Ten Years of Champion Bowland

Champion Bowland

Champion Bowland provides easily accessible small grants for local projects which benefit the environment, local communities and visitors within the Forest of Bowland AONB. Champion Bowland raises funds from visitor donations, charitable activities and other sources. We are proud of introducing individuals and groups to the unique landscape and culture of the Forest of Bowland through school visits or funding Trampers (off-road mobility scooters).

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Lancashire Best Kept Village

The organisers of this competition received a grant to purchase a digital projector and screen which they will use to assist in the training of their judges...

Bleasdale Bird Hide

The bird hide near Bleasdale Cottages was originally built ten years ago with support from the AONB's sustainable development fund. Owners Robert and Anne...

Bolton by Bowland Heritage Trail

The village of Bolton by Bowland have recently been busy putting together a new Heritage Trail booklet for the area. Champion Bowland was pleased to be able...

Over the last three years the Bowland HayTime project  has been restoring wildflower meadows in the AONB. On a number of occasions visitors and businesses have donated funds totalling £280 to the project, and these have been looked after by Champion Bowland. 

This year the AONB's sustainable development fund has supported a new project run by Ribblesdale Rotary which is working with 5 primary schools to get them more involved in their local environment. Children will be gathering seed and growing plug plants for the meadows, and visiting the farms where they are cared for during the year. In order to make this project really effective the HayTime funds held by Champion Bowland have been used to purchase compost and pots for the schools to use. HayTime project officer, Sarah Robinson said "I am delighted that these funds, given by Bowland Festival goers and local businesses, have been put to such good use in the project. It will be fantastic to see so many young people learning about and enjoying our beautiful meadows in Bowland."

Plug plants ready for planting out at the Inn at Whitewell meadow



Help Champion Bowland keep Bowland special.

Donate online via BT MyDonate CLICK HERE


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Look out for our Donation Boxes in local Tourist Businesses.

Landmark Trees

This 'visitor-giving' project aims to increase the number of trees in villages to provide continuity when existing landmark or 'veteran' trees reach the end of their natural life. This project is currently under development with Downham Estate and local businesses.
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Support Champion Bowland by indulging in some retail therapy. 

Take a look at our fantastic new Bowland clothing and merchandise range produced for us by The Bowland Clothing Company based in Ribchester. 60% of the profits from these sales will be donated to Champion Bowland.


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