Lake District appeal

This is a landscape of mountains, valleys, lakes and rivers, farms, fields and footpaths. Places which find a way into our hearts. We’re here, working to protect all that you care about now and for the future.

The view from Brackenthwaite Hows towards Crummock Water.
Farm tenants at Seatoller Farm in Borrowdale, Lake District.

Help to protect the Lakes

Today we’re facing a unique challenge. A healthy landscape is critical for the people who visit, live and work here. Our 90 tenant farmers in the Lakes play a vital role in this, producing food and looking after the landscape for people and the wildlife that depend on it. But time and weather are taking a toll on the old farmhouses, barns and dry stone walls which these farmers depend on. Many are falling into disrepair and need vital, skilled restoration, to keep them fit for use. We need your help to protect these places forever.

How the appeal adds up

  • Our farmers look after the Trust’s 21,000 Herdwick sheep, a breed native to the Lake District
  • Gifts and legacies help us look after 62,000 hectares of fields and fells
  • Every year we spend around £500,000 on regular countryside conservation

Donate to Lake District appeal

Please select an amount

£20 could help to buy seeds and plug plants to restore upland meadows
£50 could help to create two metres of accessible path so more people can enjoy these places
£100 could rebuild two metres of traditional dry-stone walls that stretch across fields and fells and are intrinsic to the farmed landscape
Or enter your own amount
" I work in the Lake District every day, but sitting here I still feel a spiritual sense of the universe and my place in it, surrounded by nature and a sublime beauty.’"
- Tom Burditt, North Lakes Manager, from the summit of Brackenthwaite Hows

Enjoy the freedom of the Lakes today

In 2017 the Lake District was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status, recognising this place as a globally significant cultural landscape. This film produced by Terry Abraham, features Scafell summit and the many places we care for today.

Why give to the National Trust?

As a charity, we rely on the generosity of supporters to look after the outdoor spaces in our care. Not only do our supporters help to conserve beautiful landscapes and protect precious plants and wildlife. But they also ensure that future generations have places they can find freedom from everyday life, reconnect with the natural world and make memories to treasure. Your donation will go towards this project and other vital conservation work in the outdoors at this special place. With your support, we can continue to protect the irreplaceable. For everyone, for ever.

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