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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

National park grants up for grabs

The North York Moors National Park Authority is looking for projects to fund that will increase awareness of the area or will benefit local communities. Two types of grant up are for grabs.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Dales trust leads partnership to inspire tomorrow's green leaders

A Dales conservation charity has been chosen as a key partner in a major national campaign to inspire and develop the next generation of environmental leaders.

A group of youngsters learn the traditional art
of dry stone walling in the Dales.
The Big Lottery Fund is investing £33m in more than 30 organisations to launch a five-year Our Bright Future campaign to tackle climate change, social cohesion problems and a lack of opportunities for young people. The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust will lead a partnership of young local people and organisations across the area.

The move is announced today (Tuesday 15 March), three months after the Paris climate change agreement.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Land body picks a litter promotion

Members of the Country Land and Business Association regional team rolled up their sleeves to help launch the new Clean for the Queen promotion.

Bin there, got the T-shirt. The team makes
light work of the clean-up task.

With litter pickers and bin bags, they headed to Richmond to publicise the campaign, which calls on community groups, schools and businesses to help tidy up their local area ahead of The Queen’s 90th birthday.

Regional director Dorothy Fairburn: said: “This is a small way we can highlight the appalling amount of fly-tipping that takes place around our region."
The total number of fly-tipping incidents in England has risen by almost 50,000 to 900,000 according to figures from Defra.

According to the association, this is a fraction of the overall cost of clearing up as these figures don't include any incidents on private land, which farmers and landowners are legally obliged to clear and pay for themselves.

The association is calling on local authorities to be more proactive in dealing with the problem.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Partnership is good news for Dales environment and landscape

A long-standing partnership between two local organisations has been renewed – promising a positive future for the communities, economy, environment and landscape of the Yorkshire Dales.

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority have signed a new memorandum of understanding, renewing their commitment to work together.

National park authority chairman Peter Charlesworth said: “The partnership between the authority and the trust has been a long and incredibly successful one – delivering local projects and programmes worth over £20 million. By working together and building on our respective strengths, we are both committed to supporting our local communities and this wonderful landscape.”

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Topical address as president lecture looks at global role of potash

David Manning.
This year’s biennial lecture by the president of the Geological Society professor David Manning at Scarborough Library on Friday 16 October, will look at the global importance of potash.

The lecture comes months after members of the North York Moors National Park gave permission for UK firm Sirius Minerals, via its subsidiary York Potash, to start work on a £1.7bn potash mine under moorland overlooking Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay.

Monday, 1 June 2015

National park makes major carbon cuts

Yorkshire Dales national park chiefs are reporting a cut of two thirds in carbon emissions over the past nine years. In the past financial year alone there was a reduction of nearly 15 per cent on the previous period.

Chairman Peter Charlesworth said: “These latest figures are a fantastic piece of news. We won the national Low Carbon Council of the Year award in 2012 and these results clearly show that we are not resting on our laurels.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Driver scheme fuels Dales woodland programme's work

Taking root ... young woodland at Aysgarth.
A programme of work to restore natural woodlands in the Yorkshire Dales has been given a £250,000 injection, thanks to a thriving scheme designed to encourage greener driving.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

It's was a load of rubbish but it was also fun, say the pickers

Hutton Sessay was among the communities that celebrated the start of spring by taking part in a nationwide litter pick.

With litter-picking kits from the district council, they hit the roads and paths to take part in the government-designated Community Clear Up day, a campaign to spruce up the country’s high streets, residential and business areas, villages and parks.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Environmental farming has business benefits, too, says partnership

Upland farmers, environmental bodies and agencies have produced a leaflet detailing the benefits of high nature value farming which looks at traditional systems that can deliver environmental benefits and boost business.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Flower festival takes root with bumper programme of activities

Children among buttercups. Photo by Anne Challis.

A festival featuring more than a hundred events to celebrate the wonderful flowers of the Yorkshire Dales is back.

Organisers say there is something for everyone – with everything from 'go wild' weeks, craft and bioblitz events to wildflower walks, talks and identification courses from March to November.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Dales tree planting project branches out with funding pot

Longridge Wood
in Bishopdale.
A funding pot of more than £100,000 is available to support the planting of native broadleaf trees, creating new woodland habitats and providing potential long-term income for landowners in the Yorkshire Dales.

The woodland creation programme will be overseen by charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust whose team is on the look out for suitable sites to plant with a mixture of native broadleaf trees next winter.

More than a million trees have been planted during the past two decades across the area and in Nidderdale through the woodland restoration programme which is delivered and funded by a partnership including the trust, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and the Forestry Commission.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Let's see when spring's sprung

How fast does spring move? The Woodland Trust and the British Science Association are asking North Yorkshire folk the question and inviting them to record the first sightings of five different species over the next few months.

Spotters across all parts of the country will show how spring is moving in their area with first sightings of hawthorn first leaf and first flower, frogspawn, Seven-spot ladybird, oak first leaf and Orange tip butterfly

The Trust’s Nature’s Calendar survey has been recording nature for 15 years to see how species respond to the changing climate from one year to the next. But the charity, with support from the British Science Association as part of British Science Week, which runs from 13-22 March, will now focus on the progression of spring from the South West of England to the North of Scotland.

The data will enable the organisations to learn the direction of spring’s progress across the country, whether species react in different ways and even if its arrival speeds up or slows down as it moves up the country.

Dr Kate Lewthwaite, Woodland Trust citizen science manager, said: “Trees, plants and wildlife are a great barometer for the arrival of our seasons, and the public can help us better understand these wonderful natural events. The more records we receive the greater accuracy we can track the speed of spring’s progress.”

Further information:

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

University students' conservation work creates a buzz

University of York students have planted hundreds of wildflower bulbs to create a welcoming environment for bees and other pollinators.

Working with River of Flowers, a non-profit eco-social enterprise that donates wild plants to community groups and organisations, students set to work on their Heslington East campus.

The social enterprise helps create trails or ‘rivers’ of wildflowers in cities, providing pollen, nectar and shelter for bees and other pollinators that we rely on for food. Mapping locations of where wildflowers can be found in a city, they link organisations growing wild plants and caring for pollinators.

Sponsored by Grow Wild and Artists Project Earth, other York locations where River of Flowers has donated include St Nicks Nature Reserve, York St John University, Glen Community Garden and community gardens.

Dr Sarah West, of the University of York, said: "This is a great opportunity for our students to get involved with some practical conservation work which will increase the amount of nectar available in spring for bees, hoverflies and other pollinators.

"We already have some fabulous flower meadows on Heslington East campus, but these bulbs will extend the flowering season and provide a splash of colour early in the year."

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Council chiefs can't contain their joy, thanks to carton award

Council bosses in Harrogate are celebrating after winning a Golden Carton Award for their work to increase beverage carton recycling in the district. The awards celebrate environmental leadership and recycling best-practice and recognise local authorities achieving the greatest improvements in beverage carton recycling.

The council was recognised for its wide ranging communications, from direct contact with residents to easily accessible information on the council’s website. The council also made excellent use of major events in the borough to reach local residents and proactively engaged with community groups, schools and local interest groups to promote the recycling message.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Schools urged to harvest the many benefits of Dales farm connections

Schools are being urged to make the most of local farms as a major resource for learning and experiencing the natural environment and for finding out more about heritage and conservation.

Farmers and teachers visit Keason Head Farm.
The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust has secured a £15,000 grant for an innovative new project called Dales Farmers in Education.

The programme will enable schools and farmers to link up and bring more high-quality educational farm visits to the region’s schools.

Farmers will have the opportunity to visit and learn from other farms in the area that are already taking part in education access, and teachers will be able to take part in taster days on different farms to see for themselves the potential for using farm visits as an exciting and effective way to support the national curriculum.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Field centre gets official opening

MP for Skipton and Ripon Julian Smith officially opens a state-of-the-art field centre at Nethergill Farm in Oughtershaw, later today (Friday 14 March), where the community wireless broadband connection is making Dales' wildlife more accessible to all, whatever the weather.

The centre has been designed to offer an enhanced experience of the local habitats, birds and wildlife through high tech facilities including large screen PC’s to monitor web cams installed in bird hides, plus telescopes, binoculars, microscope, magnifier and more.

The conversion of the old cow byre into the new facility has been supported by funding from Natural Englandms.

Pupils from Kettlewell Primary School will be having a close encounter with mini beasts like the humble cadis fly, straight from the source of the Wharfe and then learning more with the MP through a virtual lesson via Skype with their teacher back in the classroom ‘down dale’.

Further information:

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Firm branches out with Dales conservation charity support

An area of recently planted native broadleaf woodland on the Bolton Abbey estate near Skipton, has been named the Pcounter Wood to mark a donation to support tree planting from one of the region's firms.

Seeing the wood for the trees: Liz Marshall of AIT Ltd with Lindsay Wallace
and Sarah Brewer from Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust at the Pcounter wood.

AIT Ltd, a provider of print and copy management services, has teamed up with local conservation charity, the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.

Pcounter is a software that helps organisations minimise their environmental impact by reducing their paper, ink and toner usage and waste through full print accountability, thereby helping to create greener and more efficient work places.

The Leeds-based firm has also pledged to dedicate one tree in this special young woodland on behalf of each client purchasing Pcounter software updates, support and maintenance.
The Dales Woodland Restoration Programme is delivered and funded by a partnership including the trust, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and the Forestry Commission.  More than a million trees have been planted to create hundreds of new wildlife habitats across the region.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Views sought on how best to protect county's natural environment

People and groups across North Yorkshire are being invited to give their views on how the county’s natural environment can best be protected and enjoyed.

The North Yorkshire and York Local Nature Partnership has begun a public consultation on its aims and strategy and the deadline to comment is 9 March.

The partnership is one of 48 in England set up with the aim of embedding the value of the environment in local decisions to support healthier people and a thriving economy.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Pioneers look back on impact of influential farming initiative

A pioneering initiative that has had a big impact on the landscape and wildlife in the North York Moors National Park, has come to an end after almost a quarter of a century.

In taking a whole farm approach, the Farm Scheme regarded the landscape, wildlife and recreation value of a farmer’s land as an income asset in the same way as food production.

Commentators at the time hailed it as far-sighted and it has since had a significant influence on the development of agri-environment policy in England and Wales. Natural England’s environmental stewardship schemes used the North York Moors initative as an example of best practice.

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Yorkshire Dales hotel cheques in with another green initiative

Doing their bit: Peter Westwood (left)
 Chris Taplin, directors
 at Stone House Hotel.
Award-winning Stone House Hotel in Hawes is demonstrating its green credentials by supporting the work of a local environmental charity.

The hotel has made a £250 donation to the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and sent customers its Christmas wishes by email to save paper and minimise environmental impact. Last year, the hotel printed more than 2,000 cards.

The donation will help the trust to support vital projects that care for the local landscape and environment.

Other initiatives adopted by the hotel include installing a biomass wood pellet boiler system, water saving shower heads, LED lighting and sourcing local ingredients for the restaurant wherever possible to minimise food miles and support the local economy.