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The BMC’s Get Stuck In project supports Fix the Fells for 2024


The BMC’s volunteering arm, Get Stuck In, donated £1,500 to Fix the Fells this week to buy footpath repair tools to enable our teams to quite literally get stuck in to fixing the mountain footpaths in the Lake District.

Volunteer coordinator Steve Charles says, “These funds bought spades, metal bars, mattocks (like a pickaxe), gloves and brushes, which were all used by us during this week, and will be on further volunteer events, as well as the normal Fix the Fell activities. Fix the Fells are really appreciative of the help given.”

Steve presented the tools to Matt Tweed of Fix the Fells on the Langdale volunteer days this week. This donation is from the £5,000 promised to the Get Stuck In volunteer projects as part of the Mend Our Mountains campaign for 2024, funded by the BMC’s Access & Conservation Charity (ACT).

Mend Our Mountains (MOM) is an award-winning, headline-grabbing campaign which has raised a total of £1.4 million since its creation in 2016 to repair Britain’s hills and mountains. Since then over 50 miles of fragile footpath has been restored for future generations and 544 miles of upland has been repaired - the equivalent length of over 67,000 double decker buses!

If you’d like to get involved then Get Stuck In is the place for you! Working with the National Trust in the Lake District, Snowdonia and Peak District, often over 2-days with basic accommodation provided. Ten volunteering events have already happened and this year the 2024 MOM funding will enable the continuation of these conservation projects where they are needed the most. Not only will you be doing vital footpath repair work, drainage ditch digging, cairn-scattering and/or clearing litter and invasive species, but you will also have the opportunity to learn new skills and meet like-minded people. Simply sign up to a volunteer session to help out.

Fix the Fells is a path repair conservation programme to protect paths in the Lake District UNESCO World Heritage site from erosion through regular repair and maintenance work parties and donations. For 2024 MOM will also fund a Fix the Fells ranger for a year. The rangers work for the National Trust and are highly skilled in path restoration in tune with the natural landscape. They lead teams of volunteers from Cumbria and beyond in all weathers up into the mountains to restore and improve damaged footpaths. Want to help out? Join them here.