Climber Richard takes on challenge for Trust’s fundraising appeal

A climber has taken on a gruelling challenge to raise money for a charity’s efforts to purchase a new piece of land vital to wildlife.

Richard Taylor, from Burbage, near Buxton, is raising money for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, and has taken on a challenging quest by climbing 100 boulders and various routes across The Roaches to support the charity’s bid to purchase a site called Craddocks Moss.

Craddocks Moss, near Stoke-on-Trent, is already a haven for rare plants like sphagnum mosses and cottongrass; and the four spotted- chaser dragonfly is making a cautious return.  The Trust is sure, that under their care, even more wildlife could return to this diverse habitat.

Richard, aged 49 who is aiming to raise £500 for the appeal, said: “When I heard of the Trust’s appeal to buy the site, I wanted to do something straight away to help.

“I love climbing, so I quickly came up with the idea of creating a challenge to raise some extra funds for the appeal.

“I had to wait until the weather was ok, which has been difficult lately, but I spied my chance last week and managed to complete it. It was difficult and took a lot out of me, but I’m so proud to have completed it and supported such a worthwhile cause.”

The Trust’s bid to buy Craddocks Moss is part of a national 30 by 30 campaign which is aiming to put nature back into recovery across the county by putting 30 per cent of land aside for nature by 2030.

The vision for Craddocks Moss includes attracting endangered and long-absent species such as the water vole, and the insect-eating sundew plant; birds such as willow tit and curlew; the rare bog bush cricket; the whitefaced darter dragonfly; and the pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly.

Anyone who can support Richard’s appeal can visit