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Friday, 26 August 2016

National park homes plans get the nod

Three planning applications for new homes for local people in the Yorkshire Dales National Park have been given the green light.

Two of the projects will see the conversion of existing barns and the third will involve a new build.

A barn at Simon’s Seat Farm in Skyreholme will be sensitively converted into a three-bedroom, local occupancy home. The application also includes the removal of redundant agricultural buildings and the construction of a garage. A barn at the Grange in Burtersett will be converted so it can be used either as a short-stay holiday let or as a local occupancy home. Outline planning permission was also given to build a three-bedroom local occupancy bungalow at Millholme Rise in Embsay.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

One trust went to sow, went to sow a meadow and ten years on ...

Conservation and environmental charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust is celebrating ten years since it launched an ambitious scheme to save the declining species-rich hay meadows in the area. And 600 hectares later, the trust team is still making meadows.
A big thumbs up ... Tanya St Pierre and Chris Myers celebrate
ten years of restoring vital meadows, near Askrigg..
 Over the past fifty years, 97 per cent of meadows in the UK have been lost through agricultural intensification, making them one of our most threatened habitats. Only a thousand hectares (less than four square miles) survived, putting hundreds of species of wildflowers and plants, bees, birds and other native wildlife species at risk.

The Hay Time project was set up ten years ago to change that with the trust working alongside farmers and partners Natural England, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to restore more than two square miles of degraded meadows. Trust officials say the work has brought precious habitat back from the brink.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Dales conservation work branches out with new woodland

More than 20,000 native trees have been planted to create a new woodland called Ormsgill Wood in the heart of the Dales.

On the hillside above Airton, and boasting long-distance views over Malhamdale, it comprises a series of gill woodlands that provide important habitat for wildlife including black grouse.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Week-long event celebrates our treasured 'breathing spaces'

Adventure is the theme of this year’s UK-wide National Parks Week, which starts today (25 July) – and there'll be plenty of that given that we have two of Britain's 'breathing spaces' in North Yorkshire.

On the menu ... food tasting at the North York Moors national park.
Photo by Brian Nicholson.
The teams at the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales national parks are getting in on the act and have been busy drawing up a long list of activities including drystone wall demonstrations, geocaching, getting close up to nature, heritage trails, kite making and flying, treasure hunts and musical events to name but a few.
National Parks UK director Kathryn Cook said: "Our 15 wonderfully diverse national parks offer a great range of events and activities – there really is something for everyone to enjoy. So whether you’re a thrill seeker or you are looking for something a little less energetic, we encourage you to get out and be a part of the incredible landscapes that make this country so unique."

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Purpose-built disability accommodation is first for national park

Yorkshire Dales national park visitors with mobility, visual or hearing impairments will soon have a purpose-built place to stay.

Planning permission has been granted for the change of use of a single-storey outbuilding at Eastburn Farmhouse in Newbiggin to self-catering holiday accommodation for people who need fully accessible facilities.

And the development will be the first of its kind the national park and one of only six in North Yorkshire as a whole.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Barn conversions get thumbs up

More barns are to be converted into homes for local people in the Yorkshire Dales National Park after planners gave the green light to four schemes.

The park's planning committee approved the applications subject to conditions.

A traditional agricultural barn will be turned into a three-bedroomed, local occupancy home at Home Farm in West Witton while permission was also given to convert the former Deepdale Methodist Chapel near Dent into a local occupancy home. A former roadside barn outside Austwick, which had been converted into a bunkhouse, will undergo minor internal changes to become a family home while a fourth application involved the conversion of Crane Field Laithe in Otterburn to three-bedroomed accommodation.
Robert Heseltine, the authority’s member champion for development management, said: “Part of our vision for the national park is that it should be home to strong, self-reliant and balanced communities, with good access to the services they need.

“The national park authority is committed to increasing the stock of much-needed local occupancy homes. The conversion of roadside barns is a vital element of our new Yorkshire Dales Local Plan, which sets out our planning strategy for the next 15 years.

“Without a local occupancy stipulation these barn conversions could well end up being sold on the open market for second homes at the expense of keeping local communities together.”

Friday, 15 July 2016

Plan goes under microscope

Public hearings next week will examine new guidelines that will affect planning decisions in the Yorkshire Dales National Park for the next 15 years.

A planning inspector will scrutinise the park's local plan – a strategy for sustainable development – over three days starting on Tuesday (19 July).

The hearings will be held at the national park's offices in Bainbridge and will be chaired by independent planning inspector Simon Berkeley.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Exhibition explores link between Dales landscape and its people

The people and places of the Dales are spotlighted in an exhibition in Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority's Yoredale offices in Bainbridge from next Monday (18 July).

Capturing a way of life ... the work of Guy Carpenter.

Photographer Guy Carpenter is showing images that highlight the link between the landscape and the people who live and work in it.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

National park's new chair will continue to take beautiful area forward

The Yorkshire Dales national park authority's new chairman has vowed to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor in ensuring the area thrives for its communities and many visitors.

Craven district councillor Carl Lis has been elected to head the authority for the third time, taking over from former barrister and circuit judge Peter Charlesworth, who is leaving as a member after completing his term of office.

Exhibition follows in Turner's footsteps

The Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes is marking the bicentenary of JMW Turner's tour of Yorkshire with an exhibition of work by two artists who have been following in his footsteps.

Turner Summer towards  Ingleborough by Debbie Loane.

Jo Hume and Debbie Loane have engaged with the Yorkshire Dales in ways that echo the great artist's activity by connecting directly with the landscape, taking inspiration from the dramatic views and following in his footsteps.

The Turner Trail was created many years ago and has recently been promoted again through Welcome to Yorkshire. The exhibition links with the trail and provides an accessible way of connecting with the landscape and the views that inspired Turner.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Tree sparrow conservation project in for a tweet, thanks to lottery grant

A project to support the recovery of tree sparrows across the Dales has secured a £9,500 heritage lottery grant.

The Yorkshire Dales national park initiative will record the presence of the bird across the area, identifying locations and helping safeguard and increase its population.

Recording will include monitoring existing nest boxes and providing a further 90 across the national park.

Training will involve showing people the right types of bird feeders and nest boxes, and how to identify good habitats for tree sparrows.

The national park authority will produce a booklet and organise a touring exhibition to help raise awareness and support among local communities.

Wildlife conservation officer Mark Hewitt said: “Discovering more about the delightful tree sparrow in the Yorkshire Dales will help us to provide better, more diverse habitats for a range of important, special birds. Local communities can play a real and genuine part in the conservation of a national priority species.”

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Green light for majority of planning applications in Dales national park

Planners gave the thumbs up to 94 per cent of applications submitted in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, last year, according to latest figures.

And a survey showed 89 per cent of applicants and agents were satisfied with the service regardless of whether their application was approved or refused.

Monday, 16 May 2016

The great outdoors beckon with these apprenticeship opportunities

Young folks from 16 to 24 are being invited to get paid to work in the great outdoors.

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust is on the look out for enthusiastic young people to join an environmental apprenticeship scheme to gain valuable skills and experience through hands-on work placements with a range of organisations.

Participants will also study for a Level Two apprenticeship in environmental conservation or landscape horticulture at Craven College, as well as gaining a range of certified skills and help towards transport costs.

The schemes start between July and August and will last between 18 months and two years.

Project officer Jo Boulter said: “The Dales and Fells Trainee Scheme aims to secure stimulating work placements for local young people, enabling them to stay and work in the area that they grew up in, and learn how to enhance and conserve the area.

"Past schemes have shown that these opportunities can be truly life-changing, and many of the young people have gone on to forge successful careers in countryside management upon completion of the programme.”

The opportunities are available through two new programmes at the trust: Stories in Stone which is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, and Green Futures, part of Our Bright Future, a forward-thinking social movement of 31 projects funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.

Further information:, email or call 015242 51002 for full details and an application pack. The deadline for applications is 1 July.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Business urged to back national parks

Join us! That's the messages to businesses to team up with national parks – and there are two of them in North Yorkshire – to ensure the unique areas survive.

Led by a board of directors comprising senior executives volunteering from the private sector and key commercial leaders from the national park authorities, the newly-launched National Parks Partnerships is recruiting companies to make the areas better and to help more people to enjoy them..

Peter Charlesworth, chairman of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said: “The financial and economic realities of today mean that there can, and should, be a much greater collaboration between business and national parks.

“Done properly, there is an opportunity to ensure that national parks can benefit from business expertise and funding, to ensure a bright future for these wonderful places.”

Initiatives being looked a include helping provide for children who would not normally get the chance to have educational experiences in 'outdoor classrooms' in national parks; maintaining accessible paths throughout the national parks and opportunities to collaborate on environmental initiatives including sustainable transport, water and carbon management.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

A heart-felt plea to hit the iconic Dales and Peaks for charity walking

Get yer boots on! That's the call as the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority teams up with a national charity this summer to stage a Day in the Dales – a fund-raising walking event centred on the iconic Three Peaks.

Letting their feet to do the talking: Adrian Purtell (right)
with Three Peaks Ranger Josh Hull
 in front of the Ribblehead Viaduct. Photo by Heart Research UK.
The national park's Three Peaks project team is working with Heart Research UK to stage some sponsored walks on 18 June with all money raised being split between the charity and the vital work of caring for the footpath network around  Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.

Yorkshire-based Heart Research UK is charging a modest registration fee that will cover the cost of organising checkpoints and water stations run by experienced staff and volunteers on both the Valleys and Three Peaks routes.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Strike while the iron's hot to catch this blacksmith display

Visitors to the Yorkshire Dales national park's Malham centre can get a glimpse of the life of a blacksmith, thanks to an exhibition until the end of July.

Crafty ... exhibition photos showing Annabelle at work.
The display features the work of Annabelle Bradley, who took over local smithy in 2007 after re-training following a career as an accountant.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Countryside Museum's new art exhibition is a family affair

A brush with the Dales:
Beverley Hicks at work.
A new exhibition that captures the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales National Park is a real family affair.

Father and daughter artists Peter and Beverley Hicks are showcasing their work in the Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes, until 3 July, focusing on the Malham area and including Malham Cove, Malham Tarn and Gordale Scar.

Museum manager Fiona Rosher said: “It’s very exciting for us to be the venue chosen by Peter and Beverley for their joint exhibition, which is called ‘In Tandem’.

Peter Hicks on his latest Dales work.
“They have explored the very special landscape of Malhamdale in their individual ways and created a stunning show of work.”
Peter said: “For me, Gordale has become a compelling equation – the conflicting elements of falling water, tumbling rocks and high cliff walls – leaving me so much to address; an ever-changing series of contrasting forces.”

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Plans launched for Dales wildflower superhighways and wildlife hubs

Bumblebee identification in the Dales.
Plans are under way to help community groups create wildflower super highways and wildlife hubs across the Dales to provide connected pathways, shelter and food for wildlife all year round.

The Meadow Links project aims to build ‘stepping stones’ between existing fragmented wildlife havens to enable the movement of species.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Hilary's exhibition captures the sometimes hidden beauty of the Dales

Visitors to the Yorkshire Dales national park authority's Yoredale offices in Bainbridge are urged to
check out a new photographic exhibition.

Apperset evening by Hilary Fenten.
Selside photographer Hilary Fenten is showing examples of her work during April and May in the reception area of the building.

The Dales:  People, Landscapes, Seasons exhibition is dedicated to the work of the Yorkshire Dales Society and the national park and features images that capture the sometimes hidden beauty of the area.

Director of corporate services Richard Burnett said: “This latest exhibition of work by a local artist provides a fascinating portrait of people and landscape."

The offices are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. Further information:

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Great expectations! Peregrine chicks could be on the way

Peregrine falcons have taken up residence in Malham Cove in the Yorkshire Dales national park for a new season – and some chicks are expected to be on their way.

Staff and volunteers from the RSPB and the national park authority are setting up a viewpoint at the foot of the cove where visitors can watch the spectacular birds through high-powered telescopes