Double Your Tenner!

HUGE thanks to everyone who donated – please note that the match-fund pot has now been fully allocated to local charities like YDMT. Any donations made now will still make a huge difference to our work but will not be match-funded.

Do you love spending time in the Yorkshire Dales? Perhaps you’ve been thinking that you might like to make a donation to support our work to help us continue to care for the landscape, environment and communities of the Yorkshire Dales?

If so, please consider making that donation now because, for a limited time only, we can turn a £10 donation from you into £20 for YDMT, at no extra cost to you!

Simply donate £10 to YDMT at and will match your donation pound-for-pound (up to £10), making your gift go twice as far for the Yorkshire Dales!

Please don’t delay – 60% of the match-funding available has already been donated to other charities.

Together we can make double the difference to projects that matter across the Yorkshire Dales.
Thank You!!

Double Your Tenner

Double Your Tenner


Bishop’s retirement gift supports Hay Time

Janet Rawlins, a talented local artist and long standing supporter of the Trust, was recently commissioned by the Archdeacon of Leeds to create a fabric collage inspired by the Yorkshire Dales.  Entitled ‘Towards Hawes’, the artwork was to be a surprise gift for the former Bishop of Ripon and Leeds to commemorate his retirement on 4 January 2014.

The beautiful finished collage was very well received by the Bishop, who was particularly delighted to see that some of his official purple shirt had been ingeniously incorporated into the piece!

Janet's collage entitled 'Towards Hawes'

Janet’s collage entitled ‘Towards Hawes’

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Janet for her kindness in donating her fee for the piece to YDMT to support our Hay Time project which aims to protect and restore wildflower hay meadows in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas. The very generous contribution of £625 will make a huge difference to the project.

We’d also like to wish the recently retired Bishop all the very best for the future.

You can find out more about the Hay Time Appeal here.

Arts & Crafts Support YDMT

The annual Gargrave Autumn Art & Crafts Exhibition has helped to raise more than £1,000 for local charities, including us!

Featuring a variety of artwork and handicrafts including paintings, drawings, jewellery, accessories and knitted products, the exhibition showcased some of the high quality arts and crafts created by local people of all ages.

The four-day event was well attended, attracting more than 500 visitors during the course of the exhibition, and raising over £1,000 for local charities, to be split between YDMT the NSPCC and Gargrave Village Hall.

We like to say a huge thank you to Alan, Peter and all the team at Gargrave Arts & Crafts for their very generous donation of £400 to support the work of YDMT!

YDMT Director David Sharrod is presented with a cheque for £400 by Alan Poxon and Peter McCormick from Gargrave Art & Crafts

YDMT Director David Sharrod is presented with a cheque for £400 by Alan Poxon and Peter McCormick from Gargrave Art & Crafts


Alan Poxon, Chairman of the Gargrave Art & Crafts Committee, commented: “I’m relieved that the event has proven successful once again, when so many exhibitions this year have failed to meet expectations in these financially difficult times.  We are so very well-supported by our artists and craftspeople, and are fortunate and grateful to have so many talented people amongst us, and along with our many voluntary helpers, it makes putting on the show relatively easy. Once the public see the content of the show, it is inevitable that they come back and buy something lovely.”

Gargrave Art & Craft Exhibition

Gargrave Art & Craft Exhibition

YDMT had our own stall at the event selling homemade greetings cards and knitted socks and tea cosies (all donated by supporters of the Trust!), as well our range of cards, books and jigsaws.

Combined with the £400 donation, and sales revenue generated from attending the Summer exhibition as well, we’ve raised in excess of £700 with the help of the Gargrave Arts & Crafts Committee in 2013  – an incredible total that will go a long way towards supporting our work caring for the local landscape, environment and communities.

Thank you!!

Sustainable Gardening

We would like to say a massive thank you to Dalefoot Composts in Penrith for their kind donation of two bags of their wonderful peat free compost made of sheep’s wool and bracken.

The compost formed part of our competition prize at the recent Harrogate Autumn Flower show, along with a set of solar-powered garden lights and some tasty chocolate.

Wool & Bracken compost from Dalefoot Composts

Wool & Bracken compost from Dalefoot Composts


The lucky competition winners were a delighted Mr & Mrs Chippendale from Skipton! They were particularly keen to put the unusual compost to the test, so we hope that they will enjoy some excellent results in the garden with this fantastic prize.

The Dalefoot Wool Compost contains wool, sheared from Dalefoot’s own flock of sheep, providing a high level of nitrogen that works as a slow-release fertiliser as well as providing good water-retention to give plants a boost and help gardeners achieve excellent results.

It is also contains bracken, an invasive plant which is often very problematic for farmers. So what better way to relieve this dilemma than to harvest the bracken and transform it into a beneficial product?! As well as producing a compost that is high in natural potash (essential for fruiting and flowering), the process of harvesting bracken also improves the local biodiversity of flora and fauna, grazing for animals, and the habitat for ground nesting birds and butterflies, in particular the High Brown Fritillary.

Cutting bracken above Ullswater

Cutting bracken above Ullswater

The Dalefoot range of composts provide a sustainable peat-free solution, and the company are also going one step further by being involved in lots of excellent work helping to restore peat bog habitats so these special places can be preserved for future generations.

You can find out more about their great products and conservation work at

27 miles down – only 143 to go!

Today marks the start of the YDMT Way of the Roses cycle challenge, and the team have just arrived at the YDMT office in Clapham having completed the first 27 miles of the 170 mile route!  Well done guys!

The Way of the Roses team reach Clapham - home of YDMT

The Way of the Roses team reach Clapham – home of YDMT

To top up the energy levels, we had homemade cake (courtesy of Jo!) and refreshments waiting for the team.

A well-earned rest

A well-earned rest

The cyclists set off from the start line in Morecambe at 9.30am this morning, and have now crossed the border from Lancashire back into Yorkshire.  Only 143 miles to go to the finish line in Bridlington!

The start line - Morecambe

The start line – Morecambe

…As team member Isobel Hall said: “Now the hard work really starts!”

Fortunately David Shaw is slightly more optimistic, and the promise of a pint when they reach the pub in Burnsall this evening is keeping David Sharrod going!

Passing through the leafy Crook-of-Lune scenery

Passing through the leafy Crook-of-Lune scenery

We’ll try to keep this blog up to date with progress as the challenge progresses, but you may also like to keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages which we may be able to update more easily en route over the next couple of days.

Thanks to everyone who has already sponsored the team.  If you haven’t already, why not sure your support and donate online at:

Happier snappers in the Dales

It was the first of our photography workshops this month. Local photographer Steve Finch, a great friend of the Trust, kindly donated his time and expertise to run a one day workshop to help people get to know their cameras and create photos that they can be proud of. It was also a great way to raise vital money for YDMT.

The day was spent learning photographic theory and techniques and then putting them into practice outdoors – in between the rain showers! The workshop is great for beginners and anyone who wants to learn more about their camera and how to take better pictures. By the end of the day there were certainly many people who were much happier and more confident about their photography skills. One attendee said: “Today has really kick-started me into doing more with my camera.” “I wanted to understand how to take control of the camera. After today, it doesn’t seem so complicated.”

We still have a few places left on our next photography course at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes on Sunday 9th September. Places on the workshop are limited to six people to ensure that you will get plenty of 1-to-1 tuition time. You can find out more about the course and book now on our website


Lights, camera, action

Lights, camera, action on the Dales Photography workshop



Keep on running for the Dales

Jo Boulter...limbering up for her Great North Run training!

Jo Boulter...limbering up for her Great North Run training!

On 16th September 2012, YDMT’s very own Jo Boulter is taking on the iconic challenge of the Great North Run to raise money for the Trust!

Jo has never done anything like this before.  In fact Jo hates running(!), so this really is going to be a tough personal challenge.

Jo said “As a non-runner, I’m building up my strength and stamina very gradually. I’ve been going for short runs around the village where I live for the last three weeks and, although I still can’t run very far before I collapse in exhaustion, I am definitely getting a little bit further every time I go out. It is still rather scary to think that I’ve got to ramp it up to 13.1miles by 16th September though!”

Jo added “It’s my 50th birthday this summer, so I’ve come up with a little mantra to help motivate myself; ‘Fit – not fat – at fifty!’.  My aim is to drop a dress size in time for my birthday, and then continue my good habits into September for the Great North Run. Who knows… maybe by then I’ll be a running convert and there’ll be no stopping me!”.

We’re all really rooting for Jo and will be really proud when she is crossing the finish having accomplished her first half marathon. Go Jo!

We rely on people like Jo, and you, to help raise funds which will enable us to continue vital work across the Yorkshire Dales, including restoring wildflower meadows, planting new native woodlands, supporting local businesses, education and outreach work, providing training programmes for young local people…and much more. So if, like Jo, you’re running the Great North Run, or maybe you’re taking part in another event, please think about donating your sponsorship money to the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust. Or if not you could even sponsor our very own Jo online at Thank You!