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Sandstone Ridge Trust

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The Sandstone Ridge Trust was established in 2011 to continue the work of previous landscape-scale delivery projects set up to conserve the special qualities of the Ridge. These included the Sandstone Ridge ECOnet Partnership (2005-09) and Heritage Lottery Funded Habitats and Hillforts Landscape Partnership Scheme (2008-12).

The Trust was granted charitable status on 28 October 2011 (registered charity number 1144470) and is a company limited by guarantee, incorporated on 17 June 2011 (company number 07673603). Its Articles of Association can be viewed here. The Trust is run by a Board of Trustees, and supported by local communities.

Its vision is: "to improve and enhance the natural beauty and special qualities of the Cheshire Sandstone Ridge for all those who live in, work on, or visit the area".

It aims to achieve this by:

  • Conserving the special qualities of the Ridge
  • Celebrating and improving understanding of the area's archaeological, historical and cultural inheritance
  • Increasing public enjoyment through interpretation and improved access
  • Developing rural skills and providing training, volunteering and educational opportunities in the natural and historic environment.

The Trust is just completing the three year Heritage Lottery funded Ridge: Rocks and Springs project working with local volunteers to understand how the distinctive physical features of the Ridge have shaped the cultural heritage of the area, and specifically, how sandstone and water supplies, have enabled settlers, farmers and industrialists through the ages to develop and exploit their environment.

It is currently working on a Heritage Lottery and Cheshire West and Council funded Transition Project (2017-18) to create a strong partnership and strategic management framework that will promote the Sandstone Ridge's natural beauty and special qualities, and secure the necessary long-term financial and community investment to create an attractive environment in which businesses and local communities can continue to thrive.

You can read more about the Trust's priorities and activities for the next three years (2016-19) in its current Business Plan.

There are many ways you can help the Sandstone Ridge Trust and its work to look after the Sandstone Ridge, including:

  • Helping with a wide range of practical conservation and access tasks across the Ridge, as well as surveying its wildlife and heritage, and media and communication activities
  • Helping the Trust engage with residents, businesses, and other people interested in the Ridge
  • Becoming a Trustee to help run the Sandstone Ridge Trust

If you would like to help the Sandstone Ridge Trust with any of these aspects, or if you would just like to explore possible ways you might be able to help, we'd love to hear from you.