Help support the Yorkshire Moors & Dales Appeal

Rangers in Upper Wharfedale fixing new stone posts along a dry stone wall © National Trust

Rangers in Upper Wharfedale fixing new stone posts along a dry stone wall

Latest update 04.01.2013 11:15

Over the last 20 years we have raised over £2million and seen hundreds of volunteers pledge their time to help with our work.

Across the county the Trust cares for over 12,500 hectares of land including iconic parts of the Yorkshire Dales in Upper Wharfedale and around Malham Tarn, the mis-shapen giant formations of Brimham Rocks, near Harrogate, the windswept and industrial Marsden Moor above Huddersfield, the wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags, near Hebden Bridge and large areas of the North York Moors encompassing Bransdale, the Bridestones Nature Reserve and Roseberry Topping.

Janet Bibby, Director of the Region for the National Trust in Yorkshire, said:
'All of these amazing places are right on our doorstep here in Yorkshire and for that, we are so very lucky. At the heart of our work is the importance of striking a balance between the needs of conservation with those of public access, nature and people existing alongside one another – we want to make sure these places can be enjoyed by future generations.'

Over the last 20 years, the campaign has supported ongoing projects including peat restoration on Marsden Moor, bracken control at Brimham Rocks and the rebuilding of endless miles of drystone wall in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.

The campaign has also worked to support management of habitats including wildflower rich hay meadows in the Dales and upland heath at Marsden and the North York Moors; all of which has helped to increase bird populations and specialist animals and plants including bird’s eye primrose, rigid buckler fern, scarce invertebrates and butterflies such as the northern brown argus, and protected species of mammals including bats and otter.

Ms Bibby continued:
'Today we work with many partners, our tenant farmers and the thousands of visitors that walk, cycle, camp and explore Yorkshire’s countryside. By supporting the Yorkshire Moors and Dales appeal with donations, or giving time as a volunteer, we can achieve so much more.'

The National Trust welcomes support from individuals or companies interested in employee volunteering at the Moors and Dales. We already work with diverse organisations including Age UK, Youth Offending teams and work in partnership with the National Park Authorities in the county.

There is so much more work still to be done. Future support will continue the Trust’s work to secure and maintain habitats for nature, give greater access and opportunity to enjoy the Moors and Dales. We plan to undertake new planting schemes, open up more trails across moorland and develop improved information for visitors.

For more details or how to get involved in the Appeal email or visit our facebook page.