Latest updates

14 May 21

Meet the new Skell Valley team

We're pleased to say that the Skell Valley team is now in place and working hard on the delivery of the project! The team will be led by the project manager; Nabil Abbas who has been doing conservation work for around 20 years in South Yorkshire and the Peak District, both with NT and the Wildlife Trusts. Most recently Nabil has been working with farmers to deliver natural flood management (NFM) and wetland habitat improvements in the Sheffield Lakeland Landscape Partnership. Jess Darwin is the new area ranger for the project and has been recruited from the National Trust Lake District ranger team. Jess has a huge passion for nature, conservation and the outside world and is looking forward to getting stuck in and meeting members of the Skell community.

Skell Valley project team: Josie Campbell, Nabil Abbas and Jess Darwin (l-r)

05 Mar 21

"This is a treasure for all humanity... we cannot stand by and let it be damaged"

"This is a treasure for all humanity... we cannot stand by and let it be damaged" - our GM Justin Scully speaking to chief correspondent for channel 4 news Alex Thompson about the rising threat to this World Heritage Site. This week the teams at Fountains and Nidderdale AONB were delighted to welcome crews from channel 4 news and sky news to speak about the impact of climate change to the area and the way in which the Skell Valley Project will tackle these issues. You can catch up on the Channel 4 website here.

Alex Thompson from channel 4 news visits Fountains Abbey

13 Jan 21

Our stage-two bid has been successful!

We’re delighted to announce that, in partnership with Nidderdale AONB our stage-two bid has been successful and we've been awarded a £1.4m grant from the National lottery Heritage Fund for the Skell Valley project. Thank you to all the farmers, landowners and communities who have worked with us to make sure that the Scheme reflected the views and needs of a wide range of people living and working here in the Skell Valley. We’re thrilled to be able to share this good news, start delivering the projects and seeing the benefits to our community. Delivery of the £2.5 million scheme will start later in 2021 and run to 2024. We’re excited to get started on this four year, £2.5m scheme later this year!

a snowy tree stump at Fountains Abbey