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).


New Trustee joins Champion Bowland

Mark Sutcliffe, a former student of the Royal Grammar School who now heads Salar Media Services is the latest recruit to Champion Bowland. Mark began his...

Our new badges!

Available from our sustainable tourism providers in the Forest of Bowland. Get them whilst you can!

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...

Mark Sutcliffe, a former student of the Royal Grammar School who now heads Salar Media Services is the latest recruit to Champion Bowland.

Mark began his career as a journalist on the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times and also worked for the Burnley Express. Mark offers communication advice to the Forest of Bowland AONB and spends much of his spare time walking and cycling in the Forest of Bowland.

It is an honour to be asked to join the Champion Bowland team at such a pivotal moment. Farming, food, recreation and the environment are rapidly moving up everyone's agenda and I'm looking forward to playing an active role in communicating the value of the Forest of Bowland's wealth of natural assets to a wider audience.


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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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