People’s Postcode Lottery Visit YDMT in the Dales

On Monday 6th June YDMT welcomed Clara and Annemiek from the People’s Postcode Lottery to the Yorkshire Dales.

It was the first time either had been to this part of the world, and we were happy to see that they were both really impressed with the scenery.  We were blessed with sunny weather which really helped to show the Dales off to their best!

YDMT has received over £225,000 from the charity lottery to date.  This unrestricted income is vitally important to YDMT – it allows to do more than ever before to help to protect the environmental, social and economic wellbeing of the Yorkshire Dales.
 
We started the day in Clapham Village Hall where we were joined by some of the great people we work with to deliver our projects, as well as some of the local people benefiting from our work.  After lunch (a lovely spread laid on by Clapham’s Reading Room) and presentations about YDMT and PPL, we had a lovely mingling session with our guests before heading off to Growing with Grace – just one of the many projects in the Dales supported by YDMT.
 
Growing with Grace is an organic farm shop in Clapham which produces and sells organic veg and compost. We also saw the Bio-diesel tank.  The tour was really interesting and Annemeik even had the chance to sample some of the home-grown corrots straight from the ground. – you don’t get fresher (and tastier!) than that!)
 
Then we gave our guests from People’s Postcode Lottery a guided tour of our little corner of the Yorkshire Dales, stopping for photo opportunities and highlighting the many projects that YDMT has supported as we drove past.
 

Dave, Isobel, Annemiek and Clara at Ribblehead

We met Dorothy Fairburn, YDMT Vice Chairman of Trustees, for champagne and nibbles with the ultimate view on Winskill Stones above Settle. Perfect!
We finished off with local fayre at The Lion in Settle.
 
I hope Clara and Annemiek from People’s Postcode Lottery enjoyed their Dales visit, and big thanks to all our guests who joined us for lunch, presentations and the tour. You helped make it a really special day 😉
 
And finally, thank you to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery – 40p from every ticket you buy goes to local charities just like us.  With your help, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust is making a real difference to the Yorkshire Dales.  Thank you – and good luck in the next draw!

YDMT and PPL visit Growing with Grace

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Fancy winning over £600,000?!

YDMT headed north to Billingham on Saturday (16 April) to join our friends from the People’s Postcode Lottery at their Spring Postcode Millions event where a pensioner won over half a million pounds!

69-year-old Betty Smith was one of 119 people in the town of Billingham to win a share of £2.5 million with the People’s Postcode Lottery.  Betty plays with three tickets and scooped over £600,000 when her postcode TS23 3LU was unveiled as the winner.

Betty, a full time carer for her husband, William, who has Parkinson’s and grandson Conor Lambert (18) who suffers from Nystagmus syndrome was presented with her life-changing prize by local radio presenter Judie McCourt.

She said: “I was happy when I thought I’d won £3,000. When Judie pulled out a cheque for £200,000 I thought, ‘Oh my God!’ – then she pulled out two more. I can’t believe it. It’s too much to take in.”

Betty plans to spend some of her fortune on a new home.  She added: “This money will mean so much to my family. I’m going to buy a bungalow. I love where I live but my husband and grandson are both disabled and it’ll be easier for them to get around.”

Over 100 of Betty’s neighbours in the surrounding TS23 3 postcode sector also pocketed between £3,300 and £80,000 each.

Local dog Arthur joins in the celebrations wearing a People's Postcode Lottery scarf!

Judie McCourt and former Welsh international rugby league and rugby union player Scott Quinnell were on hand to deliver the good news – YDMT’s David Sharrod (Director) and Sarah Brewer (Marketing and Communications Officer) even got the chance to meet the stars!  Judie and Scott were joined on stage by X-Factor finalist Danyl Johnson who wowed the crowd with a string of hits.

David Sharrod and Sarah Brewer meet Scott Quinnell at Spring Postcode Millions event

And as one of the local charities that benefit from the charity lottery, YDMT were also on hand to tell the people of Billingham about the vital work which they help to support by playing.  40p from every £2 spent on People’s Postcode Lottery tickets goes to good causes. So far £12.4 million has been raised by players for charity to date.  YDMT has received an amazing £225,332 so far! Thank you!

Remeber, you’ve got to be in it to win it! If you’d like the chance to win big, visit www.postcodelottery.com or call freephone 0808.10.9.8.7.6.5. to find out more about People’s Postcode Lottery.

Mountain Drumming, Sat 14th May

Join YDMT for an afternoon of authentic Brazilian Samba Reggae drum music with a splash of dance thrown in.

Community drumming band Batala Lancaster will be performing their exciting fusion of rhythm, movement and costume for your enjoyment in and around the village of Clapham.

Everyone welcome – feel free to dip in and out as you wish and experience the dynamic vitality of Brazilian culture right here in the Yorkshire Dales.

FREE PERFORMANCES:

1.30pm                        At the entrance to the Nature Trail in Clapham village

2.45pm                        Outside Ingleborough Caves
6.20pm                        Grand Finale on the summit of Ingleborough

NB: All times are approximate.  If you’re thinking of joining us on the summit, please bring warm clothing, waterproofs, boots and a snack.

All donations will be gratefully received on the day in aid of YDMT. 

And if that wasn’t enough, while all this is happening, another group of dedicated Batala Lancaster members will be pushing themselves to the limit hauling their (very large and very heavy) drums up hill and down dale as they take on the 25 mile walk of the Three Peaks Challenge!   At the end of the day the whole band will meet at the top of Ingleborough and perform the FREE GIG.

If you’d like to sponsor the Batala Lancaster Three Peaks team, please visit www.justgiving.com/MountainDrumming.

We’d love to see you on the day!

Batala Lancaster train for the Three Peaks Challenge

 

Check out our funky poster here – please do pass it around to any friends you think might be interested!

Thank you

I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for our Three Peaks project.

With a bit of luck, your click will have helped us to secure an amazing €30,000!  The winner of this huge sum of money will be announced by the European Outdoor Conservation Association in July.  I’ll let you know how we faired as soon as the results are reveiled.

If we win, every single euro will be spend wisely on the Three Peaks Project.  YDMT will work closely with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority to improve part of the route between Pen-y-ghent and Ribblehead through High Birkwith. For this section most walkers use the badly eroded route over the exposed peat of Horton Moor and Black Dubb Moss. A sustainable alternative route that passes over drier ground on nearby Whitber Hill will be established, and the habitat value of the eroded section will be restored through re-seeding schemes and natural regeneration. Once completed, there’ll be a launch event and walkers will be encouraged to use the alternative route through press coverage, leaflets and the Three Peaks website.

Fingers crossed we’ll have secured enough votes to win the funding boost that will make this possible.
Thank you again for voting. Without you, this important project wouldn’t have had a chance.

Three Peaks still need your help to win €30,000!

YDMT are trying to secure €30,000 to spend working with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority to help maintain and repair sections of the Three Peaks route.  This substantial sum of money, provided by the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA), is up for grabs in a competition which is underway right now at www.lfto.com/conservation .

Pen-y-ghent

We applied for the funding from the EOCA, and beat off 62 other projects to reach the final four!  Now the Three Peaks project needs the support of the public in an online vote that will decide which of the four finalists should receive the funding. Voting is open from now until 23rd March at www.lfto.com/conservation and everyone is welcome to cast their vote to support their favourite scheme.  If you haven’t already voted, please do it today! …And if you have, please mention it to your friends, family and colleagues – every single vote will help!

David Sharrod, YDMT Director, commented “Thousands of people enjoy the Three Peaks every year, and we believe that this project would be a truly deserving winner of this vital funding boost that would allow us work with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority to protect this special route, now and for the future. It won’t be possible without this funding, so we need everyone who loves the three peaks to go online and vote for the Yorkshire Three Peaks Route – it only takes a moment and every single vote counts.”

If the bid is successful, we would work with the National Park Authority to improve access and restore habitats on a badly eroded stretch of the Three Peaks route between Pen-Y-Ghent and Ribblehead through High Birkwith.  But the project won’t be possible without this crucial funding boost.

Three Peaks Whitber Hill alternative route

Map of alternative Three Peaks route over Whitber Hill

Voting closes on 23rd March, do please don’t delay!
Thank you for your support.

THANKS A MILLION!

On Monday 7th March we planted our millionth tree!  A real milestone in the Trust’s on-going efforts to restore native broadleaf woodlands in the Yorkshire Dales for future generations to enjoy, and we couldn’t have done it without your support, so big thanks to everyone who has dedicated a tree or made a donation over the years.

We were joined at Calm Slate Farm on the Bolton Abbey Estate by 52 excitable and enthusiastic pupils from Christ Church Primary school in Skipton, as well as Simon Rouse; ambassador for the Trust and former star of TV series The Bill  (‘back in the day’ he played Jack Meadows).

Children from Christ Church Primary join YDMT’s David Sharrod and actor Simon Rouse in planting the Trust’s millionth tree

Children from Christ Church Primary join YDMT’s David Sharrod and actor Simon Rouse in planting the Trust’s millionth tree

David Sharrod, YDMT Director says, “Thank you to everyone who came along to support us. It was a wonderful day and a key step towards achieving the Dales Woodland Strategy’s aim of doubling the amount of broadleaved woodland in the Yorkshire Dales by 2020. There’s still a long way to go – only around 2.5% of the Dales is covered by broadleaf trees, compared with the national average of 4.8%.”

As part of the celebration over 50 native broadleaf saplings were planted, one for each of the school children, along with the millionth tree itself – a five-year-old oak tree which was planted by David Sharrod and Simon Rouse with the help of Phil Richards, Lower Wharfedale Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Ranger.

The National Park Authority has taken the lead over many years in funding and organizing numerous woodland restoration schemes, which provide spaces for people to enjoy, and habitats that support hundreds of species of wildlife.

Thanks also go to Thorpe Trees, the Trust’s main supplier of saplings, who have been helping us to restore woodlands across the Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale AONB.  It seemed only fitting that Thorpe Trees should also supply us with the special millionth tree as well!  Thanks guys 😉

Simone Bennett, Head Teacher at Christ Church Primary School, says “We were thrilled to work alongside the Trust to plant the millionth tree. As an Eco-School we want our pupils to understand the importance of the natural world and everyone had a fantastic time. The children can’t wait to plant some more things in our school garden tubs now too!”

Planting a young sapling

Planting a young sapling

The afternoon was topped off with well-deserved ice creams and recreation for the children in the nearby playground, courtesy of Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream. Unfortunately the YDMT team were too ‘mature’ (aka old and heavy!) for the play area, but we did indulge in ice creams too …I tried the Strawberry flavour which was yummy!

Simon Rouse, YDMT ambassador got stuck in, helping the children to plant their trees, as well and doing a grand job helping to plant the millionth tree.  Before saying his goodbyes and heading off for a walk at Bolton Abbey, Simon commented “Today the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust provided the children with a memorable experience that they have been able to share and enjoy together. I think it is wonderful that each child planted a tree today and that these trees will, like the children themselves, grow and develop over the years. I like to think that each individual tree represents the imagination of the child that planted it.”

All in all, it was a lovely day marking the Trusts achievements in helping to restore native broadleaf woodlands in and around the Yorkshire Dales, but there’s plenty more to be done.  We’re already planning the next million trees as I speak…!

Yorkshire’s Three Peaks need your vote!

Vote now for a great cause!

YDMT has entered a ‘competition’ to win 30,000 euros from the European Outdoor Conservation Association which would be spent on repairing and maintaining sections of the Three Peaks footpath route.  We recently found out that our application has made it into the final four out of 66 entries!  We are pretty chuffed!

Thousands of people take on the official Three Peaks Challenge every year, with many more picking and choosing sections of the path, allowing them to enjoy the peaks individually.  We believe that the Three Peaks Project would be a popular and truly deserving winner of this vital funding boost which would allow us to work closely with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority to protect this special route, now and for the future.

The great British public will decide which project should get the cash via an online vote at www.lfto.com/conservation.  Voting is open now!

To secure the funding that will make this project possible, we’ll need everyone who loves the three peaks to go online and choose the ‘Yorkshire Three Peaks Route’ before voting closes on 23rd March.

Voting is really quick and easy, so it couldn’t be simpler to get involved and do your bit to support your favourite project – hopefully ours!  Just one click is all it takes to support our bid to help maintain this iconic route.

Walkers on Pen-y-Ghent

Walkers on Pen-y-Ghent

If we win, the Three Peaks Project will improve part of the route between Pen-Y-Ghent and Ribblehead through High Birkwith. For this section most walkers use the badly eroded route over the exposed peat of Horton Moor and Black Dubb Moss. A sustainable alternative route that passes over drier ground on nearby Whitber Hill will be established, and the habitat value of the eroded section will be restored through re-seeding schemes and natural regeneration. Once completed, there’ll be a launch event and walkers will be encouraged to use the alternative route through press coverage, leaflets and the Three Peaks website.

Every penny – or Euro – will go towards the conservation work for the Three Peaks so use your vote today – and do please pass this on.

So please go to www.lfto.com/conservation today to cast your vote.

The winner will be annouced at Outdoor in July.

Thank you