Helvellyn Appeal

Help one of England's best-loved mountain landscapes flourish

The broad summit of Helvellyn, flanked by the dramatic ridges of Striding Edge and Swirral Edge, stands on the western boundary of Glenridding Common, 1,000 hectares of land in the heart of the Lake District that attracts huge numbers of walkers and climbers with its breathtaking scenery.

But erosion, high footfall and flooding have all contributed to an urgent need to enhance the environmental quality of the land. The John Muir Trust has taken on the management of Glenridding Common for the next three years, with the aim of strengthening the wild character of the area and giving nature a chance to flourish.

Please donate today and help take advantage of this incredible opportunity to enhance this special mountain landscape.


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Working together

We are working closely with the Lake District National Park Authority, the local community, graziers and partners to carry out a sensitive land management programme that ensures both nature and people can thrive, including maintaining and restoring paths, carrying out wildlife monitoring and protecting rare plants.  Find out more about our work at Glenridding Common

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Protecting flora and fauna

Glenridding Common is home to a variety of unusual plants and wildlife, including juniper, ring ouzel, raven and flocks of snow bunting in winter, as well as schelly, one of England's rarest fish species.

The coves on Helvellyn also provide a habitat for rare arctic-alpine plants such as downy willow and alpine saxifrage, which are at risk of damage from winter climbing when the ground is not fully frozen. We plan to monitor and increase these populations where possible and work to reduce the impact of winter climbing. Read more

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How your gift will help

Your gift will support essential conservation work across Glenridding Common over the next three years, helping to:

Maintain and restore upland paths, improving access for walkers and protecting fragile mountain habitats

Work with partners to monitor weather conditions for climbers to help protect rare plants, and carry out wildlife surveys to ensure animals, birds and plants can thrive

Carry out active conservation work with the local community, such as arctic-alpine plant propagation and species monitoring