Trust Update – August 2021

Trek for Teesdale Flora

Trust Director Dr. Margaret Bradshaw (95) is now over half way towards her completing her 88km sponsored Trek for Teesdale Flora.  

On pony Sigma, accompanied by Tricia Snaith, she aims to raise funds towards this year’s survey and wider work to research and conserve Teesdale’s special flora.  Boosted by the £4,000+  already donated, Margaret has set her sights on raising £7,000 by the end of the trek, in early September.

The trek distance is equivalent to the boundary distance of the River Tees catchment area, where many of the dale’s rarest plants are found.

You can sponsor Margaret’s trek by clicking on the button below (links to our Just Giving Page)


We are currently updating and expanding our website.  

This should be completed shortly.

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Teesdale’s rare flora gets national support

Wonderful news!  The Green Recovery Challenge Fund has awarded £222,400 to our new Plants on the Edge programme.  This means we will be extending our survey and conservation work in 2022-23.  The award will also support Upper Teesdale Botany Group activities and work with the wider community.  Our partners are Northern Heartlands and North Pennines AONB Partnership.  The programme starts in September – look here for more news soon.


What else have we been doing

Late summer and everybody is busy.  The Upper Teesdale Botany Group was able to restart their field work in May 2021.  Whilst the trustees are still ‘enjoying’ the delights of zoom we are really looking forward to our first face to face meeting in 18 months.  


The 2020 Survey

In 2020 our solitary surveyor on the moors of Upper Teesdale completed over 2,500 10m x 10m survey squares, or 25ha of ground.  The updated website will contain more information about the main survey.  The Trust is extremely grateful for the support of the local land owners and managers who worked with us to enable the survey to happen.  

Finally a big thank you to everyone who made a donation.  You enable the important research and conservation work that will protect Teesdale’s Special Flora for future generations.



Dr Margaret E. Bradshaw MBE – founder of the Trust and life long champion of Teesdale’s Special Flora