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 AONB is a living, breathing, working landscape that is under greater pressure than ever before. By making a donation, however small, you will be making a direct contribution to the AONB, helping us to conserve this beautiful and special area for generations to come.
- It costs roughly £10 to lay 1 metre of hedgerow
- Around £15 helps us run our charcoal kiln, producing locally sourced charcoal
- £20 could provide around ½ day of woodland coppicing
- It costs around £80 – £100 to repair 1 metre of dry-stone wall
Donations made to the Cotswolds National Landscape are put towards work which helps us to conserve and enhance the countryside, nature, and heritage of the Cotswolds AONB.
Along with the fantastic work done by our Voluntary Cotswold Wardens, your donations will help us look after the natural environment, provide interpretation, map out routes for walking, cycling, and riding, and take care of footpaths and bridleways right across the Cotswolds.
Here are a few examples of our work and what your donation can help us deliver
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.
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.
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.