Bowland Champion Joins Champion Bowland

5th November 2020

It was announced today (Nov 5 2020) that William, 16th Lord of Bowland, an active and longstanding champion of the Forest of Bowland, its people, landscape, heritage and rural economy, is to become a Trustee of Champion Bowland.

Champion Bowland is a grant-making charity that helps fund local projects which benefit the environment, local communities and visitors within the Forest of Bowland National Landscape (National Landscape).

The notoriously camera-shy Lord of Bowland has a track record, dating back to 2009, of schools visits, sponsorship of business awards and local heritage, the commissioning of music (Songs of Bowland, an original choral composition by Lakeland composer Christopher Gibbs), and even the ceremonial unveiling of the occasional road sign. He also hosts the Annual Lord of Bowland Lecture at Browsholme Hall, a much-loved local history event due to celebrate its 10th anniversary this year (2020) but postponed because of Covid-19 restrictions.

William Bowland said: “I am honoured to be invited to become a Trustee of Champion Bowland, an outstanding charity that does so much for the Forest of Bowland, its people, landscape and visitors.  I look forward to contributing to its important work”.

Mike Pugh, chairman of Champion Bowland, said: “I’m delighted William Bowland, a committed champion of Bowland, is joining the ranks of Champion Bowland. William’s energy, dedication and vision will make a huge difference. We greatly look forward to working with him for the benefit of all those who live, work or visit our beautiful Forest”.



William Bowland, 60, succeeded to the Lordship of Bowland in 2008.  Since then, he has worked tirelessly with the Forest of Bowland National Landscape to celebrate and promote Bowland, its people, landscape, heritage and rural economy.  For more information, see:

For further information, contact Margaret Wright on email:  or tel: 01282 776285 or mob: 07989 401595.

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