The Lakes appeal

Help us to look after the landscape, wildlife and culture of the Lake District. Your support can make a real difference to this unique place

Early morning view from Castle Crag, Lake District
Wardens and volunteers maintaining dry stone walls around Wasdale, Cumbria

Play your part in caring for the Lakes

The pressure of tourism, weather and modern farming have taken their toll on the Lake District. Now we’re working with farmers, local communities and partner organisations to enable people to enjoy a rich and diverse landscape. Together we can make a difference and you can play a vital part in looking after the Lakes now and for the future.

How the appeal adds up

  • We first acquired Brandelhow in 1902 to protect for ever, for everyone
  • Thanks to donations and legacies we now care for 20 per cent of the National Park
  • We need your help to raise £1million each year to look after the Lakes

Help look after the Lakes

Donate to The Lakes appeal

Please select an amount

£10 could help to buy seeds and plug plants to restore upland meadows
£50 could pay for 10 metres of fencing to protect riverbanks and becks
£150 could rebuild 3 metres of traditional dry-stone walls that edge fields and woodlands
Or enter your own amount
" A sort of national property, in which every man has a right and an interest who has an eye to perceive and a heart to enjoy."
- William Wordsworth

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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.

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.

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