The search is on for volunteers to help to keep the northern Dales in good condition and to help others to enjoy the area. A recruitment drive has been launched by the national park authority to find people in the Leyburn, Richmond, Darlington, Northallerton, Kirkby Lonsdale, Kendal, Sedbergh and Kirkby Stephen areas.

There are currently about 240 of them from all walks of life who, between them, give more than 4,000 days each year. Their work varies from conducting surveys of buildings, public paths or wildlife to organising and leading guided walks for education groups and members of the public.

Rae Lonsdale, the authority’s Volunteers Co-ordinator, said that the drive was aimed at people living close to the northern areas of the National Park to try to reduce the volunteers’ carbon footprint in the Dales.

“Traditionally, the majority of our volunteers have come from West Yorkshire, with very few living in or near to the northern Dales. While we have no difficulty in recruiting for our teams in the south, offers of help are scarcer in the north. This means that our ‘southerners’ have to drive up to the north when they are needed – meaning more car journeys through the park and more carbon emissions.”

Anyone who would like more information can contact Rae on 01756 751630 or by email on volunteers@yorkshiredales.org.uk or through the volunteering page on the authority’s website at www.yorkshiredales.org.uk.

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