The Access & Conservation Trust (ACT) aims to promote sustainable access to cliffs, mountains and open countryside by facilitating education and conservation projects that safeguard the access needs of climbers, hill-walkers and mountaineers.

ACT is a charitable trust, established by the British Mountaineering Council, the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) and the Mountaineering Council of Ireland (MCofI). It was formed in late 2001, and has grown out of the BMC’s successful Access Fund. ACT will allow tax efficient donations for more expensive UK-wide projects.

ACT will build on the good work of the BMC’s Access Fund, and cooperate with interested parties on a range of projects across the UK and Ireland.

What does ACT aim to achieve?

– Support rural access and conservation projects that protect access and promote sustainable use

– Educate and raise awareness of conservation issues

– Inform people about areas of ecological sensitivity

– Research the benefits and impacts of mountain recreation and tourism

– Train and support access and conservation volunteers