The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) has restructured, revitalised and relaunched its charity – the BMC Access and Conservation Trust (ACT) – which funds projects to protect our cliffs and mountains.
The BMC is now raising the profile of the charity in order to help identify new projects to fund, and to generally boost support. This new era was celebrated at The Castle Climbing Centre's garden party on Sunday 14 August 2011 where people were able to find out more about the charity's work.
ACT has helped fund worthwhile projects in the mountains for over 10 years, yet it is not widely recognised as the BMC's charity. It is hoped ACT's new identity (including a new logo and publicity material) plus a new online donation facility will make it easier for people to support its valuable work for years to come.
UKC News, Aug 2011
BMC CEO Dave Turnbull said: "ACT funds some fantastic projects to protect our mountains that we as climbers and walkers all benefit from. Projects range from footpath improvement and erosion control in the UK to litter picks on Everest. There is still a clear need for the financial support offered by ACT so we are committed to raising its profile and increasing the number of initiatives we support each year."
Three Peaks - Yorkshire Project
UKC News, Aug 2011
© BMC ACT supports the BMC's work by funding a wide range of practical projects including:
• Practical crag and footpath restoration
• Mountain recreation and conservation research
• Sustainable transport initiatives
• Campaigns for your countryside rights
• Crag and mountain information and guidance
These projects complement and add to the BMC's own access & conservation work.
New for 2011, ACT is also funding a BMC research grant initiative for postgraduate students working on projects that benefit climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers.
Recent projects benefiting from ACT funding include:
• The Three Peaks Project: a collaborative path improvement project in the Yorkshire Dales.
• Pembroke Belay Stake Project: installed new belay stakes at Range East and West.
• Cheedale boardwalk: funded materials for a Derbyshire Wildlife Trust project to improve access at Cheedale Nature Reserve.
The BMC is encouraging people to support ACT in a variety of ways:
• Give a donation or leave a legacy. You can donate online at thebmc.co.uk
• Buy a limited edition print – see below
• Suggest a project for ACT to support
• Join ACT on Facebook
COMING SOON - WIN A PRINT:
As a special fundraising initiative for ACT, the BMC has commissioned artist and guidebook illustrator Phil Gibson to produce a limited edition print of the BMC-owned cliff Craig Bwlch y Moch, Tremadog.
Each of the 100 prints will be individually signed by Tremadog pioneers Joe Brown, Ron Fawcett and Eric Jones. These will soon be available to buy via the BMC online shop or by calling the BMC on 0161 445 6111. There's also a chance to WIN one of these unique limited edition prints. For every £5 donated, supporters will be entered into a prize draw (i.e. a £20 donation gets your name in the hat 4 times). The draw will be made at the Kendal Mountain Festival in November 2011.
Thank you for supporting ACT.