The National Park Societies Annual Conference, which took place at Coniston Hotel & Country Estate near Skipton between Wednesday 8 October and Friday 10 October was a really tremendous success! We had over 70 delegates from across Britain, representing 10 national park societies and kindred organisations. We hosted the conference in partnership with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority as part of their celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the designation of the Yorkshire Dales as a national park.
Seven young people attended on fully residential bursary places thanks to financial support from Craven College, the Rotary Club of Skipton, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, the Mosaic Project and our own support. Our subsidiary social enterprise company, the Dales & Bowland CIC and Malham Tarn Field Studies Council supplied the transport for the study trips.
We are very grateful to National Grid, our main corporate sponsor for making the conference possible. Other financial support came from HF Holidays Ltd, Northern Powergrid and our community supporters (Rotary Club of Skipton Craven and CPRE Wensleydale). Prof Chris Baines, Chairman Stakeholders Group, National Grid Visual Impact Provision project, Julian Smith MP and Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire all spoke to a packed conference room on the Friday morning. We had thought provoking after dinner presentations from David Butterworth, CEO of Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, and Peter Charlesworth, the Authority’s Chairman.
Bretten Lord, young star of “Lad:A Yorkshire Story” and co-star Alan Gibson spoke about their experiences making the film, and we were honoured that Mr Michael Bannister spoke about the history of the Coniston Estate and his family’s part in its regeneration. Colin Speakman, Vice President of the Yorkshire Dales Society gave an authoritative presentation about the history of the designation of the national park and its many achievements over the last 60 years.
Study tours to Malhamdale and Ribblesdale in the company of colleagues from YDNPA and Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and co-lead by young people showcased young people’s involvement as trainees, apprentices and employees.
Local businesses contributed some great Dales products to the delegate bags, including Blonde Ale from Wharfedale Brewery, Yorkshire Scallywag premium scones from Just Desserts of Shipley, and snack packs of Yorkshire Granola. All photos shown here were taken by Steve Finch Commercial Photography for the Society.
STOP PRESS The Yorkshire Dales Society and many others have been campaigning for several years against proposals for very large wind turbines close to, or very visible from, the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Two of those campaigns have just had successful outcomes. Firstly, the Planning Inspectorate has upheld refusal of planning permission for 3 large turbines at Brightenber near Skipton. Secondly, the energy company behind proposals for 3 massive turbines at Killington Lake have withdrawn their application – the issue had been “called in” by the Secretary of State following pressure from the Society and others and was due to considered at a Public Inquiry in September. The Society is not against wind energy, but feels that these two applications would have been visually extremely damaging in such highly value landscapes so close to our protected national park, and would set a precedent for future applications for large numbers of turbines.
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); 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.
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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: 22 October 2014