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    Weʼve raised £1,000 to help fund The Restoring Hardknott Forest Project's tree planting this season by hiking from Lancaster to Glasgow in time for COP26.

    Funded on Friday, 21st January 2022

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    We're doing a big ole walk to Glasgow for COP26 and to raise funds for planting trees, so every donation counts to more trees being planted :D

    (Thanks for getting here and I would love if you could take the (5 minutes?) to read on, it would mean a lot to me!)

    What We're Doing

    Myself and my good friend Ben will be hiking over 260 miles on a 24 day trip from the city we're graduating univeristy from this year (Lancaster) to the city hosting COP26 (Glasgow).

    Why We're Doing It

    We'll be leaving towards the start of October so we can get there in time for COP26 in Glasgow which starts on the 1st November. The journey is going to be challenging, involving a lot of nights wild camping and long journeys through our lovely British Isles.

    But as shown by the 6th IPCC Report last month, we are now more likely than not to reach 1.5C warming even under the best case scenario. It is also shown, if we take the measures necessary NOW, there is still a pathway where we can limit warming to 1.5C. It is for this reason this Convention of Parties (COP26) is regarded as our last chance.

    And it is for this reason we will be in Glasgow to support the pressure placed on our world leaders to ensure it will be treated as the emergency it is.

    We are taking this long, adventurous walk there to raise awareness of this and to raise funds for our chosen charity, which brings me to...

    Restoring Hardknott Forest Project

    The University of Leeds and Forestry England have been working together for over 17 years to restore the entire 630 hectare area. After joining them for a day trip organised by Lancaster University and helping in the restoration process in December 2019, I can attest to the quality of work they do to enable the area to flourish on its own.

    How you Can Help

    It is tree-planting season!

    Saplings for the rarer native tree species under-represented in the area are being bought in time for this tree-planting season, but fund are limited so only so many saplings, and therefore so many trees, can be planted this season. We're talking about Alder, Crab Apple, Hawthorn, and Hazel, all of which are great for the local wildlife too!

    With your donation, it means more of these trees can be planted in Hardknott Forest. Even if it is just 1p to show you support this, it would mean a lot :')

    Our Route

    We will be travelling roughly 260 miles by public footpaths to appreciate our lovely countries, involving popular ways such as the Dales Way, Cumbria Way, Annandale Way, and also the Kentigern Way so we can appreciate Scottish Heritage along our journey too.

    Thank You!!

    I just want to say thank you for taking the time to check out this sponsored hike we're doing, and every penny donated to support the tree-planting at Hardknott Forest would be so so very appreciated :)

    Wishing you well,

    Jamie and Ben


    Restoring Hardknott Forest Project: AND

    As inspired by these awesome people:

    6th IPCC Report:



    • Jamie Malone & Ben Shellien3 months ago
      Jamie Malone & Ben Shellien

      Jamie Malone & Ben Shellien

      3 months ago

      Update #2 The Good News The hike has nontheless continued on well into Scotland and now at the evening of the 3rd Checkpoint and Rest Day I'm typing this from now! We had originally planned to make a mini movie to share the hike with all of you. Ben has captured some amazing footage so far which we can't wait to show you. For now, to let my family track my progress and know I'm alive, I made a quick Twitter page for my updates. I'm sharing this with you now too here:

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    • Jamie Malone & Ben Shellien3 months ago
      Jamie Malone & Ben Shellien

      Jamie Malone & Ben Shellien

      3 months ago

      First Major Update of the Trip: It's certainly has had it's up and downs! But first with the... Bad News: Unfortunately, Ben suffered foot injuries towards the start of the hike. All credit and respect to his determination, he perserved all the way to Keswick until he couldn't take another step. He's resting up at home now, fate permitting he can rejoin the hike towards the end but his health and well being comes first! Wishing you well mate, couldn't have asked for a more entertaining yet disciplined hiking companion 💪

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    • Jamie Malone & Ben Shellien3 months ago
      Jamie Malone & Ben Shellien

      Jamie Malone & Ben Shellien

      3 months ago
      Update from the Page owner

      Oh wow! Thank you to everyone who has helped us almost double our fundraising target! The Hardknott Forest Team are aiming to buy the rarer tree saplings in the number of thousands, and with all you generous folk we can help make that happen! It's been non-stop and super busy since we left on the 8th (we've either been hiking, eating, or sleeping) and there's a lot to update on (see the next post). Seeing the words of encouragement and every single one of your donation has been a great source of motivation for us along the way, so thank you!

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    • Chris & Ste

      Chris & Ste

      Nov 11, 2021

      Yaaay well done 👍🏻 xxx


    • Shaun Cook

      Shaun Cook

      Nov 10, 2021

      Excellent stuff lads!


    • Emma Goodford

      Emma Goodford

      Nov 6, 2021

      Amazing walk and great work- valley looking beautiful- imagine 50 years time.


    • Carole Palmer

      Carole Palmer

      Nov 3, 2021

      Well done young man!


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      Nov 1, 2021

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      Nov 1, 2021


    • Sam Hiller

      Sam Hiller

      Nov 1, 2021

      Well done Cousin, Great Achievement! Sam


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