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Frequently Asked Questions

How many virtual stones are available for adoption?

There are 1.8 million virtual stones - plenty for everyone!

What do I get by adopting a virtual stone?

As an adopter, you will be able to write a personal message on your virtual stone which can be viewed on the virtual wall on this website. You'll also receive a 'thank you' e-certificate and you can opt to receive updates by email about how your donation is supporting projects in Hadrian's Wall country.

Can I go to Hadrian's Wall to see the virtual stone I have adopted?

Your stone is a virtual stone which means that it only exists on the Adopt a Stone website. Much of Hadrian's Wall is no longer visible or is owned by private landowners or organisations such as English Heritage Trust, the National Trust or the Vindolanda Trust and others. You have not bought a real stone, only a virtual one.

Where does the money go?

Your donations will be used to fund projects in Hadrian's Wall Country including work which has been identified as a priority by the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site and National Trail management partnerships, but for which no or inadequate public sector support is available.

Donors who have opted to receive an email newsletter will be periodically informed about the use of the funds.

80% of the funds raised through the Adopt a Stone website will be dispersed to projects on the ground. The remainder will contribute towards the costs of running the Adopt a Stone scheme.

Hadrian's Wall Country

Hadrian's Wall Country describes the landscape that encompasses Hadrian's Wall from coast to coast, including the 10 mile 'corridor' to the north and south of the Wall. There's lots of information about the area - what to see, do and where to stay on the website www.visithadrianswall.co.uk

Website ownership

The management and ownership of this site ‘Adopt a Stone’ which accepts donations to assist with the care and protection of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site, its landscapes and communities, passed to Nurture Hadrian's Wall, which is part of Nurture Cumbria (Charity Number: 1130453).

Nurture Cumbria has similar objectives to the organisation which originally created the website, the Hadrian’s Wall Trust, which is to raise funds to care for and protect landscapes and work with communities and visitors to achieve sustainable tourism outcomes. Nurture Cumbria has over twenty years experience of this work in Cumbria and beyond and is very pleased to be able to widen its work to cover the whole of the Hadrian’s Wall Country.

From 1 February 2015 The Hadrian’s Wall Trust has no further responsibility for any matters relating to this site, its users, visitors, communications etc and is not responsible for any outcomes arising out of its use. Please contact info@nurturehadrianswall.org if you have any queries relating to the site and its purpose in raising funds for Hadrian’s Wall.

Nurture Cumbria is now solely responsible for all contributions and will execute care and expertise in supporting the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site, its communities and landscapes: Hadrian’s Wall Country and will work to ensure donations support Hadrian’s Wall and its communities throughout the North East and Cumbria, across the whole world heritage site.