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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Dales shows its flower power once more as festival returns

The Flowers of the Dales Festival is back for its eighth year.

The programme, coordinated by local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, runs until the end of October. This time, it's bringing together more than 120 nature and wildflower themed events across the Dales, including some within the National Park boundary extension area.

The festival showcases the hay meadows, ancient woodlands, limestone pavements and moorlands of the Yorkshire Dales, and highlights their importance not only for wildflowers, but also as nationally and internationally important habitats for many rare species of insects, birds and mammals.

Organisers are promising something for everyone with events ranging from walks, talks and family activities, to identification courses, arts and crafts and photography workshops. There are also opportunities to take part in hands-on activities to help conserve some of the region’s important wildflower habitats.

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Flowers of the Dales project officer Ellie Brown, said: “The Dales’ landscape is truly special, however it is no longer a ‘wild’ landscape – it needs people: people to value, manage, and protect it.

"The festival aims to provide opportunities for people to discover the Yorkshire Dales for themselves, so that it remains special for many years to come.”

More than 30,000 people have taken part in events since the first Festival in 2009, The programme can be downloaded from www.ydmt.org/festival2016. To receive a printed copy, send an A5 stamped and self-addressed envelope to: Flowers of the Dales, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, Main Street, Clapham, Nr Lancaster, LA2 8DP. Copies will also be available from national park centres and other outlets across the Dales over the coming weeks.

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