Latest updates

14 Oct 20

The Royal Oak Foundation and a virtual gala

Although the bid has been submitted our fundraising appeal is still ongoing. The Royal Oak Foundation seeks to raise awareness of and advance the work of the National Trust of England, Wales & Northern Ireland by inspiring support from the United States for the Trust’s efforts to preserve and protect historic places and spaces- for ever, for everyone. In normal times, the Royal Oak Foundation would hold a number of fundraising galas throughout the year in cities such as New York and Washington DC. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this year is a little different and for the first time they have held a virtual fundraising gala, focusing on Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, the issues the site faces from flooding and the ways that the Skell Valley Scheme aims to tackle this.

Studley Royal water garden in autumn

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.

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