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Ashes Pasture Fundraising Appeal

Ashes PastureAshes Pasture by Jono Leadley

UPDATE – Thank you so much for your stunning response to our fundraising appeal launched in July 2017. We are nearly half way towards raising the full total (£175,000) of money we need to save this area of wildlife-rich grassland habitat from being sold on the open market. We will shortly submit a bid to Heritage Lottery Fund asking them to fund the balance, but the more we raise the more likely we are to be successful. So please continue to spread the word and to donate. Every penny really does count.

Help us safeguard and restore this fragile, important and rare habitat


  • To make a donation online now, please click here to visit our Just Giving page

  • To donate by phone, please call 01904 659570

  • To donate by post, please send your cheque (payable to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust) to Ashes Pasture Appeal, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, 1 St George's Place, York, YO24 1GN.



Ashes Pasture is a small yet exceptionally beautiful mosaic of grassland in stunning Ribblesdale, nestled between the iconic peaks of Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks route winds past, affording walkers views of this perfect Dales hay meadow.

Myriad orchids flower during spring and summer, curlews and meadow pipits breed on site and the elusive and endangered black grouse can be spotted there.

It’s an idyllic spot – a natural haven for wildflowers and wildlife and one that was once so characteristic of the Yorkshire Dales.

Curlew Credit Kev Chapman

Why do we need it?

Sadly, such stunningly beautiful and important traditional hay meadows have disappeared at a devastating rate.

Already one of the rarest types of grassland in the UK, there are now estimated to be less than 1000 hectares (< 4 square miles) left in the north of England.

We need your help to secure the future of Ashes Pasture and the wealth of wildlife which currently flourishes there.

We have been offered 20 hectares of land surrounding Ashes Pasture.

Thanks to a loan from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation we have been able to purchase the land before it is lost to wildlife forever – but we need to repay them by the end of 2018.

If we fail Esmée will resell the land on the open market, making the future of this stunning site precarious.

Please donate today:

Click here to visit our Just Giving page

Something for everyone

The new land will more than triple the size of the existing Ashes Pasture nature reserve. This, together with Salt Lake Quarry nature reserve just 100 metres away, and Southerscales, South House Pavement and Brae Pasture nature reserves all within 4km, will create a network of wildlife refuges to safeguard the future for many important plants and animals.

Your support will also enable us to open up access onto the nature reserve without damaging it, inspiring visitors with its views and the wildlife found within.

Without your help we won’t be able to save this site.

We need to raise £175,000 by the end of 2018 to repay the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

We have already raised £36,000 from charitable trusts and other sources and plan to approach the Heritage Lottery Fund and local businesses to secure further funding. This will still leave us with a shortfall of £39,000, which we hope you can help with.

We hope you will help us make this vision a reality.

Please donate today click here to visit our Just Giving page

Thank you