The BMC has produced a code of conduct – the Crag Code – to encourage the sustainable use of crags in England and Wales. The code consists of ten important reminders for people visiting our crags – from respecting the rock and other people to keeping to established footpaths and keeping dogs under control. Whilst the majority of climbers and boulderers have a positive attitude towards crag access and protection, the BMC felt a code was needed to help prevent situations whereby access may come under threat.
The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) has restructured, revitalised and relaunched its charity – the BMC Access and Conservation Trust (ACT) – which funds projects to protect our cliffs and mountains. The BMC is now raising the profile of the charity in order to help identify new projects to fund and to generally boost support. ACT has helped fund worthwhile projects in the mountains for over ten years yet it is not widely recognised as the BMC’s charity. It is hoped ACT’s new identity (including a new logo and publicity material) plus a new online donation facility will make it easier for people to support its valuable work for years to come.
BMC CEO Dave Turnbull said, “ACT funds some fantastic projects to protect our mountains that we as climbers and walkers all benefit from. Projects range from footpath improvement and erosion control in the UK to litter picks on Everest. There is still a clear need for the financial support offered by ACT so we are committed to raising its profile and increasing the number of initiatives we support each year.”
ACT supports the BMC’s work by funding a wide range of practical projects including:
Practical crag and footpath restoration
Mountain recreation and conservation research
Sustainable transport initiatives
Campaigns for your countryside rights
Crag and mountain information and guidance
These projects complement and add to the BMC’s own access & conservation work. New for 2011, ACT is also funding a BMC research grant initiative for postgraduate students working on projects that benefit climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers.
The BMC is encouraging people to support ACT in a variety of ways:
Buy a limited edition print – he BMC has commissioned artist and guidebook illustrator Phil Gibson to produce a limited edition print of the BMC-owned cliff Craig Bwlch y Moch, Tremadog. Each of the 100 prints will be individually signed by Tremadog pioneers Joe Brown, Ron Fawcett and Eric Jones. These will soon be available to buy via the BMC online shop- www.thebmc.co.uk/shop – or by calling the BMC on 0161 445 6111.
Suggest a project for ACT to support.
Join ACT on Facebook.
There’s also a chance to win one of the unique limited edition prints. For every £5 donated, supporters will be entered into a prize draw (i.e. a £20 donation gets your name in the hat 4 times). The draw will be made at the Kendal Mountain Festival in November 2011.