UKC Support BMC Access and Conservation Trust

by Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor Jan/2012
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Dave Turnbull says "Support the Access and Conservation Trust!"
UKC News, Nov 2011
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UKClimbing, UKHillwalking and Rockfax Support Relaunched BMC Initiative

The British Mountaineering Council's ( BMC ) Access and Conservation Trust ( ACT ) funds projects to protect our cliffs and mountains. It aims to promote sustainable access to cliffs, mountains and open countryside by facilitating education and conservation projects across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

ACT is a charitable trust established by the in 2001 and has been relaunched for 2012.

UKClimbing, UKHillwalking and Rockfax are helping to promote the trust with advertising and coverage on UKC and UKH, as well as on the Rockfax website and in Rockfax printed guidebooks.

Alan James, UKC/H Director, commented:

"The ACT has been around doing some excellent work for years but for one reason and another has never really gained the profile it deserves in the outdoor community. This new relaunched body, under the direct auspices of the BMC, should change all that and enable climbers and hillwalkers to get behind it with our full support. Using the huge reach of UKC, UKH and Rockfax we hope to do all we can to bring the great work of the ACT to the attention of as many climbers and hillwalkers as possible."

ACT aims to:

  • Support rural access and conservation projects that protect access and promote sustainable use
  • Educate and raise awareness of conservation issues
  • Inform people about areas of ecological sensitivity
  • Research the benefits and impacts of mountain recreation and tourism
  • Train and support access and conservation volunteers

ACT will fund:

  • Landscape Site Based Work
  • Campaigns and Policy Development
  • Rural Development Initiatives
  • Sustainable Transport Initiatives
  • Information Resources & Publications
  • Research
  • Training & Support for Access Volunteers

You can read more about the ACT here including a list of work they have done over the last few years here.

In this video BMC CEO Dave Turnbull gives us more details:

+Tremadog Print, 56 kb The BMC have already been fund raising for this trust with these fantastic Tremadog prints (pictured right). The prints are of Craig Bwlch y Moch, Tremadog, and the original was drawn by leading crag artist Phil Gibson. Each of the 100 limited edition prints was individually signed on the front by a trio of legendary Tremadog pioneers: Joe Brown, Ron Fawcett and Eric Jones.

One of these prints was raffled off at the Kendal Mountain Festival last year, where Ron Fawcett picked out the winning ticket.

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Ron Fawcett gives the winning raffle ticket to Dave Turnbull - an original line drawing of Tremadog was won
UKC News, Nov 2011
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