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Barry Smith

Bridge to Bridge - Walking the Palladian Way

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Having worked at Stowe for 38 years, I have seen the huge transformation that the gardens have undergone since they were gifted to the National Trust in 1989. To mark the 30th anniversary of this incredible transformation, I, along with two colleagues from NT Prior Park, will be walking 125 miles from the Palladian Bridge at Stowe to the one at Prior Park to raise money for Stowe's ongoing restoration.[/p][p]Over the last 30 years, the Trust has restored gardens, conserved iconic grade I listed structures, returned statuary, repaired lakes and brought conservation to the forefront of the site. Recent projects include the return of the Circle of the Dancing Faun, stabilization of the Temple of Friendship, rebuilding of the Haha and the restoration of Lamport Garden. But there is much still to do.[/p][p]Stowe has always been a part of my life, from playing on the site as a boy, I was inspired by the landscape and became lucky enough to build my career here. It's always been my aim to restore the gardens to their 18th century glory and return them to their rightful place as the most important gardens in Europe and home of the landscape movement.[/p][p]Those who know me understand how much Stowe means to me and so I wanted to step up(!) to the plate for this special anniversary year, challenge myself and get fit all at the same time. We will be walking approximately 15 miles a day, taking in some incredible scenery and historic sites. And the fishing rod will be packed too![/p][p]Anything you can do to support me while raising money for this (ongoing) mammoth restoration would be much appreciated.[/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]
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Event

Personal Challenge Date

23 Mar 2019

Supporters

Apr 16, 2019

Anonymous

£20.00

Apr 9, 2019

Anonymous

Well done, Barry. Congratulations on completing the walk

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 7, 2019

John Walton

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Apr 2, 2019

Gillian Mason

Apr 2, 2019

Anonymous

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 2, 2019

Anonymous

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Apr 1, 2019

Matt

Well done Barry. Reminded you why you have legs.

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Mar 31, 2019

Anonymous

£40.00

Mar 31, 2019

Rob Brown. NT member.

Great idea and well done on completing it!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Mar 30, 2019

Anonymous

Fantastic achievement!

£10.00