Friends of the Dales is the brand name of the Yorkshire Dales Society, a registered charity. Please help us to keep the Dales
special and vibrant for years to come!
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We really need your support to help keep the Dales special and vibrant for years to come. We are thrilled that over
200 people have signed up to become Friends over the last financial year - a fantastic boost to our membership and the clout we have as a campaigning charity! Thank you to all our Friends for their support!
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make a donation online using our secure online payment - just go to Renew Online
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Read about our campaigns and comments on major planning applications affecting the Dales.
4th February 2019. CPRE has issued an insightful analysis on the need to improve access to our National Parks. See
the CPRE report, and particularly the link to the detailed maps.
This has been covered in an interesting article in The
Guardian including comments by our VP Colin Speakman. The article has generated some interesting letters in The Guardian.
14 January 2019 We have designed a short MEMBERSHIP SURVEY which will help us plan for the
future success of the charity. We take your views very seriously and would be very pleased if you could complete this survey. It is for members only and a paper version has been included
in the Winter Review magazine sent out early January 2019. Please only respond once - online here or via post using the survey and Freepost envelope in the magazine. The survey only takes a few
minutes. To go to the survey please click here
Thank you very much
The results will be published in the Spring Review
17 December 2018 This is Friends of the Dales response to the call of evidence
by the Glover Review of England's National Parks and AONBs, submitted today.
11 December 2018 The Yorkshire Dales National Park Management Plan 2019-2024 - the single most important document
for a National Park - has now been published. Friends of the Dales contributed to the developemnt of the plan and will play a role in holding to account those bodies who are responsible for its
delivery. The plan can be found here: YDNP Management Plan
6 December 2018 Local press coverage of a crtical National Park Authority planning meeting on 11th December to
consider controversial applications to convert barns, incluing comments from Friends of the Dales. See Richmondshire Today
20 November 2018 Trustee Nancy Stedman spoke at a well attended joint meeting with North Craven Heritage
Trust at Langcliffe last week. Nancy has been researching the impact of converting agricultural barns in the Dales to local
occupancy housing or holiday lets in the light of recent changes to National Park policy. You can view Nancy's presention as a PDF download below.
8 November 2018 Next year we'll be celebrating the 70th anniversary of the legislation that created national
parks in England and Wales. If you are interested in social and political history, you might enjoy reading two original Reports (Dower and Hobhouse) which led to the 1949 Act (National Parks and
Access to the Countryside) - downloadable below.
31 October 2018 Dalesbus Winter Timetable - download it below.
This website is operated by the Yorkshire Dales Society, a registered charity (Charity Number 515384) and a company limited by guarantee (Company Number 1822908).
Our Charitable Objects are 1) To promote for the benefit of the public, the conservation of the landscape, biodiversity and cultural heritage of
the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and adjacent areas, and the social and economic wellbeing of its local communities;and to encourage others to engage with,understand,enjoy and protect these areas,
and 2) In pursuance of the above, to advance the education of the public.