Join us to help protect and provide greater access for others to the outdoors

Kendal Mountain Festival and The Lake District Foundation are excited to announce an innovative partnership to raise funds for conservation. Festival-goers are able to donate to a new fund hosted by the Foundation, supporting the joint mission to look after our natural world and inspire others to share the many benefits of life outdoors.

Help us to buy and protect for eternity a mountain by supporting the World Land Trust!

The Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve in the Hoya Verde region of Mexico, is a beautiful and biodiverse area. Much of it is under private ownership and consequently not protected and currently at threat from cattle ranching, slash and burn forest clearance, illegal hunting, timber extraction, mining and urban sprawl.

Kendal Mountain Festival is aiming to support a very valuable additional purchase of 241 acres to add to Hoya Verde. Its protection will ensure safe forest habitat, carbon capture and protection of environmental services (particularly clean drinking water). In terms of the rare species using the reserve these include Puma, Margay, Ocelot, Tayra, Crested Guans and Bearded Wood-partridge; this amazing forest also has cicadas and incredible orchids.

We are part of the World land Trust's, 'Buy an Acre' project where funds are raised to 'buy' the land, then ownership is passed over to local conservational groups. It will be called the Kendal Mountain Festival Reserve and will be visitable.

We believe it is a powerful way to demonstrate how as individuals doing something small collectively leads to doing something huge.

To show our collective commitment to the environment, we are asking friends of the Festival and outdoor lovers to come together with donations to raise funds to purchase 241 acres of this stunning mountainous land to enable World Land Trust and it’s Mexican partner to purchase and protect this area of land for ever!

About the World Land Trust

World Land Trust is a UK-based non-profit environmental organization established in 1989. Its primary aims are to ensure conservation of plants, animals and natural communities in areas at risk. For this purpose, it privately funds the purchase of large tracts of land by local NGOs for the purposes of protecting it. World Land Trust patrons include Sir David Attenborough, Steve Backshall, David Gower and Chris Packham.


Please donate via our Just Giving page below or by adding a donation to your ticket purchase. Donations will be split between World Land Trust, local community conservation projects and projects involving young people. With the Festival attracting over 16,000 visitors in 2018 the potential to make a real difference is enormous. You can also donate whilst purchasing your tickets, simply follow the 'Donations' instructions in the checkout process.