The clock is ticking... can you help us to secure Eycott Hill as a nature reserve?
Eycott Hill was identified by Cumbria Wildlife Trust four years ago as a potential new nature reserve as it ticks all the boxes: rare species and habitats, great opportunities for restoration, central location and much more. So when it came up for sale the Trust had to move quickly to secure its future.
A sale price of £968,000 made the opportunity seem impossible until Esmée Fairbairn Finance Fund offered to purchase the land on behalf of Cumbria Wildlife Trust. We now have until the end of this year to raise the money to buy it from the Esmée Fairbairn Finance Fund, or Eycott Hill could then be sold on the open market. Time is of the essence.
Find out more about Eycott Hill below.
Raising the money to make our vision a reality.
A big THANK YOU to everyone for your support. The response to our call for help to buy Eycott Hill has been amazing. We are truly grateful for the backing and recognition you have given the project. The donations have strengthened our funding applications and it is wonderful to see so many people get behind what is such a remarkable site and exciting project. These donations have helped secure a grant from WREN for £200,033 to undertake practical restoration to improve the biodiversity. This work will begin in September.
Our Stage Two Application to Heritage Lottery Fund has now been submitted and we will wait to hear the outcome in mid December. The generosity from our supporters is heart-warming and your response overwhelming, it has been such a wonderful time for the Trust to see just how many people have responded and been so kind with their contributions. Once again, a big thank you for all your backing.
Please do get in touch if you would like to know anything more or have any questions – you can send me, Emma, an email.
Stuart Maconie says "Eycott Hill is right on my doorstep in Cumbria and is, I've always thought, a perfect example of the Lake District in miniature, a beautiful, rugged hill in some of North Cumbria's grandest and most unspoiled landscapes, nestling between the Pennines and the Back O'Skiddaw fells. But it has always been a difficult place to explore with little or no access to the footpaths that criss cross it. I fully support Cumbria Wildlife Trust in their bid to acquire it, to make it more accessible to all visitors while preserving its unique character and the wildlife and vegetation it has in such abundance."
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