by visitors. It's one of the only surviving historic features of Susan Davidson’s Wilderness Garden, created in 1850. Many people have asked whether we'll be replacing it like for like. They have made it clear they wouldn’t like it replaced with a more modern structure. With the funds needed from this appeal we can make sure we rebuild it as it was.'

Everyone who donates will receive special recognition from the National Trust depending on the level of donation, ranging from a personal ‘thank you’ message displayed in the pagoda at the main entrance to the woodland, to nominating a name to be etched into the new structure and an invite to a celebration party when the bridge opens.

There are various ways to donate such as via Crowdfunder, Allen Banks' car park (Pay and display) machine or at Housesteads Visitor Centre.

Thank you!