Responding to climate change at Skell Valley, North Yorkshire

Dallowgill is the source of the Skell

Set within the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Skell Valley – including Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Estate World Heritage Site – represents centuries of nature, beauty and history. But today the valley is vulnerable to climate change and we need to protect it.

In recent years there has been a marked increase in the frequency and intensity of flooding from the River Skell, with both Fountains Abbey and the water gardens severely affected. Flooding is also threatening homes and businesses in the city of Ripon downstream, and nature is declining throughout the valley with sediment build-up making the water quality poor and harmful to wildlife. 

The Skell Valley Project 

For the past five years, we’ve been working collaboratively with farmers, landowners, other organisations and local communities on multiple solutions to prevent flood damage, reduce silt build-up and improve biodiversity. This vital partnership project sees 15 separate projects team up to make the collective changes needed to ensure a sustainable future for the valley.

Learn more about the Skell Valley Project here >

From Skell Valley to the Rwenzori mountain range, Uganda

Tackling our changing climate is a global challenge. Discover how the International National Trusts Organisation (INTO), has recently facilitated a practical exchange of skills in flood mitigation and community engagement, connecting these two World Heritage Sites through the Melting Snow and Rivers in Flood project >


Tackling climate change in the Skell Valley

Watch the video to find out what we're doing to safeguard the future of Skell Valley. We're working with partners, communities and nature to make the area more resilient to climate change.

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