Latest updates

29 Jul 22

Digging deep into the history of the Skell Valley

Seventy volunteers have been working with West Yorkshire Archive Service to research the fascinating history of Studley Royal water gardens. Working online, the volunteers have been busy transcribing hundreds of documents from the 1700s, many of these hand-written letters from the head gardener to the owner of the Estate John Aislabie, describing in detail the progress on creation and development of the gardens. A recent pop up exhibition at Fountains Hall enabled over 400 people to learn more about this exciting research work.

Digging deep in the archives at Fountains Abbey 2022 SVP & WYAS

16 Jul 22

Celebrating heritage crafts in the Skell Valley

Over 20 local North Yorkshire craftspeople came together for a 2 day fair to celebrate heritage crafts in the Skell Valley. 2200 visitors enjoyed learning about an impressive range of traditional crafts including pottery, willow weaving, blacksmithing, weaving and even coracle making

Heritage crafts weekend 2022 at Fountains Abbey

20 Jun 22

Learning about wildlife in the Skell Valley

Summer is now in full swing and the Skell Valley Project is providing lots of opportunities for people to learn more about the wildlife living the valley. Friends of Hell Wath, working with the project ranger, are doing weekly butterfly monitoring transects on the nature reserve and have also hosted a bumblebee workshop this month. We have just run a wild flower identification workshop and next weekend (Sat 25th June), there’s a free workshop on dragonflies and damselflies too. Volunteer moth recorders have been running a series of moth trapping sessions at locations in the valley to better understand the species which live here. The most recent session at Eavestone Lake found an amazing 110 moths including this Pebble Prominent and several Poplar Hawk Moths:

Pebble Prominent moth in the Skell Valley