Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million
Mend Our Mountains 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. The current phase of Mend Our Mountains, Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million, is a year-long appeal to raise £1 million in total for a range of vital path repair projects within the UK’s entire family of 15 National Parks.
The projects featured in Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million range from the high sub-arctic plateau of the Cairngorms to the gentle coast of the Solent; from England’s highest mountain to the fabled seat of a Welsh giant; from bleakest Dartmoor to one of Scotland’s most well-walked Munros. They include mountain paths, multi-user bridleways and even a brand new bridge.
What they have in common is that they are all in inspiring locations and need a boost from the public to be completed.
It is coordinated by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), funded by the BMC Access and Conservation Trust (BMC ACT), and run in conjunction with a coalition of National Park authorities, outdoor enthusiast groups and charitable trusts. In Scotland the campaign is represented by Mountaineering Scotland.
The first Mend Our Mountains campaign
The Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million appeal follows on from the first Mend Our Mountains campaign, which ran in spring 2016. It was a crowdfunding drive run by the BMC and BMC ACT in collaboration with eight national park authorities which aimed to raise £100,000 for mountain paths across England and Wales, including the highest mountains of both countries, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.
The public stepped up to the challenge. You got us to the summit and then some, hitting £103,832. The campaign also made national news headlines, including appearances like this on BBC Breakfast News, which gave us a platform to raise awareness of the challenges facing the landscapes we love:
Extra donations and match-funding have since added to the totals given to the projects by the initial crowdfunding effort, pushing the overall ‘worth’ of the campaign well past the £150,000 mark. Mend Our Mountains was later voted ‘Campaign of the Year’ by the readership of The Great Outdoors magazine.
This funding has made a real, tangible difference. Eight badly damaged upland sites were mended with the help of the money raised, and in many instances the projects either wouldn’t have gone ahead without the funding or would have been delayed further. Take a look at the impact of the first Mend Our Mountains campaign on the ground here.
Now we are raising our sights ten times as high. We want to kickstart more and bigger projects all across Britain. But we can’t do without your help.
Mend Our Mountains: Mend Harder
Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million is the ‘sequel’ to this first campaign. As well as aiming to bolster the impact of Mend Our Mountains with a higher financial target, it also aims to inspire a sense of collective pride and responsibility for looking after our most valued landscapes.
This appeal will run over a whole year. It will employ a wide range of fundraising techniques in addition to crowdfunding, from harnessing the generosity of ‘ordinary’ outdoor enthusiasts to drawing in money and support from large businesses, corporate donors and charitable foundations. We will also be working much more collaboratively with the national park authorities and other partners whose projects are in need of help.
The best way to think about is a multitude of different campaigns under a single banner, coordinated by the BMC but run as a team effort on a national scale to make a huge positive difference to the landscapes we all care about.
You can choose to donate to either the UK wide appeal, spreading your donation between our 15 National Parks, or give specifically to one or more of the projects below. The map shows how broad the geographical spread of the campaign is!
- Lake District: Scafell Pike (Total sought: £100,000)
- Peak District: The Great Ridge (£140,000)
- Peak District: Cut Gate (£70,000)
- South Downs: South Downs Way (£120,000)
- Snowdonia: Cader Idris (£140,000)
- Loch Lomond & Trossachs: Ben Vane (£40,000)
- Cairngorms National Park: Beinn a’ Ghlo (£60,000)
- Exmoor: The Chains (£20,000)
- Exmoor: Great Bradley Bridge (£20,000)
- Dartmoor: The Nun’s Cross path (£40,000)
- Yorkshire Dales: Whernside (£46,000)
- New Forest: The Lepe Loop trail (£25,000)
- Brecon Beacons: Bal Mawr (£20,000)
The National Parks of Northumbria, the North York Moors, the Norfolk Broads and the Pembrokeshire Coast will also receive funding from this appeal, but at a lower level than the projects above. By donating to the UK wide appeal you will be benefiting these National Parks.
The combined total of the money sought for the projects amounts to less than £1 million. This extra ‘headroom’ will include the costs to BMC ACT of running and administering the campaign (approximately 5% – 7% of the total raised) and the monetary worth of donations in kind such as path materials, logistical support or donated volunteer time.
Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million will run over a whole year. It will employ a wide range of fundraising techniques in addition to crowdfunding, from harnessing the generosity of ‘ordinary’ outdoor enthusiasts to drawing in money and support from large businesses, corporate donors and charitable foundations.
Have a look at the graphic below for a quick run through of the different stages involved.
Phase 1: Base Camp will run between now (November 2017) and the spring of next year, during which time our fundraising focus will be on drawing in large donations from high net worth individuals, businesses and grant-giving bodies.
Phase 2: The Climb will run over the spring and summer of 2018 and will see the main drive to encourage the public at large to donate.
Phase 3: Summit Push will run in the autumn of 2018 and will see a crowdfunding ‘crescendo’ aimed at raising the remaining sum of money.
We encourage you to donate today if you are able, but also to keep an eye on BMC and National Park media over the course of the year for more information about how you can get involved as the campaign progresses and develops.