YDMT secures £175,000 for Yorkshire Dales!

We have some very exciting news to share with you… We’ve just received £175,000 to invest in projects that care for the people, landscape and environment of the Yorkshire Dales!

It’s all thanks to the ongoing support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery, a charity lottery that gives 50p from every £2 ticket sold to good causes like us. So far players have raised a staggering £47.2 Million for charities and good causes.

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery said: “Players of People’s Postcode Lottery support a wide range of good causes that make a real difference to both people and planet. YDMT is no exception, and we’re very pleased to be able to support their important work across the Yorkshire Dales.”

YDMT Director David Sharrod said: “Over the last five and a half years the Trust has received £576,332 from the charity lottery! This incredible sum of money plays a vital role in enabling us to continue delivering a wide range of inspiring projects that help to care for all aspects of life in the Yorkshire Dales.”

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all players of People’s Postcode Lottery for their ongoing support which helps to fund important work including habitat conservation, education and outreach, and apprenticeship schemes for young people.


People's Postcode Lottery Charity Gala 2014

People’s Postcode Lottery Charity Gala 2014


Wonderful Woodlands

In June we held two Open Days, offering our supporters the chance to visit Greenwood Leghe – our 2013/14 Supporter Woodland. Situated on the edge of Ingleton, the wood has been planted with 2220 native broadleaf trees, including large proportions of Rowan, Birch, Bird Cherry, Hazel, Alder and Holly.

Greenwood Leghe Woodland

Greenwood Leghe Woodland

This woodland has been kindly supported by generous donations and dedications by many individuals and partners, and we were delighted to welcome around 150 people to the site over the two days, including a pair of bag-pipers (an unexpected first for the Trust!).

Bagpipers play at Greenwood Leghe Wood

Bagpipers play at Greenwood Leghe Wood


We are now happy to announce our new Supporter Wood for 2014 in which we are now accepting dedications – Longridge Wood in Bishopdale.

Set on the hillside between Cray and West Burton (on the B6160 approximately 8 miles from Aysgarth and 4 miles from Buckden), Longridge Wood is in a beautiful position with stunning views across the dale.

Longridge Wood

Longridge Wood

The woodland covers an area of 41 hectares (approx. 100 acres) planted with 38,600 native broadleaf trees including Alder, Downy Birch, Rowan, Hazel, Field Maple, Wild Cherry, Whitebeam, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Holly, Dogwood, Lodgepole Pine and Scots Pine.

The young trees are visible on the top of the hillside as you travel along the road from Cray to West Burton – part of the route taken by the cyclists in Stage 1 of the spectacular Tour de France Grand Depart held here in Yorkshire on 5 & 6 July 2014!

You can dedicate a tree here from just £10 to commemorate this world-class sporting event coming to the Dales.

Dedicating a tree is also a unique gift and a perfect way to celebrate a birthday, wedding or anniversary, or remember the life of someone special.

To find out more please call us on 015242 51002 or visit www.ydmt.org/dedicate-a-tree to dedicate a tree online.


Dedicate a Tree Here!

Dedicate a Tree Here!


Why I love the Yorkshire Dales…

Here’s a guest blog from one of our supporters who has kindly shared his happy memories of the Yorkshire Dales.

‘Greenwood Leghe has special associations for me as my mother used to take me for walks there when I was a little boy, when we lived in New Village, Ingleton. We came to live there in 1940 when I was two years old, so my first ‘sense of place’ was Ingleton and, of course, the Yorkshire Dales. Although we returned to South Shields – my place of birth – in 1964, Ingleton was always special, and now, having spent a lifetime of travelling associated with my work as a preacher, I have recently returned, not just to Ingleton but also back to New Village! Every day the memories come flooding back- collecting sticks in Broadwood for the fire; rose-hips as part of the ‘war effort’; nature walks with my teacher; playing on the farm where my friend lived; going to Sunday School and making friends (some of whom still live here and remember me); the call of the Curlew; and the inspiring back-drop of Ingleborough which, over the years, has always drawn me like a magnet. Oh it’s so good to be home!’
By Revd. D Mann of Ingleton.

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