The Access & Conservation Trust

The BMC’s charity – the BMC Access & Conservation Trust (ACT) – promotes sustainable access to cliffs, mountains and open countryside by facilitating education and conservation projects across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

By educating climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers to enjoy outdoor recreation while minimising their impact on the landscape, conserving the UK’s upland resources, and campaigning for improved access rights, ACT enables future generations to continue to enjoy outdoor activities and the physical, mental and social benefits they bring to individual lives and society in general.

Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million is coordinated by the BMC and funded by ACT. Donations made towards the appeal through this website are processed by ACT and then distributed to the supported projects.

The trustees of ACT are access and conservation experts from around the country. They have experience and understanding of the needs of climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers. It is their role to select suitable projects to support across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to get the maximum benefit from donations received from contributors.


Safe and sustainable access

ACT aims to:

  • Support rural access and conservation projects that protect access and promote sustainable use
  • Educate and raise awareness of conservation issues
  • Inform people about areas of ecological sensitivity
  • Research the benefits and impacts of mountain recreation and tourism
  • Train and support access and conservation volunteers

ACT funds a wide range of projects encompassing policy-related work, literature production and large-scale environmental projects.  For example, by supporting  practical site based work (e.g. footpath construction, fencing, stiles, signs, ecological surveys) and rural development initiatives (e.g. projects to encourage climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers to contribute more to local economies in mountain areas).  ACT also funds sustainable transport initiatives and provides high quality access and conservation information to the public (e.g. good practice publications).

Find out more about ACT on the main BMC website.

See a list of projects that ACT has funded in previous years.




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Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million is a call to action to everyone who values the hills, mountains and landscapes of Britain. It aims to galvanise mass support for things we all use: the paths, bridleways and bridges which underpin our experiences in the great outdoors. Through a year-long appeal we aim to raise £1 million in total for a range of vital projects within the UK’s entire family of 15 National Parks. Navigate our website to find out more.
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