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 http://www.dalefootcomposts.co.uk