Help us restore woodlands devastated by Storm Arwen.

On 26th November 2021, Storm Arwen ripped through northern England, Scotland and parts of Wales. Rain, snow and winds of nearly 100mph combined to create one of the worst storms in a generation.

In Cumbria alone, thousands of trees were uprooted. We expect trees to come down in storms, but not on this scale. We own and care for eight Cumbrian woods. We didn’t escape the destruction. From felled trees, to smashed walls and fencing, the level of damage was unprecedented.

Clearing up will take many months. With the help of volunteers and contractors, we will remove debris, replant trees and repair what has been destroyed. Please help us start this critical work.

Over 200 trees were lost in only two days. Many of the casualties had stood for decades or more. At Mike’s Wood in Staveley, large ash, rowan and willows were flattened like matchsticks. It was a similar story at Hows Wood in Eskdale. Home to rare, ancient semi-natural woodland, centuries’ old oaks were toppled in a single weekend.

Where we can, we’ll leave fallen trees to decay. They offer a rich habitat for wildlife. But some trees have fallen across paths and others dangle perilously over them. These pose a threat to visitors and have to be removed. Chainsaw operators must be hired to dispose of these safely.

With your help we will remove dangerous timber, clear footpaths and replant trees torn down by the storm. Please support our clean-up operation today.

Some trees fell cleanly, but others demolished fencing and dry stone walls. As well as restoring woodland, sections of fencing and walling must also be repaired or replaced. Small jobs can be carried out by staff and volunteers, but the degree of damage at many locations will require specialist assistance.

It will take months of work to restore these much-loved woods. But with your help, they can recover. If you can, please help us carry out these essential repairs.

Thank you

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