Two new businesses have demonstrated their commitment to the Yorkshire Dales by signing up as Business Members. Three Peaks Challenge Ltd are based in Wales and organise challenge events on the national Three Peaks (Snowden, Scarfell Pike and Ben Nevis) as well as the Yorkshire Three Peaks and other impressive challenges! Gargrave Auto Services Ltd are a vehicle maintenance and repair garage based just across the Leeds Liverpool Canal from our office in Gargrave, and owners Lisa and Simon are enthusiastic mountain bikers and runners in their spare time. We are thrilled that both companies have signed up to support us. We now have nearly 50 Business Members (at £30/year) – see the full list here and show your support by supporting their business if you can!
We are thrilled to receive an amazing donation of £2,500 from our friends at Skipton Craven Rotary Club, who donated funds from their Santa Fun Run event to the Yorkshire Dales Society recently.
STOP PRESS – It’s OFFICIAL! National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty WILL be exempt from a relaxation of planning rules on barn conversions. Nick Boles, Planning Minister has said “We recognise the importance to the public of safeguarding environmentally protected areas, so this change of use will not apply in Article 1(5) land, for example national parks or areas of outstanding natural beauty.” The Society is delighted to hear this – we have been a key player in the national campaign on this issue. We are very concerned that the proposals in the government consultation would have meant that thousands of field barns in the Yorkshire Dales could easily be converted into dwellings. We believe that would fundamentally undermine the legislation designed to protect the beauty and heritage of the Dales and will do nothing to provide homes for local families. You can read more about our stance on this very important issue here.
We are delighted to welcome our latest Affiliate Member, Friends of Dalesbus. More and more clubs and societies are choosing to join the Society as Affiliate Members and we really appreciate their support. Reaching out to groups who use, campaign for and enjoy the Dales is a great way to spread the word about how important the landscapes and communities of the Dales are to everyone. Affiliate Membership costs £30/year – full details here.
The Society actively campaigns for the protection of the landscapes and communities of the Yorkshire Dales. See our Latest News & Campaigns pages for news on current campaigns – monitoring use by forestry wagons on the historic green lane of Cam High Road; stopping profileration of wind turbines at Knabs Ridge (Harrogate), Killington Lake (northen Dales), and at Brightenber Hill, Gargrave; supporting endeavours to move Ribblesdale quarry traffic off the roads, out of Settle Town Centre and onto the railways. We are active on many other issues threatening the Dales – see the Campaign pages, our Facebook page and join us as a Member to receive updates in fantastic Yorkshire Dales Review magazine.
STOP PRESS – we have just heard from action group Save the Dales that Kelda have withdrawn an application for 7 turbines at Knabs Ridge near Harrogate, and will not submit for a further 17 turbines, due to community pressure and huge volume of objections received (including from YDS). This is very good news. However, Infinis are planning to apply for 6 very large turbines (125m) very close to the AONB boundary nearby at Lindley Moor. We will keep posting news on this, or see Save The Dales website. These turbines would be 10m higher than the tallest building in Yorkshire – Bridgewater Place in Leeds!
YDS Facebook – photos, campaign news, events, and lots more! We’ve built a community of over 250 (March 2014) who follow our Facebook site – from right across the world!. Please help us reach 300 this year! We may not be in the “big league” but we value every single Like we get on our page.
Talk to us! Ring our office on 01756 749400, or email us via the Contact Us page if you need more info on anything you find on our website, or want to learn more about the benefits of membership.
The Yorkshire Dales Society was founded in 1981. We are a membership charity, actively campaigning for a sustainable future for the Yorkshire Dales. You can download a pdf of our charitable objects.
Campaign: We are an independent charity which campaigns against threats to the communities and special landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales.
Protect: We actively support the sustainable protection of this internationally important area. One of our key projects is the provision of the Sunday Dalesbus service, benefitting residents, businesses and visitors alike.
Enjoy: We offer a year round programme of events, walks and talks so everyone can enjoy and learn more about this beautiful area and why it needs protection.
YOU CAN HELP THIS VITAL WORK BY BECOMING A MEMBER
As a registered charity we rely on the subscriptions and donations from our Members to fund our vital work in campaigning for the protection of the Yorkshire Dales and the well-being of its communities. See the Membership or How to Join buttons for details of our affordable subscription rates.
Members receive the prestigious Yorkshire Dales Review Magazine four times/year and gain free entry to all walks and talks.
Page last updated: 3 April 2014