Smithills Estate Appeal

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Welcome to Smithills, the largest Woodland Trust site in England.

At 1,700 acres, Smithills is a diverse landscape including woodland cloughs and vast open moorland.

Thanks to the fantastic generosity of local people and Woodland Trust supporters, we raised the £1.5m needed to bring part of the Smithills Estate in to Trust ownership.

The remaining 556 acres of the estate is being held for us for a limited period to give us time to raise the remaining funds we need. If we can’t raise this money, there is a real risk the land will be sold off.

Crucially, since July 2015, despite not yet being the sole owners, we’ve been managing the estate as a whole for local residents, community and wildlife.

Read the latest news from the team about what’s been happening at Smithills.

We’ve come a long way

But we still need your help. The estate has already offered fantastic experiences for many members of the public and we’ve discovered some fascinating wildlife (see our blog on the Smithills bioblitz).

We’re busy pulling together a major funding application, but even if this is successful we still need to find another £1.2m to buy the final part of the site and restore Smithills’ important habitats, engage the community, improve access and highlight the areas rich heritage. Securing these funds is vital.

Smithills Estate, steeped in history and shadowed by the famous Winter Hill TV mast (the highest television transmitting antenna in the United Kingdom), is a rich mosaic of grassland, woodland, moorland and bog habitats.

But it’s a landscape on the edge, damaged and degraded by centuries of exploitation. This precious upland ecosystem has been neglected, overgrazed and mismanaged, reducing its biodiversity and leaving wildlife vulnerable.

With your help we can bring this entire estate under our protection, safeguarding this amazing landscape. With the right investment and expert help, Smithills will stand proud as a shining example of how all our uplands can be saved and transformed and how trees can help sustain and improve the wider landscape

Please support us and help safeguard this special landscape