Stop the press... We're over target!
UPDATE: Wednesday, October 16th - Grateful beyond words...
In less than a week, we have surpassed our initial target of £15,000! This is more than we could have hoped for. Thank you to everyone who has donated and shared this campaign!
We'd like to extend extra special thanks to our friends at York Civic Trust for their hugely generous donation of £5,000, which has massively increased our total.
At £21,214 at the time of this update, we are now in a much stronger position to argue the case for Askham Bog's protection at the Public Inquiry. However, as is typical with these things, costs are increasing all the time and our small team is stretched beyond capacity... With just a bit more, we could employ expert planning advice, which would significantly enhance our defence of Askham Bog and its wildlife.
Can we raise £25,000?
We have until October 30th to make it happen...
Please keep sharing and supporting. Askham Bog needs us.
Overwhelmed by the support so far!
UPDATE: Friday, October 11th - WOW... £11,824 raised already! What a way to head into the weekend. Thanks to every single one of you for your amazing support!
Sadly, we cannot risk early celebration. Askham Bog needs us now more than ever and we're already being told to expect costs far exceeding our initial £15,000 estimate. Please share this page and encourage friends and family to join this vital campagin. We must put forward the strongest possible case to save this irreplaceable nature reserve.
If you live or own a business in York, help us spread the word even further by putting a poster up in your window. You can download a poster via this link:
Thanks once again for all your support so far. Together we can #SaveAskhamBog!
"Our collective responsibility to save it." - Sir David Attenborough
UPDATE: Thursday, October 10th - We were absolutely delighted to receive a new statement from Sir David in support of this campagin just yesterday!
"I am disappointed to hear that Askham Bog is again under threat. So much of the natural world is in peril and now, more than ever before, ancient places like Askham Bog, rich in biodiversity, must be protected. It is hugely valued by the people of York and by all naturalists and is part of our cultural and natural heritage. It is our collective responsibility to save it. I would urge all those who love the natural world to support Yorkshire Wildlife Trust who are fighting for it."
Thank you to everyone who has donated and shared this campaign so far. Together we can #SaveAskhamBog!
"Irreplaceable" - Sir David Attenborough
For its size, Askham Bog is the richest place in Yorkshire for wildlife: one in 20 of all UK species is represented here. Only minutes from the centre of York, this nature reserve is a proper urban oasis, and a haven for wildlife and people alike.
Askham Bog is truly astonishing, if a bit of a hidden gem - Sir David Attenborough called it a "cathedral of nature conservation" when he visited in 2016. A remnant of Yorkshire's ancient fenlands (it occupies the site of an ancient lake, left behind by a retreating glacier 15,000 years ago), it's absolutely extraordinary how many plants and animals thrive within its lush 120 acres.
Askham Bog is not only a window to our past - it represents everything we need to protect for the sake of our future.
Under threat again!
In July 2019, the City of York Council unanimously refused the planning application for development next to Askham Bog. Devastatingly, the developers are now appealing this decision and York's oldest and most beloved nature reserve is once again under threat.
Our natural world is in peril. Shockingly, the UK is one of the most nature depleted places on the planet and now, more than ever before, we must fight to conserve places like Askham Bog.
This nature reserve is part of York's natural and cultural heritage - it is our collective responsibility to protect it.
We need your help
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust wants to defend Askham Bog and its wildlife at the forthcoming public inquiry*. But we need your help!
We need to raise a minimum of £15,000 for the necessary legal representation, and to gather additional scientific evidence, to argue the case for Askham Bog's protection.
As a charity we rely on public support - we cannot do this without you.
*Currently set to take place in November 2019.
15,000 years in the making...
Earlier this year, over 7,000 of you stood with us to object to this development! Will you stand with us again?
If 7,000 people donate just £2.50 each, then we will be able to make the strongest possible case to save Askham Bog. This development will cause substantial harm to a nature reserve that's a Site of Special Scientific Interest, as well as an urban haven for people and wildlife.
What's more, the success of this campaign will once again demonstrate to those in power how much our community loves and values Askham Bog.
Askham Bog has been 15,000 years in the making. We need to raise at least £15,000 by October 30th to protect it for Yorkshire, and for the next generation.
Wildlife cannot speak for itself - it is down to us to make a difference.