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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Conservation grants on offer

The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust is offering grants for a range of conservation projects in the Ingleborough area.

The grants are part of Stories in Stone, a four-year programme of community and heritage projects developed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership, which the trust leads.

Three types of grants are available: Heritage Grants are for community-led projects that restore, celebrate or increase understanding of the area’s natural or historical features; Dry Stone Walling Grants are for landowners and tenants who want to restore dry stone walls; and Woodland Grants are for landowners who want to restore native broadleaf woodlands.

Stories in Stone project officer Chris Lodge said: “The grant schemes provide great opportunities for residents to help protect the rich historical and natural heritage of the Ingleborough area. If you have an idea for a local heritage project or want an important dry stone wall to be rebuilt or a new woodland to be planted I’d be delighted to hear from you and I can help you to develop your grant application.

"We expect competition to be high and we’ll need to prioritise the projects that we can fund, but we’ll support as many as we can so that the grants continue to have a big impact on the area.”

Projects supported by previous rounds of grants include the production of a series of walk leaflets to help visitors understand the archaeological and historical features on Ingleborough, a community project to digitise and transcribe 16th century wills relating to the Clapham parish, dry stone wall restoration near Austwick, Langcliffe and Chapel-le-Dale, and the creation of a new native woodland near Ribblehead.

Guidance and application forms can be downloaded at the national park's website

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