Help to keep the Cotswolds special
The Cotswolds National Landscape is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), managed and looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board. The Cotswolds is a landscape that is under greater pressure than ever before. By making a donation, however small, you will be making a direct contribution to support the natural environment and heritage of this special landscape for the future.
A general donation would help us the most but if you want to specify the area of work your donation supports, here are a few examples:
Maintaining the Cotswold Way National Trail
The Cotswold Way is a long distance walking trail, 102 miles (164 km), that runs between the market town of Chipping Campden in the north and the city of Bath in the south. We are responsible for the management of the Cotswold Way working in close partnership with the Cotswold Way Association – the charity dedicated to fund raising to maintain and improve this much-loved trail. To make a donation towards the upkeep of the Cotswold Way please go to the Cotswold Way Association website.
Glorious Cotswolds Grasslands
In the 1930s, 40% of the Cotswolds was covered in wildflower-rich grassland, supporting a vast diversity of wildlife. Sadly, agricultural intensification and changing land management practices has led to the loss of almost all this grassland…less than 1.5% remains. Our Grasslands project aims to create the largest network of wildflower rich Jurassic limestone grassland in the country – around 100 hectares in total.
Cotswold Voluntary Wardens
Our wardens cover a wide range of activities, including (1) leading over 300 free guided walks each year to members of the public; (2) organising work parties to maintain and improve the access trails throughout the AONB – including the Cotswold Way National Trail; (3) tree planting and biodiversity enhancement projects. We currently have 350 voluntary wardens and in the year ending 31 March 2020 they amassed an amazing 48,613 hours of voluntary work!
Our rural skills programme makes a positive difference to people living in and around the AONB. Sharing the traditional skills, such as dry stone walling, hedgelaying, coppicing, charcoaling, blacksmithing, horse-logging, spinning and weaving, stone carving, and green woodworking that keep a living landscape like the Cotswolds alive is an important part of our work. We employ a full-time Rural Skills Officer who works with a number of trainers (local professionals) to deliver a wide range of courses.
Caring for the Cotswolds
Our grants scheme is a way for businesses and people to give something back to ensure the environment is taken care of. We do this by using donations to support their organisations that are also working hard to conserve habitats and species, enhance our heritage and improve access and interpretation so it can be enjoyed by future generations.
If you would like your donation to be used towards a specific area of work confirm using the drop down list on the page that follows.