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Appeal to raise cash to restore footpaths at the Roaches near Leek has now received £10,000 in donations

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 03, 2014

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A public appeal to raise cash to fund the restoration of footpaths at the Roaches beauty spot has reached a major milestone.

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has now received over £10,000 in donations so far towards their Roaches Footpath Appeal.

The nature conservation charity has launched the appeal to raise £30,000 to repair the most eroded paths on the Roaches near Leek over the next two to three years.

An estimated 100,000 visitors every year use the paths on the 975-acre estate, putting huge pressure on them.

James Dennison, fundraising manager at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust said, "It's fantastic to hit the £10,000 mark, and a huge thanks goes out to everybody who has donated so far.

"I encourage as many people as possible who haven't already donated to the appeal to dig deep, and help us carry out this essential work."

Huge scars, sometimes five metres across and a meter deep have been cut into the side of the hills by walkers boots and water run-off. As well as being ugly, they are also damaging the habitat and making it treacherous.

The appeal has already received the backing of many high profile organisations including the British Mountaineering Council and the Ramblers.

Severn Trent Water have also donated the costs of appeal publications and postage to the Trust, as the revamped footpaths will help the local water cycle.

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust began its 125 year lease of the Roaches from the Peak District National Park Authority on 1 May 2013.

The Roaches will remain open throughout the works with minimal disruption.

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