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Monday, 2 March 2015

Listen flower! This is a bloomin' better Mother's Day gift

The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust is urging us to forget the cut flowers this Mother's Day and dedicate an area of living hay meadow jam packed with native flowers instead.

Officials say that giving a living bouquet will help to safeguard threatened wildflower hay meadows and the wildlife they sustain by supporting the trust’s ongoing education and conservation work across the Yorkshire Dales and Forest of Bowland.

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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Photo of the Month: March 2015

Bulmer Bank, another image captured by regular contributor Andrew Fawcett. Andrew, who lives at Claxton, six miles east of York, is a product manager for an IT services provider. More of his photographic work can be seen by clicking here.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Museum follows an artistic trail

Chip off the old block ... sculptor
Sarah Smith whose work
features in the exhibition.
An artistic celebration of the the UK's most beautiful trails is under way at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes.

In the year that the national trail celebrates its 50th birthday, the visitor attraction has teamed up with a group of local artists to produce Pennine Ways which runs until 26 April and highlights the popular walking route using art, photography and sculpture.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Get on track with volunteer opportunities on heritage railway

Fancy putting your spare time to good use as a volunteer on a heritage railway in a beautiful part of North Yorkshire?

The Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway which runs just outside Skipton, is holding a volunteering open day on Sunday 8 March with vacancies to suit most people of all ages over 16 and backgrounds.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Something for everyone in Nidderdale

The team at Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has launched its new spring and summer programme and is promising something for everyone.

There are fun family events such as pond dipping, monthly wildlife watch sessions, and outdoor fun in the woods and meadows with activities such as den building, playing games and making things.

Those who like to get more involved can join in the foraging and fudge making session, try their hand at the traditional skill of dry stone walling or get their hands dirty by helping to build an earth oven.

For those keen to know a little bit more about the area there are a range of guided walks including geology, wildflowers heritage and wildlife. The programme also includes a range of World War One related events.

Spokesperson Leanne Fox, said, “2015 looks set to be another great year with loads of really fun and interesting events planned.

"We have some of the old favourites in the programme again, like our rock art walk and our Gouthwaite Farm walk, but also have some new events, including an opportunity to hopefully see the elusive Black Grouse, recently re-introduced to Upper Nidderdale, and a wild stuff session especially for 11 to 16 year olds which should be great fun."

Events take place between March and August and are designed to help people explore and appreciate this special area, which stretches north to Jervaulx and Masham, east to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, including villages such as Kirkby Malzeard, Grewelthorpe, Grantley  and Sawley, and south to the River Wharfe at Ilkley and Otley, including the Washburn Valley.

The full programme can be found here