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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Major £20m campaign launched to help save Hadrian's Wall

A major £20 million fundraising campaign is underway to ensure the survival of Hadrian’s Wall for future generations.

Linda Tuttiett photo
Linda Tuttiett

The Hadrian’s Wall Trust has launched the appeal as it is faced with raising at least an extra £170,000 a year to maintain the world heritage site and develop visitor management.

It comes on the back of severe funding cuts over the last two years, according to the trust.

Linda Tuttiett, chief executive, explained: “The budget for the maintenance of the Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail suffered a major reduction this year and now also needs additional support.

“We are determined to maintain the trail in excellent condition.

“The world heritage site is a national asset which attracts visitor spend of over £880m per year to the north of England.

“We want to give more people better access to all the world heritage site has to offer, from west Cumbria to Tyneside.”

The fundraising drive urges people to adopt virtual stones in a virtual Hadrian’s Wall by visiting www. adoptastone.co.uk.

Larger donations will qualify for one of the 162 turrets, while the biggest will be entitled to one of the 80 milecastles.

Ms Tuttiett added: “We’re asking everyone who cares about Hadrian’s Wall to help if they can by adopting part of the wall.

“The website is fun to use with a small army of Roman characters, it’s informative about Roman sites along the wall and it has a serious message.”

Meanwhile, the trust also needs funding to set up a system to monitor the condition of the 150-mile long monument in the long term.

The scheme, called Wall Watch, will help staff monitor the impact of both visitors and climate change.

Another problem facing the landmark is ongoing erosion of earthworks that form part of the wall.

Large sections of the wall, which are made of up earthworks like vallum, are being affected by visitors and livestock.

The trust says it hopes to raise £20m not only to secure the wall’s future but also to reinvest large amounts over the next decade.

“That would be a great cause for celebration in 2022 – the 1,900th anniversary of the building of Hadrian’s Wall”, Ms Tuttiett said.


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