We are the only membership charity campaigning for the protection and enjoyment of the Dales
 We are the only membership charity campaigning for the protection and enjoyment of the Dales

Objects and Articles of Association

Note: Friends of the Dales is a working name of the registered charity Yorkshire Dales Society (515384). Our registered company by guarantee name is the Yorkshire Dales Society (1822908).

We updated our Articles of Assocation in 2015, based on the Charity Commission template and including simplified and updated Charitable Objects. 

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 well-being of its local communities; and to encourage others to engage with, understand, enjoy and protect these areas.

2. In pursuance of the above, to advance the education of the public.

You can read the full Articles of Association of Friends of the Dales (Yorkshire Dales Society) below.

Yorkshire Dales Society Articles of Asso[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [636.3 KB]

What does the word "guarantor" on my membership card mean?

Being a company limited by guarantee means that legally each Member has to be a "guarantor". This has no impact unless at some point in the future the company could not meet its debts and had to be wound up. At that point each Member would be asked to contribute a sum towards those debts. The contribution from each Member is set legally at no more than £1 per Member. 

You can read a fuller explantion of what being a guarantor means by downloading the PDF below, or available on request from Ann Shadrake, Executor Director by email or contact form

Friends of the Dales - Guarantor Explana[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [212.9 KB]

There are many ways to Support our Charity and be a Friend of the Dales, to help keep the Dales special and vibrant for years to come. 

Join us as a member

Make a donation

Leave a gift  in your will

Register as a supporter 

Help as a volunteer at our events

Our Business members are very valuable to us and we thank them all. For a list of all these businesses, or for more information on the benefits of business membership, click HERE

Bill Bryson, a supporter, says :

"There isn't a more glorious and beguiling landscape anywhere, or one more deserving of our support. It really is as simple as that"

Alastair Humphreys 

Our Patron

says :


"it's more beautiful than you realise; the people are open and friendly and have time for you; your phone might not work which is a positive as you'll have more time - slow down and enjoy the silence".

Alastair’s quest for adventure began young. Aged 8, he completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge over 26 miles 

Chair: Bruce McLeod

Registered Address:

Canal Wharf, Eshton Road, Gargrave, BD23 3PN.

Charity number 515384.Company limited by guarantee number 1822908

Print Print | Sitemap
© Friends of the Dales