Making a Difference

How do we make a difference?

As an educational charity the Society published a quarterly magazine, The Yorkshire Dales Review highly praised for its content and format, which focuses on features on Dales cultural and natural history, as well as current issues of topical interest relating to the Dales and its environment.

The Society also maintains and develops this Yorkshire Dales Society website.

In addition the Society runs an annual series of public talks on various aspects of Dales life and culture, given by leading experts in their various fields – Members attend free and there is a small charge for non-Members (refundable if joining on the day). We also organise walks and visits to many of the wonderful places in the Dales, these are FREE to everyone. The Society promotes occasional educational seminars to deal with topics of special environmental; or social interest such as climate change.

The Society established a Sharing the Dales Scheme in 2007 to help cover the transport costs of underprivileged groups who would not otherwise be able to visit the Dales, and continues to work with the Council for National Parks Mosaic Projects designed to helped individuals from urban communities, including ethnic minorities, enjoy and appreciate our National Parks.

This project also led to the setting up of the Society’s Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company which now has full responsibility for the operation of the Sunday and Bank Holiday bus network in the Dales.

Through its Policy Committee,  the Society campaigns on a wide range of environmental and social issues that affect the Landscape of the Dales and the well being of local communities, from transport and housing policy to renewable energy and wind farms.

The Yorkshire Dales Society also runs an annual competition, The Ken Willson Award, to recognise and reward outstanding achievement by young people in the Dales in conservation, culture or community work.

The YDS played a leading role in the establishment of the Yorkshire Dales Green Lane Alliance which has resulted in Traffic Orders to protect Mastiles Lanes and other ancient green roads in the Dales from serious erosion.

The YDS encourage the development of wealth-creating opportunities sustainable within a protected landscape by helping to promote local business and enterprise initiatives.

Page Author : Colin Speakman  -  Page last updated : 15 May 2012