The first online raffle from the North Wessex Downs Landscape Trust closed on 30th June, with the draw taking place on 1st July. Over £1,900 was raised by supporters buying their raffle tickets online to be in with a chance of winning one overall prize of an overnight stay with dinner at The Crown & Anchor in the village of Ham in Wiltshire, a book “Walks from the Crown & Anchor”, tickets and flour from Wilton Windmill and tickets from Crofton Beam Engine – altogether creating a perfect couple of days’ stay in the heart of the North Wessex Downs.
Chairman Donald Sherlock said, ‘we are delighted this raffle has been such a success and our sincere thanks go to those who bought tickets and of course the generous donors of the prize. These funds will help us greatly with our vital conservation work and community projects.’
The winner was drawn at random and the prize was won by Natalie Neal. ‘I’m really thrilled to win the prize and am looking forward to staying at the Crown & Anchor and visiting Wilton Windmill and Crofton Beam Engines – it’s going to be a really lovely couple of days!’
The North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) stretches across parts of Wiltshire, Hampshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire, with areas of rolling chalk grassland, ancient woodlands, arable farmland, steep escarpments, downland hillsides and chalk river valleys – rich in habitats, wildlife and evidence of six thousand years of cultural heritage.
This heritage is alive and active today with world-famous tourist attractions and scenery, busy market towns and some of England’s most attractive and friendly village communities. The Landscape Trust works to promote awareness of these treasures, encourage their enjoyment by both local people and visitors and secure their protection, enhancement and productive use for future generations.
For more information, please visit nwd-landscapetrust.org.uk