Halfway there, Fire Fund has reached 50% of the target!
Fire Fund - launched in response to the devastating fires in the National Park this spring.
The sunniest May on record provided the perfect conditions for fires to quickly get out of control. A smouldering disposable barbeque, ashes blown from a camp fire, a dropped cigarette butt and even a broken glass can lead to catastrophic damage to our precious and protected landscapes.
The damage to the environment, wildlife, habitats, cultural heritage, and vegetation takes years to recover and hundreds of thousands of pounds to repair.
Fires are devastating to Peak District landscapes and we’ve seen a number in recent weeks. It’s heart-breaking to see swathes of our internationally important landscapes being damaged. The smallest spark can lead to huge amounts of damage.
These fires are catastrophic for wildlife, flora and, importantly, the peat or woodland itself which provides unique habitat and vital carbon and water store. Ground nesting birds, many of which are already suffering a decline in numbers, will be unable to move eggs and young to avoid the flames.
What can you do to help?
We’ve been overwhelmed with the public concern and offers of support so we have now set up a Fire Fund as part of our #70kfor70 campaign.
Your donation will help us to fund repair damage and fire prevention work for the future with our many partners in the Peak District Fire Operations Group (FOG).
Please give, if you can, to help us protect and care for the Peak District we all love.
You can also help by…
• Never lighting fires or barbecues in the Peak District National Park.
• Never dropping cigarette butts.
• Reporting sightings of smoke at the earliest possible moment, and most importantly, identify as accurately as possible where the fire is. Report to the fire brigade by calling 999.
Why don’t we call it a wildfire?
The fires that ravage our protected landscape every year are not wild. Yes they are in wild places, but they are not caused by wildlife or nature. They are a caused by us, people, who (usually) unintentionally spark a fire by not thinking more carefully about our own impact on this fragile landscape. A discarded cigarette butt, a dropped metal can or glass bottle, a BBQ left to smoulder, is all it takes to start a fire which in these dry, hot conditions can spread out of control terrifyingly quickly.
Thank you for your support, together we can make a difference.
Making good progress, Fire Fund has reached 25% of the target!
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