Buy a piece of Gun Moor to secure its future

Gun Moor near Leek.

HUNDREDS of people have already donated to a £150,000 appeal launched by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust to make safe a precious upland habitat for rare wildlife in the Moorlands
But more donations are needed to secure the future of Gun Moor, on the outskirts of Leek, which attracts rare upland species including snipe and redpol on the brink of local exteniction.
The ancient stretch of moorland with its unploughed peat is a popular with visitors taking advantage of the fantastic views of The Roaches
A Staffordshire Wildlife Trust spokesman said: “Our vision is a future where wildlife thrives across the landscape and is not confined to small nature reserves.
“To achieve this, we’ve been working strategically within the Staffordshire Moorlands to expand the area of land we own and manage for wildlife.
“Additionally, the Trust strives to involve and influence farmers and landowners to adopt practices that encourage wildlife. Gun Moor is already an important place for wildlife, but under our ownership we’ll make it even better”.
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has entered into a “buy back” agreement with the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
“We asked the Foundation to buy the land with an agreement that we would buy it back from them for the same price within two years,” added the spokesman.
By taking part in this fundraising appeal people can help to secure the future of Gun Moor and ensure that this magnificent landscape can be enjoyed for future generations.
£25 will buy 125m² – almost the same size as half a tennis court
£50 will buy 250m² – the same size as a typical swimming pool
£100 will buy 500m² – about the same size as a basketball court
Anyone who wishes to donate to the appeal and find out more can do so via https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gun-moor