Run for the Trees!

runners on track

'Run for the trees!’ is the call from local running clubs this year, not to warn members of approaching zombies or gun toting bandits, but to help preserve and grow the woodlands of the Peak District.

Fell racers at Wirksworth, Ilam and Longshaw have already raised over a thousand pounds for the National Trust’s Peak District Appeal at local races.

“For many active people, the Peak District is effectively their sports stadium, and by choosing the Peak District Appeal as a designated charity for an event, they’re putting something back for themselves and helping our countryside for generations to come,” said Jon Stewart, General Manager for the National Trust in the Peak District.

The Peak District ‘Woods for the Future’ Appeal is raising funds to plant trees in areas being affected by ash dieback in Dovedale and Taddington Woods. We want to keep the  much-loved woodlands alive in areas that could be devastated as ash dieback disease spreads.

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

Some of the £15,000 raised so far will also support the National Trust’s clough woodlands project in the High Peak to help wildlife as well as reduce flooding by bringing thousands of native broadleaf trees back to the moorland valleys, and there's now a new native tree nursery at Longshaw, where young trees from the Peak District will be grown on to become the woods of the future. 

“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.” 

We can help you to do your fundraising for the Peak District Appeal too- why not get in touch to request a fundraising pack and a running vest? Email the fundraising team here: sports@nationaltrust.org.uk