It’s wonderful news! We’ve heard from the Heritage Lottery Fund and we have been awarded the grant towards buying Eycott Hill.
We have been awarded £1.6 million which will go towards the £968,000 purchase price and enable us to run a five year project to restore the nature reserve for wildlife, train people in managing the uplands for wildlife, enable groups of people to visit who would otherwise find it difficult by working with other charities, and improve footpaths, parking and information for everyone.
Thank you again to all of you who supported our purchase of Eycott Hill. Your donations, along with grants from Wren, Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust and the Garfield Weston Foundation, were crucial in our work to secure the Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
As part of the grant we will employ two new members of staff: Reserves and Training Officer and Communicaitons and Events Officer. We hope they will be in post in April, when work on restoration and access can begin. We will be installing a small car park as part of this work and hope to complete it this year, however you can still visit by parking on the road. Footpaths will be created leading to a viewing point and for those of you more nimble on your feet, there will be a path leading to the summit.
Thanks to Newton Rigg College we now have 16 in-calf heifers grazing at the nature reserve. Our work with them to manage the area for wildlife by grazing with cattle will be a great experience for the students - our farmers of the future. You can read more about the cattle on our news pages.
Stuart Maconie says "The news that Cumbria Wildlife Trust has been granted Heritage Lottery Fund money to begin restoration and access work on Eycott Hill is wonderful news for those of us who love this rough and shapely hill in a gloriously lonely and unspoilt part of the Lakes. Get up there and see for yourself."