Monuments to Freedom appeal

Will you help protect our great monuments to freedom? We need to raise urgent funds for three very special memorial landscapes undergoing major restoration work in the coming months

Teenagers playing in the river at Wasdale, Cumbria with Great Gable in the background looming over the scene.
14 summits, including Great Gable, were dedicated as war memorials after the First World War

Honouring three special memorial landscapes

We need your help to protect three important monuments to freedom in our care. The 14 peaks in the Lake District, gifted to us after the First World War as war memorials. Wellington Monument, built as a tribute to the great victory over Napoleon. And Runnymede, where Magna Carta was sealed. These three great monuments and their surrounding landscapes are wonderful gifts, celebrating great bravery and sacrifice. Together we can give them the future they deserve.

Did you know?

  • Each year 15 million people visit the Lake District's National Park
  • Wellington Monument is 53 metres high - the tallest three-sided obelisk in the world
  • Runnymede's Ankerwyke yew is 2,500 years old - the oldest tree we look after
Choose which monument to support

Donate to Monuments to Freedom appeal

Make a general donation

£10 could help install a rustic fence barrier
£35 could repair a metre of dry stone wall
£50 could buy one cladding stone
Or enter your own amount

Why these places matter

" No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possession, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgement of his equals or by law of the land."
- Clause 39, Magna Carta

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 ever, for everyone.

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