Latest updates

11 Sep 20

We have submitted the bid!

The i’s have been dotted and the t’s have been crossed – our round 2 application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund has now been submitted. Thank you to everyone who has had a hand in helping us to shape this project over the past year, it really has been a huge collective effort from a wide number of people to get to this point. We’re confident that we’ve created a project that will create a more resilient landscape and local economy, help nature to thrive, empower people to come together and care for their local area and celebrate the unique heritage that can be found in this special place. Beyond this, the Scheme will also pioneer innovative new approaches towards long term sustainable outcomes that contribute answers to pressing questions such as climate change, flooding and land management. We should find out whether we’ve been successful in our application in the new year.

an autumn view looking down on the studley royal fishing tabernacles and cascade.

08 Jun 20

Writing the stage 2 NLHF Bid

As lockdown continues, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is becoming ever clearer. Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal remains closed to visitors, as are many other tourism attractions and hospitality businesses in the Skell Valley. The tourism industry is so important to the area and the impact on the local economy is likely to be severe. How the Skell Valley Scheme can help mitigate some of this damage and build a more resilient future is top of our mind as the Skell Valley Team continue to work away on writing the second round application for National Lottery Heritage Funding. Like many in the country, we’re now working remotely and Zoom calls are now part and parcel of our working day as we work through the finer details of the project.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund logo

30 Apr 20

Adjusting to lockdown

Something that being in lockdown has highlighted is how much communities who live in and visit the Skell Valley value this unique landscape. Like them, we’re looking forward to exploring the Skell again in the future. In the meantime, Spring has well and truly arrived, and the team have continued to work on the bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and consider how the project may help support communities after Covid-19.

Daffodils with the ruins of Fountains Abbey in the distance