The Society is supporting Gift Your Gear, a national initiative set up by Rohan co-founder Sarah Howcroft. This is a great way to donate unwanted, used but good quality outdoor clothing – waterproofs, fleeces, hats, scarves, gloves, walking boots/shoes – to help local charities and youth groups. We are holding a special donations event at Rohan Long Preston on Wednesday 26 March (11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) when Trustees and volunteers will be on hand to personally thank people making donations of outdoor gear. Read more here.
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.
Our latest public walk and talk at High Bentham in early February was a bit muddy – as you can see from the photo! Thankfully everyone came properly equipped and enjoyed the wonderful views and local heritage on a walk led by local member of the Bentham Footpaths Group, Mr Bev Sim. Many thanks to David Checkley, British Cave Research Association (Affiliate Members) who gave a fascinating talk on cave science in the afternoon. Our next event is at Buckden on Saturday 15 March – this is a “bus friendly” event and all are welcome. See the calendar for more information. Special thanks to the local community newspaper Bentham News who helped publicise the walk and to our volunteers put up posters and attended to the event to make sure all went well.
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. The tallest building in Yorkshire, Bridgewater Place in Leeds, is shorter than these proposed turbines by over 10m!
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: 6 March 2014