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Happier Christmas for 250 FMD victims

Thurs 20 December
MORE THAN 250 individuals, voluntary groups and small businesses hard-hit by the summer's foot and mouth crisis will be having a slightly happier Christmas, thanks to the generosity of donors who have given more than £1 million towards the Dales Recovery Appeal.

Good news, bad news for Britain's birds

Wed 19 December
THE END of the second Millennium brought about a big improvement in the numbers of breeding wild bird species in Britain - although some species, including the once ubiquitous house sparrow, continue to decline.

Dales museum seeks booty

Tues 18 December
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is asking people to look in their attics, sheds or garages for any walking paraphernalia from the early 20th Century.

Rural buildings scheme re-launched

Tues 18 December
A PRESTIGEOUS architectural competition to find the best examples of new and converted farm buildings was relaunched today after being abandoned during the foot and mouth crisis.

Prince drops in at the local

Mon 17 December
THE Prince of Wales was planning to drop in at a Dales local today - to launch a nationwide scheme to save the country pub.

French beef ban was illegal - but the row goes on

Thurs 12 December
BRITAIN today won a major battle against France in the so-called "beef war" - but the campaign still goes on.

Turkey hot line warms up

Thurs 12 December
A HOT-LINE set up by the NFU to help beleaguered farmers sell Christmas turkeys by bypassing the big supermarket chains is doing brisk business.

Euro-decisions due on British farming

Wed 12 December
EU OFFICIALS are meeting today and tomorrow to consider long-term decisions which will have important long-term effects on the future of British farming.

"Farmers need payment for conservation work"

Thurs 06 December
THE chairman of the Countryside Agency officially confirmed that it was backing long-held demands that farmers should be paid subsidies for the work they do in landscape conservation.

Lakes cash surprise

Wed 05 December
THE Lake District National Park has suffered less financially than expected from foot and mouth disease, it was announced today.

Harry Potter fever threaten owls

Tues 04 December
THE Harry Potter film craze sweeping Britain has brought about yet another threat to the country's already threatened owl population.

Watch out for rural fly-tippers

Mon 03 December
COUNTRY folk are being asked to keep an alert eye open against fly-tippers thanks to a new EU directive that has classified old household fridges as "hazardous waste."

Last FMD restrictions lifted in "landmark" decision

Thurs 29 November
The last remaining restrictions on foot and mouth infected area in England were lifted at midnight last night.

NFU's cool response to budget statement

Wed 28 November
THE National Farmers' Union gave a cool response today to Chancellor Gordon Brown's autumn budget statement.

End is sight for weekend cottage rate relief?

Mon 26 November
WEEKEND cottage owners in the Yorkshire Dales this weekend came a step closer to losing their 50% cut in local council tax.

More Dales footpaths re-open for the weekend

Thurs 22 November
THE LAST foot and mouth blanket closure in the Yorkshire Dales National Park has been lifted and many more footpaths and bridleways will be opened this weekend in the Skipton-Settle area.

Quarry group saves limestone pavements

Wed 21 November
ONE of the Yorkshire Dales' most important geological features, the rare limestone pavements, have been saved from further desecration.

Watch out - turkey rustlers about

Thurs 15 November
FARMERS are being urged to be on their guard against foul play by Christmas poultry thieves.

Two deputy chairmen for national park

Thurs 15 November
MEMBERS of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority have agreed that two members share the post until the next election at the annual meeting in July 2002.

Dales FMD appeal on target for £1 million

Wed 14 November
THE DALES Recovery Appeal is within a whisker of raising £1 million for foot and mouth victims in just 14 weeks - a target which some sceptics dismissed as "impossibly high" at the launch at the end of June.

Craven to be "Right to Roam" tested

Tues 13 November
THE CRAVEN area of the Yorkshire Dales has become part of a Government test bed to judge public reaction to the controversial "Right to Roam" legislation.

Harvest festivals boost Dales recovery

Thurs 08 November
AN APPEAL set up to help parts of the Yorkshire Dales and the Ribble Valley in Lancashire recover from foot and mouth disease has reaped a rich harvest - thanks to the generosity of local churches.

National park seeks wider role

Thurs 08 November
OFFICIALS of the Yorkshire Dales National Park were today (November 8) involved in key negotiations with a top Government civil servant.

Rural decline: stopping the rot

Wed 07 November
THINGS are getting better in the countryside - foot and mouth disease excepted - according to a Countryside Agency survey published today.

New Dales conservation boss

Mon 05 November
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has appointed former Government ministry adviser Gary Smith as its new head of conservation and policy.

CLA backs 10,000 rural homes plan

Mon 29 October
THE Country Land and Business Association today welcomes plans by the Government's Housing Corporation to build more than 10,000 homes in rural areas for local occupiers.

Burn Guy Fawkes - not Prickles

Wed 24 October
BONFIRE NIGHT, November 5, is a dangerous time for one of Britain's favourite mammals, the hedgehog - because they are in danger of being burnt alongside Guy Fawkes.

Winter wonderland in the Yorkshire Dales

Wed 24 October
THE Yorkshire Dales are to become a winter wonderland for visitors thanks to a cram-packed programme of events designed to held the tourist industry after the summer disaster of foot and mouth.

Green light for Kettlewell community building

Tues 23 October
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority's property committee has given the green light for a planning application to go forward for a new Kettlewell Visitor and Community building.

Deer menace woodland

Thurs 18 October
WOODLAND wildlife is under a new threat - rapidly increasing deer numbers - the British Trust for Ornithology says in its annual report published this week.

From Rio to the Yorkshire Dales

Tues 16 October
SCIENTISTS, conservationists and local folk interested in country affairs will meet tomorrow (October 17) to discuss the future of bio-diversity in the Dales.

Help for FMD farmers in autumn feed crisis

Thurs 04 October
DALES farmers who have been unable to move their stock because of FMD restrictions are facing a double crisis as one of the farming year's biggest bills arrives.

Kettlewell school gets £5,000 community grant

Thurs 27 September
A TINY Dales primary school which lost thousands of pounds for community work because of foot and mouth disease has been recompensed with a £5,000 cheque.

Smithy Bridge reopens

Tue 25 September
THE famous Smithy Bridge in the heart of Malham village will be officially re-opened this Thursday (September 27) two months after one of its ancient piers collapsed.

Dales Recovery Fund awards £22,450 in grants

Thurs 20 September
THE DALES Recovery Appeal, set up to aid individuals, small businesses and voluntary groups in the wake of the foot and mouth crisis, handed out £10,550 this week bringing the total of cash awards to £22,450 in a fortnight.

Appeal fund makes first grants to F&M victims

Thurs 13 September
THE DALES Recovery Fund this week paid out its first grants to financial victims of the foot and mouth crisis in the North Craven area.

Call for one-stop rural shops

Thurs 13 September
COUNTRYSIDE Agency chairman Ewen Cameron today called for more "one-stop" rural shops providing multiple services to halt the decline in the quality of rural life.

Dales F&M recovery fund hits £600,000 - grants now available

Thurs 06 September
A RECOVERY appeal launched to help small Craven businesses, voluntary groups and individuals in the aftermath of foot and mouth is expected to reach £600,000 this weekend - in just over two months.

Free museum visits to boost Dales tourism

Mon 03 September
IN ANOTHER bid likely to boost visitor numbers to the Dales after the foot and mouth crisis, the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes will open to the public for free on this weekend, September 8/9th.

Dales Recovery Fund invites grant applications

Thurs 30 August
THE DALES Recovery Appeal is ready to start paying out grants from the £500,000-plus it has already raised towards its £1 million target.

Dales appeal funds passes £500,000

Thurs 16 August
THE DALES Recovery Appeal has passed the £500,000 mark in just eight weeks.

Generous response to Dales Recovery Appeal

Thurs 9 August
THE DALES Recovery fund is already approaching the quarter-million-pound mark.

National park: good news at Kettlewell, problems at Reeth

Thurs 2 August
THE Yorkshire Dales National Park today reports progress on two important building projects.

Heatwave brings new threat for hedgehogs

Mon 30 July
BRITAIN’S dwindling population of hedgehogs is facing a new threat from the current heatwave.

Happy herons - and many other species

Wed 25 July
Things are getting better for our birdlife, according to the latest survey from the British Trust for Ornithology.

Yorkshire Dales top English parks planning league

Tues 10 July
The Yorkshire Dales is England's best national park when it comes to deciding planning applications.

Dales bus service reinstated for "green" tourists

Fri 29 June
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is to reinstate two popular weekend bus services from West Yorkshire to the heart of the Park.

Curlew flying high in the Yorkshire Dales

Mon 18 June
THE CURLEW is alive and well and flying high in the Yorkshire Dales.

National park plans footpath re-openings

Thurs 14 June
Cautious approach doubles DEFRA safety guidelines.

Hearty NFU welcome for new rural affairs ministry

Mon 11 June
NFU welcomes new ministry for environment, food and rural affairs.

More cash available for Dales barn preservation

Fri 1 June
A pilot scheme to preserve old farms barns and dry-stone walls is to be extended right across the Yorkshire Dales.

National park to improve planning procedures

Thurs 24 May
THE Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is to review is planning procedures following a report from the District Auditor.

Rural task force to create five year plan for rural tourism

Mon 14 May
English Tourism Council and Countryside Agency join forces.

Pateley Bridge wins Government funding

Wed 2 May
Yorkshire Forward, the county's regeneration agency, and the Countryside Agency today announced the second set of six market towns to receive regeneration funding.

Toolkit for country towns

Tues 1 May
Deputy PM launches a new self-help plan to boost prosperity in small country towns.

The countryside: a general election battleground

Fri 27 April
John Sheard takes a pungent look at the possible effects on the coming general election of the crisis in the countryside

River pollution: a new challenge for farmers

Fri 20 April
John Sheard argues that new EU water quality standards are an opportunity rather than a threat

Pamphlet marks national park jubilee

Thurs 19 April
THE national park movement is 50 years old this month and the Countryside Agency is issuing a free, full colour pamphlet to mark the jubilee.

National hedgehog week

Thurs 19 April
ONE of our favourite wild creatures, the hedgehog, is under grave threat these days from a whole host of man-made dangers ...

An Easter reflection: where does farming go now?

Fri 13 April
John Sheard hopes that the foot and mouth tragedy may provide a new direction for British agriculture.

The State of the Rural Nation: good news, bad news

Fri 06 April
John Sheard looks at some of the implications of the Countryside Agency's latest survey of countryside living.

Play it safe in the Dales

Thurs 29 March
AS WE report earlier, the Yorkshire Dales National Park is organising a calendar of events varying from guided walks to craft shows to attract visitors to "safe" parks of the Dales.

Dales parking charges chopped

Tues 27 March
CAR park charges in the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority's car parks will fall from £3.50 to £2 a day on April 1.

The weather: now the good news?

Tues 27 March
LEADING weather forecaster Jim Dale believes that we are in for a brilliant summer this year.

Holiday with a difference: try the canal capers

Mon 26 March
Fancy a holiday in the countryside for £5 a day?

Planners asked to ease farm development rules

Thurs 22 March
Whilst farmers have been urged to diversify into other activities, local planning bodies are regularly accused of refusing planning permission for such developments.

Bill bounces back

Wed 21 March
ONE of the Yorkshire Dales' most famous adopted sons, the best-selling American author Bill Bryson, is returning to Britain.

Beech and bluebell blues

Wed 21 March
BAD news for Britain's beech trees and our bluebell woods.

Wildlife: good news, bad news

Tues 20 March
THE latest results of the ongoing census of British bird populations are a mixed bag, says the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).

Windermere speed cops

Tues 20 March
The Lake District National Park has now backed this ruling by the introduction of high-tech speed cops.

Flood controls inadequate

Thurs 15 March
THE National Audit Commission has issued a highly critical report on the state of the nation's flood defences which says that almost half them are "inadequate."

Quality of country life

Mon 12 March
THERE are so many quangos representing various interests in the countryside that strangers to the bureaucratic process often do no know where to turn for advice.

More Country News

Wed 7 March
Funds for shops/transport, Stately 21st Century? And finally, remember Prickles.

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