Peak District Appeal: Woods for the Future

The sheer joy of walking through woodlands rich in wildlife and trees

Our Peak District Appeal is one that is close to our hearts and the people that live in and visit the Peak District. Find out more about how you can help support our Woods for the Future project so that our rangers and volunteers can continue to provide a haven for wildlife and a space for visitors to reconnect to nature.

Our Peak District Appeal is one that is close to our hearts and the people that live in and visit the Peak District. We are very fortunate to have access to such beautiful and dynamic landscapes like the Peak District and in 2019 we have taken a closer look into the people that fought for that access with the People’s Landscapes Project. We are humbled by the great efforts and sacrifices that people undertook, so that they could enjoy fresh air and walk freely through the countryside, we must now honour their past efforts by remembering that we are all responsible in looking after the places that we love. In order to best prepare our woodlands to face the challenges of climate change and diseases like ash dieback, we rely on the support of the people that are passionate about visiting the Peak District to help us look after these special places. There are lots of ways you can get involved to help raise vital funds for the places you love...

The threatened ash woods of the White Peak
Two rangers standing in the White Peak ash woodlands
The threatened ash woods of the White Peak

Organise a fundraising event

The 125th anniversary of the National Trust is a year to celebrate but also propels us forwards to consider the next 125 years and the work that needs to be done to continue to care for over 1000 hectares of threatened and special woodland in the Peak District, but we cannot do it alone. To mark our anniversary year, we are encouraging people to organise a fundraising event and do something wild or wonderful for the places that we care for in the Peak District.

“We’re asking anyone who loves the woodlands of the Peak District to think about how they can help,” said Jon Stewart. “That might be running for the trees, or sponsored events by families, churches or community groups, or asking your walking, cycling or mountaineering club to step, pedal or climb for the trees instead.” 

So whether you're a small group of families, a community group, activity group or a corporate group, we would love you to take on the challenge of organising a fundraising event that will help raise awareness of our 'Woods for the Future' project and raise vital funds that will help us to continue to care for woodlands for the future.

We can help you to do your fundraising for the Peak District Appeal too- why not get in touch to request a fundraising kit. Head to our central fundraising page for more information and to request a fundraising kit: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/fundraise-for-us

Run, climb or bake for the trees and help raise vital funds for our 'Woods for the Future' Peak District Appeal
Run, climb or bake for the trees and help raise vital funds for our 'Woods for the Future' Peak District Appeal
Run, climb or bake for the trees and help raise vital funds for our 'Woods for the Future' Peak District Appeal

Raffle tickets

Our new raffle tickets for our summer draw date, will be available soon at the shop at Ilam Park and in the welcome building at Longshaw. Tickets cost £1 and the funds directly support our Peak District Appeal.

Second hand book store at Ilam Park

Did you know we have a second hand book store at Ilam Park, donating your unwanted books and buying books from the shop will provide funds that go directly towards our Peak District Appeal. Our book store is nestled in the Visitor Centre and is open daily from 10am - 5pm.

Our donation page

If you head to our Peak District Appeal page (found below), you can make a one-off donation for as much as you are able, at any time of the year. £10 will help cover the costs for a tree sapling, guard and stake. You can also head to our 'Dedicate a donation' page and search for Longshaw, Kinder, Edale and the Dark Peak or Ilam Park and donate to one of our places that means something to you or a friend or family member.

Countryside Manager Ted planting trees
Countryside Manager Ted planting trees
Countryside Manager Ted planting trees

By raising funds that will help us to plant more trees across the Peak District, you will be helping our ranger teams to create more homes for a diverse range of wildlife, reducing flooding by bringing thousands of native broadleaf trees back to the moorland valleys and supporting our new native tree nursery at Longshaw that will help us to produce locally grown trees to replant in our places and make our woodlands more resilient and better for wildlife.

Thank you from all of us who love the Peak District and want to care for it so that future generations can walk through diverse woodlands rich in trees and wildlife.

A family walking through the woods at Longshaw

Peak District Appeal Woods for the Future 

Our rangers and volunteers are working hard to care for over 1000 hectares of threatened and special woodland. Together, we can create the Peak District's woods for the future