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The fire on Winter Hill in Bolton has now spread to Smithills and the first trees planted as part of the Northern Forest. We are working closely with the emergency services to try and halt the blaze but are sorry to report there will be devastating consequences for the land and wildlife there which may take many years to recover from. We will only know the full extent of the damage once the fire has been extinguished.
We’ve received fantastic support so far but we still need your help to safeguard the entire estate, enhance access and restore Smithills' range of habitats for wildlife.
This is the largest project we’ve ever undertaken in England – it’s both hugely exciting and a massive long term challenge.
But it's not just its scale that makes the restoration of Smithills such an important opportunity. Preserving and enhancing this incredible, iconic place is vital for habitats, people and the area's rich heritage.
Please help us - together we can make something wonderful happen.