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A space for people

We believe preserving and enhancing the iconic Smithills landscape is vitally important for people as well as wildlife.

Under our protection, the free public access which has always been so precious to local people will be retained and improved across the estate. In 1896, more than 30 years before the famous Kinder Scout mass trespass, 10,000 people took to the moors of Smithills, demanding their right to access this incredibly beautiful place, which was at risk of being closed off for grouse shooting.

“Smithills is right on Bolton's doorstep and is central within the North West region – being able to engage that amount of people is a wonderful thing.”
Russell Hedley, Smithills communications officer

We recognise how important the estate is for local people and will ensure their access is conserved and improved.

We’ll preserve and interpret the land’s wealth of history, bringing its hidden and important industrial and archaeological features to life, transforming Smithills into an even more wonderful place for the people of Greater Manchester and beyond.

The Smithills Project is match-funded with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The funding is helping our five-year project to plant thousands more trees, add new interpretation to the site, manage the countryside and engage with the local community. 

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We’re committed to the long term restoration of Smithills. As this project is match-funded, we need your help to match what the Heritage Lottery Fund has provided. If you can help, please donate to our Smithills appeal, or call us on 0330 333 3300 quoting the code A17NP4GEN - this will make sure your generous donation goes directly to helping the Smithills Estate.