From Peat to Paddling – Conference

The Devonshire Institute, Grassington, BD23 5AZ Free admission – booking essential – email Victoria Benn, stating the number of tickets you require. From peat to paddling – what constitutes a healthy river? Want to debate or discover what can and should be done to improve the health of our rivers? Then please join us and … Read more

Welcome changes to YDNPA planning website

Friends of the Dales welcomes the decision by Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority to publish all comments received in response to planning applications on its official Citizen Portal planning website. Wilf Fenten, Deputy Chair of Friends of the Dales said “We have been lobbying for our comments, and those of other interested parties who are … Read more

Final response by CNP to the Landscapes Review

It’s great to see the Government take on board much of our collective input, as put forward on behalf of all the national park societies by the Campaign for National Parks (CNP) to help shape the recent and long awaited Landscapes Review. But, without legislation to underpin the ambition, the proposals fall short of what … Read more

#MoorPeat – more wildlife and stored carbon…

With our Peatlands Policy now written and available to view, we are looking forward to launching our Peatlands Campaign, #MoorPeat next month. The Yorkshire Dales peatlands cover 42% of the National Park and are nationally and internationally important for their fauna, flora and for their carbon – stored in the form of peat. It has … Read more

National Park campaigners call for ban on plastic tree guards as Government considers banning other types of single-use plastic

trees and tree guards

Campaign for National Parks, Friends of the Dales, Friends of the South Downs and nine other National Park Societies have joined forces to call for a ban on plastic tree guards. The campaign coincides with a Defra call for evidence over problematic single-use plastics – which the National Parks campaigners have responded to, highlighting the ongoing issue … Read more

YouTube Channel

The Friends of the Dales YouTube Channel is now live. There are several videos now available offering viewers a chance to re-watch favourite Friends of the Dales digital talks or enjoy them for the first time. Discover more about Yorkshire Dales peatland restoration from Yorkshire Peat Partnership, get insight into the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s nature … Read more

New President

The biologist, nature writer and campaigner, Dr Amy-Jane Beer is the new voluntary, honorary President of our charity. North Yorkshire based Amy-Jane, has written more than 30 books about science and natural history including Cool Nature and A Tree a Day. She is also a Country Diarist for The Guardian newspaper, columnist for British Wildlife … Read more

Digital Talks

View from Cray, Wharfedale

Our successful programme of FREE digital talks is set to continue into 2022 and beyond. Visit our Events page to see our full programme of talks, walks and other events. We plan to launch a digital video channel so you can watch previous talks at your leisure.  To register for all Events, please use the Contact Form. Full … Read more

Green New Dales Conference Outcome Paper and Presentations all now available!

Green New Dales conference poster

Both days of our Green New Dales Conference were a terrific success and you can all the conference video/powerpoint presentations and the video discussions  by clicking on the individual links below.  We’ve also uploaded (November) the outcome paper “Green New Dales Challenges” with actions for all of us who care about the Dales. Day 1 … Read more