Well done the Yorkshire Dales Society (YDS) for finding £10,000 to help the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s pioneering outreach project ‘People and the DALES’ continue into the autumn. The YDS has generously donated to this life-changing project which encourages people from disadvantaged and urban backgrounds to experience the Dales through activities such as walks, farm visits, conservation work and crafts. So far more than 4,000 people have benefited. The donation came at a critical time when the future of the project was uncertain, and will allow YDMT to retain key members of staff, ensuring project continuity. Crucially this financial boost will also enable more detailed evaluation of the project so far, and preparation of a business plan for future funding bids.
Chairman of the YDS Colin Speakman says, “We are delighted to have been able to support the splendid People and the DALES project at this most critical time. It also chimes in closely with our own work with Metro to help develop weekday summer DalesBus services directly from Bradford and Airedale into the National Park during the school summer holiday period and on Sundays until mid October.”
After such a dreadful summer in the Dales and beyond, we need to do everything we can to encourage more people to visit and stay in the region. This week’s photo, taken early yesterday (Sunday) at Ingleton, shows that we do occasionally enjoy non-grey skies!

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