April is good for the soul.

Sighting those tantalising splashes of colour emerging from the sombre greys and browns of winter can be as restorative as a jog down Filey promenade.

It’s a real shame that not everyone gets to enjoy the delights of the Yorkshire countryside at this invigorating time of year but the reality is that some inner-city residents rarely get to sample the sights and smells of a proper Yorkshire springtime.

In this month’s magazine, we meet a Dales farmer who is doing his bit to put this right.
Every spring, Rodney Beresford invites groups of people from urban areas to come and experience a Dales farm at the height of the lambing season. Refugees, asylum seekers, schoolchildren and people with disabilities have all benefited from this generosity.

It’s a selfless act that has put a smile on hundreds of faces. It’s what spring’s all about.

Hopefully his story, along with the other features we’ve brought together this month, will put a smile on your face too.


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This month’s great features

Two miracles at once
Tony Greenbank joins a special lesson in life beneath Ingleborough

Return of the Vikings
Caroline Butterwick learns how Jorvik Viking Centre has been rescued from the floods

A new life for bikes
Helen Johnson visits a charity project in Harrogate restoring unwanted cycles


Velocipedes and dandy horses
Adrian Braddy discovers when Yorkshire first caught the bicycle bug

Back-to-backs to the future?
Sebastian Oake hopes there’s still a place for an iconic feature of the Leeds landscape

Boltby funeral day
A poetic memory

Yorkshire on Film
The story of the star-studded film with the very Yorkshire name: Wetherby

Walking with Dalesman
Andrew Gallon takes a stroll around Sinnington in beautiful Ryedale

No April Fool
Ian McMillan tells a true Yorkshire story for April 1st

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