The Lakes appeal

Help us restore the Lake District following the destruction caused by Storm Desmond. With your support we can make it stronger against future storms

Bassenthwaite, Cumbria
Glenridding, Cumbria

Destruction caused by the storm

In December 2015, Storm Desmond swept through the North of England. In a record-breaking 24 hours over 300mm of rain fell and the resulting floods caused unprecedented damage. We need your help to protect the Lake District's fragile beauty and strengthen it against future storms.

How the appeal adds up

  • Storm Desmond wreaked havoc across the Lakes in December 2015
  • A record-breaking 300mm of rain fell in little over 24 hours
  • Help us reach our £500k target to finish repairs
" I live in the area, and can remember hearing on the news that the storm was coming our way. But nothing could have prepared me for just how much rain we would get, or the extent of the problems it would cause."
- Mike Innerdale, Assistant Director, Operations, Lake District

Help protect the Lake District


Working together to rebuild the Lakes

Since the floods hit in December 2015, staff and volunteers have been instrumental in helping to rebuild the Lake District. They are now open for business again, but there is still much more work that needs to be completed. Watch our video of volunteers helping to clear the paths.

The Lakes appeal

Please select an amount

A walker enjoys the view from Castle Crag in the Lake District
£10 could help replace a foot of footpath to allow everyone to enjoy the awe-inspiring trails and views the Lake District has to offer
£25 could help pay for repairs to stone walls which will make them more flood-resistant to help them stand up to future storms
Wardens and volunteers maintaining dry stone walls around Wasdale, Cumbria
Great Landgale in the Lake District, Cumbria
£50 could pay for 16 metres of fencing to help prevent landslips and erosion by protecting the recovering landscapes and strengthening riverbanks
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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. With your support, we can continue to protect the irreplaceable. For ever, for everyone.

Donate now and help protect the Lake District