To: National Trust

Lansdowne Monument - make a fuss

Lansdowne Monument - make a fuss

We want them to fix the Lansdowne Monument at Cherhill, Near Calne, Wiltshire

Why is this important?

The Lansdowne Monument has stood tall and proud on the skyline overlooking Cherhill since 1845 and is a Grade II* listed monument. Now designated a monument at risk. For the last EIGHT years it has been hidden under scaffolding.

The monument is in the ‘care’ of the National Trust, who agreed to conduct a condition survey in February 2018. Although the National Trust agreed to the survey they have stated that they do not have the funds to restore the monument without Fund Matching. (Estimated cost of repair is £1.2 to £1.5 million).

Yet within the past eight years no fund matching has commenced. The National Trust do not support independent fund raising. We have tried to engage with the National Trust for the past two years, and have offered to assist in raising funds, but they have ignored us.

Unless we start making a fuss, our monument will not be restored. It is not a priority to the National Trust as it is not an income generator. But we must make it a priority for us to ensure that the monument is restored to its former glory! It is an iconic feature of our landscape and part of our heritage. The monument celebrates it's 175th birthday in 2020 and we want our monument restored by this date.


Reasons for signing

  • It needs to be restored
  • Pity about all the irritating pop-ups that came up after I signed this!
  • The monument along with its adjacent white horse offers one of the best and most recognisable panoramic views in North Wiltshire. It can be seen from as far away as Bradford -on-Avon. It would be unforgivable if the National Trust allows it to deteriorate any further. Particularly since they are happily restoring the Wellington monument in Somerset. I am a strong supporter of the National Trust but all I can say in this respect is shame on you.

Updates

2018-03-01 16:27:53 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2018-02-28 04:27:31 +0000

500 signatures reached

2018-02-27 18:35:58 +0000

100 signatures reached

2018-02-27 18:09:50 +0000

50 signatures reached

2018-02-27 17:32:36 +0000

25 signatures reached

2018-02-27 16:58:56 +0000

10 signatures reached