Save our Spires


Soaring high above their surroundings, church spires were often built as an attempt to get as close to Heaven as possible.  Sadly, these days many are in danger of going in the other direction.

(Many thanks to Kestrel-Cam for the Aerial Filming used in the 'Save our Spires' film.)

Over the last three years, the National Churches Trust has funded repairs to 17 spires in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, investing over £370,000 in their future. You can see the churches we've helped on our photo gallery page.

However, Historic England's 'Heritage at Risk' register, published last year, shows that over 40 churches require urgent attention to their spires. You can find details of these churches on our online map.

And many church spires in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are also in need of major repair.

That's why we need to raise another £250,000 and to do that we need your help.

Your donation today will help us make sure that these amazing structures continue to amaze - we'll make sure every pound goes toward helping repair a spire.

Please donate online now

Other ways to support our 'Save our Spires' appeal.

Send a text message to support the appeal – please text SOAR15 followed by the amount you’d like to give to 70070 (So to give £5, it’s SOAR15 £5)

Donation cheques, made payable to ‘National  Churches Trust’, with ‘ Spire Appeal ’ written on the back of the cheque, can be posted to: Save our Spires, National Churches Trust, 7 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3QB

You can also support the campaign through event fundraising. Check out and download our poster and toolkit for great fundraising ideas to get you started. 

Photography competition

As well as making sure that we have enough money to save more church spires for future generations, we're also holding a photography competition which allows you to show us your favourite spires and why they are such an important part of the UK's landscape.

The overall winner will receive a £250 cash prize (kindly donated by a Friend of the National Churches Trust), to be shared with the church featured in the winning photo. There will be other prizes as well, including a ticket for a special tour of St Paul's Cathedral, with afternoon tea in the Crypt Cafe included. You can upload your photos by using the form below. You can also upload your photo to Facebook at

We'll be showcasing your photographs on our Facebook page and will be announcing the winning entries in early October 2015.

Before you do so, please take a quick look at the terms and conditions of the photography competition.