Hadrian's Wall ranks alongside the Pyramids and Machu Picchu in its international importance. It is also an iconic symbol of our country while remaining a special place for the people who live and work close to it.
There are many organisations that are working to protect and conserve Hadrian's Wall National Trail and the World Heritage Site - such as Historic England, Natural England, English Heritage Trust, National Trust, Northumberland National Park, the Vindolanda Trust and the local authorities along the route. Your donations will go towards a variety of projects in Hadrian’s Wall Country being delivered by these and other organisations. And a proportion of the funds will be put into a grants scheme to which community groups or other local bodies in and around Hadrian’s Wall Country will be able to apply for small grants to help them deliver improved access to the area, communication, interpretation, landscape enhancement or educational activities.
Only projects which deliver or complement the objectives of the Hadrian’s Wall WHS and Trail management plans will be funded.
In July 2016, we were pleased to award a grant of £1,500 to Northumberland National Park so that they can replace 7 timber kissing gates along the Hadrian’s’ Wall Path.
The existing iron gates are in a state of disrepair, and replacing them with high quality sustainable timber structures means that they will need to be replaced less frequently, resulting in less disturbance to the nearby archaeological deposits. The cost savings of making fewer replacements also means that resources will be available for conservation work.
Access to the wall is very important. Visitors and local residents should be able to have a first-hand experience of this magnificent site, and the replacement of these gates will help to to uphold the world-wide reputation of the Hadrian’s Wall Path as a case study in heritage access management.
The total cost of the kissing gate project is £3,000 and the donation of £1,500 from the Adopt a Stone Fund will match an additional pot of £1,500 donated by trail walkers and local businesses.