Over Ten Years of Champion Bowland

Champion Bowland

At the present time fundraising is uncertain due to the Covid-19 emergency. The businesses who usually help us with fundraising are no loger able to do so. So we are unable to offer our small grants for the time being. We shall keep you posted.


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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Thornley Community Hub

Volunteers conversting derelict Thornley School into a community hub are on track to open later this year thanks to a grant from Champion Bowland. The £ 750...

Busy Buzzy Bees

Thousands of newcomers to Bentham are settling in nicely, thanks to a £750 Champion Bowland grant - plus £250 from the local Riverside Caravan Park and a £175...

Volunteer Viv Barclay making her first hive inspection.

Thousands of newcomers to Bentham are settling in nicely, thanks to a £750 Champion Bowland grant - plus £250 from the local Riverside Caravan Park and a £175 donation from an Ilkley resident.

The new arrivals are black bees brought to Bentham by Mat Young of Enable Disability who has set up Bentham Buzzy Bees. They and their queen bee are living in woodland and already exploring the area.

Local people have raised money buying packs of wildflower seeds for planting to attract bees that fly three to six miles for pollen.

Mat, along with volunteers, is learning beekeeping skills to be shared with community and disabled groups. The plan is to build up to 29 hives.

Mat said: “We have so much appreciated Champion Bowland’s support in getting our project started.”

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Landmark Trees

Ash dieback. Increasing storms bringing down centuries old Beech trees. Service providers damaging roots of our street trees. The threats to our landmark trees have never been greater.We want to plant the next generation of Landmark Trees in Bowland for future generations. This 'visitor-giving' project aims to work with local businesses, visitors and residents . READ MORE about how you can take part and nominate your 'Landmark' Tree. 
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PHOTO: Our FIRST Landmark Tree: The Seafood Pub Company’s Nina Finn plants the first sapling for Champion Bowland’s Landmark Trees initiative outside the Assheton Arms in Downham – watched by (from left to right): Sandra Silk, Paul Reynolds, Issie Kenyon, Robin Gray, Lady Clitheroe, Mike Pugh and Hetty Byrne.

Downham launch 01 M Sutcliffe

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