A protest group named as "Friends of Blencathra" has lodged a counter bid using a substantial sum donated by British outdoor clothing label Berghaus. The land sale would take six months to be finalised because the local authority, Eden District Council, is obliged to allow the group time to raise enough funds. The Friends of Blencathra have offered 300,000 pounds less than what the Earl wants to earn from Blencathra, the report said. Debbie Cosgrove, who chairs the group, said: "If someone buys the mountain it is unlikely they have charitable aims." However, Martin Knowles, a local resident, said the buyer (Mittal) wants to preserve the mountain and has the money to pay farmers to repair the footpaths and wells. "Whereas if the Friends scrape together enough cash, they will have no money to preserve it," Knowles added.