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Knighthood for countryside boss

Tuesday 31 December 2002
THE CHAIRMAN of the Countryside Agency, Ewen Cameron, has been granted a knighthood in the New Year’s honours list, it was announced today.
 

£50,000 to save Uist hedgehogs

Monday 23 December 2002
IN a remarkable act of Christmas charity, animal-lovers have raised £50,000 to save 5,000 hedgehogs condemned to death on the Scottish island of Uist - but it is still not enough.
 

Euro "hit-squad" for future FMD outbreaks

Thursday 19 December 2002
ANY future outbreaks of foot and mouth disease or other animal health epidemics may be fought by a European "hit-squad" controlled from Brussels rather than Whitehall.
 

EU to issue new foot and mouth directive

Wednesday 18 December 2002
THE European Commission in Brussels is today expected to issue a new directive laying down rules for the fighting of any future outbreaks of foot and mouth disease - and it will include vaccination as part of the campaign.
 

Mixed reception for Government's food and farming plan

Tuesday 17 December 2002
THE Government's much-heralded blueprint for the future of farming and food production in the UK has met with a mixed reception from the two leading farming bodies.
 

Time to fill your bird feeders

Monday 16 December 2002
IT IS time to fill those bird feeders - or, if you haven't already got one, buy one for Christmas - because many British birds had a bumper breeding season this year and there are many extra mouths to feed.
 

New motorway plans "dinosaurs" - CPRE

Thursday 12 December 2002
THE Council for the Protection of Rural England has launched a devastating attack on the major motorway-building schemer announced earlier in the week by Transport Secretary Alistair Darling.
 

'Wild Flower Walks of the Yorkshire Dales'

Wednesday 11 December 2002
A new pocket-sized walking guide is enabling people to discover the beautiful wild flowers and countryside of the Yorkshrie Dales.
 

CLA steps up rural broadband campaign

Wednesday 11 December 2002
THE Country Landowners and Business Association has stepped up its long-running campaign for better IT broadband coverage of rural areas by appointing its own ITC "watch-dog."
 

Big welcome for £1m national park boost

Tuesday 10 December 2002
THE Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority today welcomed the Government's decision to increase its core grant by almost 10%, the largest increase of all the English national parks, as "exceptional news" for the area.
 

Free advice on "right to roam" maps

Thursday 05 December 2002
LANDOWNERS and farmers in the Yorkshire Dales National Park are being offered free legal advice on how to seek amendments for the draft "right to roam" maps to be published next week.
 

New site offers 'The Great Outdoors' online

Wednesday 04 December 2002
A new online shopping service for backpacking, mountaineering, caving, hiking and trekking equipment has been launched by Cave & Crag, a North Yorkshire based outdoor pursuits specialist.
 

Welcome for rural post office boost

Tuesday 03 December 2002
PLANS by the Department of Trade and Industry to target almost half a billion pounds over three years to keep rural post offices in business received a warm welcome today - with one cautious proviso.
 

British birds die in Spanish oil disaster

Monday 02 December 2002
MIGRATING British birds are dying in the huge oil slick washing ashore on the northern coast of Spain, the British Trust for Ornithology revealed today.
 

National park to tighten tourist accommodation rules

Wednesday 27 November 2002
PEOPLE who rent out holiday accommodation in the Yorkshire Dales National Park are to face tighter inspection rules, the national park authority (NPA) has decided.
 

British public back our farmers

Tuesday 26 November 2002
BRITAIN'S farmers have received an overwhelming vote of support from the general public, according to figures from an independent opinion poll published yesterday.
 

BT falters on rural broadband ban

Monday 25 November 2002
EXTREME pressure from Government and other bodies is showing signs of causing a U-turn by British Telecom on its decision to limit broadband Internet services to mainly urban areas.
 

Special Buses to Grassington Dickensian Festival

Friday 22 November 2002
A special bus service will again be running from West Yorkshire to the Grassington Dickensian Festival.
 

Help needed to save condemned hedgehogs

Thursday 21 November 2002
WILDLIFE lovers throughout the UK are being asked to join a mass lobby designed to save from death thousands of hedgehogs on the Scottish island of Uist.
 

Christmas turkey for the chop?

Wednesday 20 November 2002
THE BRITISH Christmas turkey dinner is under threat from rising imports and red tape, according to the National Farmers' Union.
 

Help plan Garsdale's future

Tuesday 19 November 2002
AS PART of the on-going consultation process about development in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, residents of Garsdale are being invited to an open day and evening next week to present their own vision of the future.
 

Exhibition reveals exciting future for Settle

Tuesday 19 November 2002
Living & Working in Settle is an all-day exhibition to be held at Victoria Hall on December 7th.
 

Job losses "destroying the fabric of country life"

Monday 18 November 2002
ANOTHER huge exodus of farmers from the agricultural industry - the worst since World War II - is threatening the very fabric of rural life, the National Farmers' Union claimed over the weekend.
 

Second Meeting of the Digital Cluster Group

Friday 15 November 2002
This is being held at 7pm on Wednesday 20th November, at the Dalesbridge Centre. We hope that everyone who has expressed an interest in this new future for rural businesses will be able to attend!
 

Safer route for Threshfield pupils?

Thursday 14 November 2002
A CONTROVERSIAL new development which could have forced Threshfield children to walk to school along a busy main road may be shelved, following the intervention of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.
 

Tax on second homes to build local housing?

Wednesday 13 November 2002
SECOND HOME owners should be forced to pay full council taxes - and the extra money raised used to build affordable homes for rural couples.
 

New "right to roam" maps

Tuesday 12 November 2002
PROVISIONAL maps outlining new areas accessible to ramblers in the North West and large areas of the Yorkshire Dales will be published by the Government's Countryside Agency next Monday (November 18).
 

Countryside "disadvantaged" too

Thursday 07 November 2002
FOLLOWING a promise from Chancellor of the Exchequer to provide funds for the foundation of new businesses in "disadvantaged" urban areas, countryside leaders have responded by pointing out that rural areas can be disadvantaged too.
 

Green fuel could create 10,000 rural jobs

Wednesday 06 November 2002
TEN WEEKS after a pioneering wood-burning power station was closed down in Yorkshire, the NFU is pressing the Government to support more "green fuel" plants - this time, to power cars and other vehicles- to help provide 10,000 desperately needed rural jobs.
 

Limestone country: back to the future

Tuesday 05 November 2002
THE unique limestone country of the Yorkshire Dales sees the launch of a new campaign today that will take it into the future - by going back into the past.
 

Unique boost for Dales farming

Monday 04 November 2002
ONE of the most important farming experiments ever launched in the Yorkshire Dales will be announced tomorrow and could herald the return of traditional hardy breeds of cattle to upland pastures.
 

Settle's Christmas plans well underway

Friday 01 November 2002
The Christmas team of Settle & District Chamber of Trade is currently hard at work preparing for a busy festive season.
 

Players seek old members for anniversary celebrations

Friday 01 November 2002
In between rehearsing for their famed annual Christmas Dickensian festival production, members of Grassington Players are also busy this autumn putting together plans for next year's 80th anniversary celebrations.
 

Death by fire for British animals

Thursday 31 October 2002
THOUSANDS of British animals will die this weekend - burned alive in Guy Fawkes Night bonfires.
 

BT accused in broadband row

Wednesday 30 October 2002
THE long simmering tension between British Telecom and rural business leaders campaigning for better Internet service in rural areas has burst into an angry row with allegations that the telephone company never had any intention of widening its IT broadband network.
 

Support your local trader, asks CLA

Tuesday 29 October 2002
THIS is one of the quietest times of year for small rural businesses - the lull between half term and Christmas when visitors stay away in droves - and it is also British Food Fortnight.
 

National park's £125,000 environmental give-away

Friday 25 October 2002
THE Yorkshire Dales National Park has £125,000 to give away to people or voluntary groups with good ideas for schemes to promote sustainable development.
 

Government to hire more vets

Friday 25 October 2002
FARMERS have issued a warm welcome to the Government's decision to hire more vets for the State Veterinary Service (SVS) as another move to prevent future crises like last year's foot and mouth disaster.
 

Dales museum winter programme

Tuesday 22 October 2002
AS winter arrives with a bang, the Yorkshire Dales Museum at Hawes has announced its early winter programme to offer visitors unusual views of the national park - whilst warm and dry indoors.
 

CPRE launches new attack on urban sprawl

Monday 21 October 2002
THE Council for the Protection of Rural England has today issued a pre-emptive strike against the Government to prevent huge swathes of the countryside being buried under urban sprawl.
 

Help for car-less country folk

Thursday 17 October 2002
THE Countryside Agency has issued a new booklet designed to help solve the transport problems of people in rural communities who do not have access to a car - and there are grants available to local communities wishing to tackle the issue.
 

Daelnet nominated for top award

Wednesday 16 October 2002
THESE PAGES have been short-listed for one of the most prestigious professional prizes in the UK - the World Wildlife Fund's British Edelman Award for the best environmental website.
 

Virtual Business a reality - in Rathmell

Wednesday 16 October 2002
The peaceful village of Rathmell, on the Yorkshire/Lancashire border, might seem an unlikely location to find a company at the forefront of business support provision in the 21st century.
 

CLA welcomes rural post office aid

Tuesday 15 October 2002
GOVERNMENT plans to provide a massive £450 million to keep rural post offices open have received an enthusiastic welcome from the Yorkshire branch of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).
 

Prize winning bus shelter; living limekiln

Monday 14 October 2002
TWO small but important projects in the Yorkshire Dales National Park have been officially completed - and have gained widespread praise.
 

Volunteers needed for winter mammal count

Thursday 10 October 2002
TWO of Britain's leading wildlife research organisations have joined forces for the first time to monitor the nation's wild mammal population - and they are appealing for volunteers to help the work.
 

Britain's garden birds - good news for some

Tuesday 08 October 2002
BRITISH garden birds have been given a big boost by the ever-growing use of bird feeders by gardeners, according to figures just published by the highly respected British Trust For Ornithology (BT0).
 

Punish the French, says NFU

Thursday 03 October 2002
ALTHOUGH the French Government has finally lifted its illegal ban on British beef, the National Farmers' Union is demanding that the country be punished for "years of evasion and prevarication."
 

Dales October events - the show goes

Tuesday 01 October 2002
AS THE Indian summer lingers over the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the park authority has decided that the show must go on - late into autumn.
 

Broiling over at Blackpool

Monday 30 September 2002
THE Labour Party conference at Blackpool, where tempers are already running high over private/public partnerships and the possibility of war against Iraq, is to be interrupted this week - by a broiler chicken!
 

Top architectural awards for Dales projects

Thursday 26 September 2002
TWO restored buildings in the Yorkshire Dales, one of them the estate office at Bolton Abbey, have won major architectural awards for the way they blend in with the landscape.
 

Get involved in village life - Countryside Agency

Wednesday 25 September 2002
IN THE aftermath of the great London march, the Government's Countryside Agency IS asking country people to become more involved in the way their communities are run - so that they can discover some of the benefits available.
 

After the march was over: what now?

Monday 23 September 2002
OUR countryside commentator John Sheard celebrates the success of the great London march - but wonders what effect it will have.
 

New design guide for national park

Friday 20 September 2002
PLANNING in the Yorkshire Dales National Park has long been a matter of controversy, with architects and builders often complaining that they do not understand what is required in their building designs for them to achieve planning permission.
 

On yer bike call to Dales business

Thursday 19 September 2002
IN AN effort to attract more cyclists to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, local businesses like pubs, cafes and tourist attractions are being offered cycle parking stands - for free.
 

CA apologises for 999 storm

Wednesday 18 September 2002
THE Country Alliance today apologised to Britain's fire fighters after their chain of fiery beacons the length and breadth of the country last night caused hundreds of people to dial 999.
 

Yorkshire skies ablaze tonight

Monday 16 September 2002
YORKSHIRE'S sky will be alight tonight as a fiery start to week of countryside protests which will culminate in the massive Liberty and Livelihood March on London on Sunday.
 

Glimmer of hope in milk price talks

Thursday 12 September 2002
A GLIMMER of hope for dairy farmers being driven out of business by low milk prices has emerged from a series of talks this week between supermarket bosses and a team from the NFU.
 

Choppers to Three Peaks rescue

Wednesday 11 September 2002
A HELICOPTER is at work over Ingleborough this week, helping rescue three quarters of a mile of the famous Three Peaks walk - by replacing wood with stone.
 

The great 75% food rip-off

Tuesday 10 September
THE FULL extent of the Great British food rip-off is revealed for the first time today and it is likely to cause widespread anger - for wholesalers and supermarket chains take three quarters of every penny spent.
 

Farmers launch fair price fight-back

Monday 9 September
YORKSHIRE farmer Ben Gill, president of the NFU, today launched the union's massive national fight back for fair food prices - by donning an apron and setting out a farmers' market stall in central London.
 

Rural business to build red tape dossier

Thursday 5 September
Rural business owners, farmers and landowners are being asked to collect evidence on the one affliction that no-one in the countryside has yet to cure - the mountain of red tape which threatens to bury them every working day.
 

Work starts on Reeth bridge

Wednesday 4 September
WORK has started to repair one of the Yorkshire Dales' most famous landmarks, the suspension bridge over the River Swale at Reeth, which was swept away in a massive flood two years.
 

Dales mapmakers get lost!

Tuesday 3 September
MAPMAKERS working on "right to roam" maps in the Yorkshire Dales are at the centre of an embarrassing row - because they have been accused of getting lost!
 

Farming road show to back up Countryside March

Monday 2 September
Farmers are to embark on an intense awareness campaign across the country showing ordinary people why they count on farming and what they risk losing if it is allowed to disappear.
 

Busy September programme for Yorkshire Dales

Thursday 29 August
SEPTEMBER has always been the second most popular month for visitors to the Yorkshire Dales National Park - and this year, the park authority has laid on a busy programme of events to keep those visitors interested and entertained.
 

Welcome pay rise for Dales hill farmers

Wednesday 28 August
SPECIAL payments made to Britain's hill farmers will be boosted by 10% next year, a welcome step in recognition of the invaluable work upland farmers play in maintaining the landscape in the Yorkshire Dales and other national parks.
 

Row grows over A66 road programme

Tuesday 27 August
A major row is brewing over Government plans to make huge improvements to the controversial A66 trans-Pennine road from Scotch Corner on the A1 to Cumbria.
 

Saved: village fêtes and farmers' market

Thursday 22 August
Organisers of rural events like village fêtes and farmers' markets can breath a sigh of relief today, thanks to a campaign against changes in the planning laws lead by the National Farmers' Union.
 

"Eat the view" this Bank Holiday

Wednesday 21 August
COUNTRY folk and visitors are being urged today to "eat the landscape" this Bank Holiday weekend - to support local restaurants, pubs and shops which provide locally produced foods.
 

Register now for London march

Tuesday 20 August
DALES residents wanting to take part in the great countryside protest march on London next month are being asked to register now.
 

YFCs join rural broadband campaign

Monday 19 August
THE growing campaign to force BT to improve its broadband Internet coverage in rural areas won another ally at the weekend when the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC) threw its hat into the ring.
 

Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival in pictures

Friday 16 August
THEY'RE heeerrre...
 

Big response to national park planning drive

Thursday 15 August
MOVES to throw open Yorkshire Dales National Park planning policies to public debate have drawn a massive response.
 

Good news, bad news in national park

Tuesday 13 August
THE Yorkshire Dales National Park today issued its first ever "state of the park" survey - which revealed much good news but also areas where improvements are needed.
 

Shoppers back dairy farmers

Monday 12 August
MORE than 80% of shoppers say they would be willing to pay up to 5p more for their daily pinta if they knew the money was going directly to dairy farmers.
 

Local transport group reaches 300 members

Friday 09 August
THE Yorkshire Dales Public Transport Users Group recently welcomed its 300th member.
 

Website for Pennine Way walkers

Thursday 08 August
THE Countryside Agency has launched a brand-new website for people wanting to walk the Pennine Way.
 

Fancy some sweets?

Thursday 08 August
Take a trip down memory lane and visit the Dales Toffee Shop in Grassington.
 

Ploughing a legal furrow

Wednesday 07 August
Farmers starting to plough after the harvest are being urged to restore public rights of way crossing their fields - or risk prosecution and heavy fines.
 

Burying the hatchet for better access

Tuesday 06 August
THE Yorkshire Dales National Park has issued an invitation to Dales lovers in all walks of life to join forces so that access to open countryside can be achieved by consensus rather than confrontation.
 

Beware: golden headed killer

Monday 05 August
A golden-headed killer is stalking Britain's countryside and all landowners, land managers and gardeners are being warned to wipe it out before it strikes.
 

Pennine bridleway - at last!

Thursday 01 August
AFTER more than a decade of argument, the Yorkshire Dales National Park has at last accepted the idea of a 350-mile equine Pennine Way.
 

Packed August diary in Yorkshire Dales National Park

Wednesday 31 July
Walks, craft demonstrations, caving, hurdle making, blacksmithing, town trails and much more, all come together in the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority's August events programme.
 

Stunned silence on organic farming plan

Tuesday 30 July
Our rural affairs writer John Sheard discusses yesterday's much-leaked - and very thin - Government announcement on the future of organic farming.
 

Massive boost for organic food

Monday 29 July
THE GOVERNMENT will announce today a massive boost to subsidies paid to organic farmers - a move which will delight many country folk but enrage many more.
 

Tourism and the future: have your say

Friday 26 July
A consultation process has been launched by Yorkshire Forward to identify the regional development agency's future role in support of the region's tourism industry - and the agency is seeking the views of interested bodies on how the industry should be supported in future.
 

Register now for Internet broadband

Thursday 25 July
RURAL businesses looking for faster Internet connection are being urged to register their interest as part of a campaign to force BT to extend its Openworld ADSL broadband network into the countryside.

Campaign to cut child tractor deaths

Wednesday 24 July
A CAMPAIGN has been launched to cut the number of fatal tractor accidents on farms involving children.
 

Government indicted for FMD shambles

Tuesday 23 July
John Sheard, our rural affairs writer, sums up the damning Anderson report into the crisis that rocked the Yorkshire Dales
 

Government braced for FMD pounding

Monday 22 July
THE long-awaited Anderson report into the Government's handling of last year's foot and mouth disaster will be released later today - and is widely exp-expected to contain some searing criticisms
 

Rural Britain needs broadband

Thursday 18 July
A NATIONAL campaign was launched today by the Landowners and Business Association (CLA) to bring broadband Internet services to the countryside - a move which British Telecom, the monopoly provider, has been very reluctant to pursue.
 

Tourists prefer going green

Wednesday 17 July
A SURVEY by the English Tourism Council has shown that British visitors to the countryside would be happy to pay more for food, accommodation and attractions provided in an environmentally "green" way.
 

Government mauled on FMD

Tuesday 16 July
THE Government's handling of last year's foot and mouth crisis will receive a severe mauling today with the issue of a report by the independent and highly respected Royal Society.
 

Mixed reception for Brown's spending review

Tuesday 15 July
YESTERDAY'S public spending review by Chancellor Gordon Brown - hailed in parts of the media as the biggest giveaway for 50 years - received only a cautious welcome from organisations interested in rural affairs.
 

More grants for FMD business victims

Monday 15 July
ANOTHER £1 million in grants is available to Yorkshire businesses which can prove they lost heavily during last year's foot and mouth disease.
 

CAP reform: don't hold your breath!

Thursday 11 July
Our rural affairs writer John Sheard takes a sceptical look at plans announced yesterday (July 10) to reform Europe's notorious Common Agricultural Policy.
 

Welcome for food imports initiative

Wednesday 10 July
FARMERS have welcomed a new Government drive to stop holiday-makers bringing back to the UK foodstuffs or seeds which could bring with them disease.
 

£2.8 million programme for Yorkshire market towns

Tuesday 09 July
A major new programme for towns in rural areas, combining the best of urban and rural renaissance, will be announced today by Yorkshire Forward.
 

Major boost for Yorkshire's market towns?

Monday 08 July
Yorkshire forward to reveal plans to improve 40 country towns.
 

Dales Rangers hit the saddle

Wednesday 03 July
RANGERS in the Yorkshire Dales National Park have taken to the saddle - to learn from the horse's mouth about problems facing riders using the park's 400 miles of bridleway.
 

More good news for Settle & The Three Peaks

Tuesday 02 July
The first phase of a major business development package for the Settle & Three Peaks area was launched today at a meeting at Settle High School, attended by The Rt Hon Alun Michael MP.
 

School diet boost for farmers

Monday 01 July
FARMERS have welcomed the extension of a healthy eating experiment for school children, encouraging them to munch on a tomato or raw carrot during their morning breaks.
 

Park boss keeps national seat

Friday 28 June
Steve Macaré, chairman of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, has been re-elected deputy chairman of the Association of National Park Authorities (ANPA).
 

Pressure grows for more rural spending

Thursday 27 June
AS next month's crucial Government spending round approaches, six rural organisations have joined together to turn the screw in demanding more funds for countryside projects.
 

NFU wants "informed debate" on battery hens

Wednesday 26 June
THE decades-long battle to ban battery hen farming has taken another turn with a call from the NFU for an "informed debate" on the introduction of so-called "enriched cages."
 

New Settle roundabout becomes a reality

Monday 24 June
Work is likely to be underway shortly on the construction of the new Settle roundabout on the A65.
 

New Yorkshire FMD scare

Friday 21 June
FINGERS will be crossed again this weekend after a new suspected case of foot and mouth disease was reported in a pig which had passed through Selby market.
 

A new vision for Settle

Friday 21 June
'Unless action is taken, Settle will become a dormitory town, with a dwindling retail/commercial sector, an ageing population and as a consequence, continued rising house prices.'
 

"Incredibly important" national park plans published

Thursday 20 June
RESIDENTS of the Yorkshire Dales National Park are being invited to study draft planning proposals which, says the park authority, "could impact on everybody's lives."
 

'Calendar Girls' film to begin shooting

Wednesday 19 June
A new feature film entitled "Calendar Girls", based on the antics of the Rylstone Womens' Institute, is due to start shooting in Yorkshire from Monday 24th June over a period of four weeks.
 

Dire warning from NFU over "lost confidence"

Wednesday 19 June
Farmers have totally lost confidence in the future - and also in the Government's commitment to them, the NFU warned today.
 

Alan Bennett monologues at Settle Festival of Theatre

Tuesday 18 June
Settle Festival of Theatre is proud to present the first production of two award-winning monologues by one of Craven's most distinguished residents.
 

CLA welcomes youth training initiative

Monday 17 June
A Government initiative to provide help with transport, jobs and training for young people in the countryside has been welcomed by the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).
 

Hawes phone mast on hold

Friday 14 June
THE Yorkshire Dales National Park is calling for more talks with mobile phone companies over a controversial application to build a hi-tech phone mast in the centre of Hawes.
 

Wanted: back garden bird watchers

Wednesday 12 June
THE British Trust for Ornithology, which employs some of Britain's top ornithologists, is looking for amateur back up - from people who can tell the difference between a blackbird and a blue tit.
 

NFU joins attack on "irresponsible" TV show

Tuesday 11 June
THE National Farmers' Union has joined the chorus of critics attacking a BBC drama production about a GM crop experiment that caused a deadly plague.
 

CLA welcomes countryside conference

Monday 10 June
GOVERNMENT plans to hold a ground-breaking conference to discuss countryside affairs have received strong backing from an unusual source - the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).
 

First certificates for pioneer farm markets

Thursday 06 June
BRITAIN'S first "certified" farm market will be presented with its official seal of approval at Orton, Cumbria, this Saturday.
 

House prices threat to rural areas

Wednesday 05 June
AS the Halifax reports the biggest ever monthly rise in UK house prices - which have now gone up 17% this year - the Countryside Agency is expressing its concern over the price surge on rural communities.
 

Kilnsey Park - a great family day out

Friday 31 May
If you are looking for a enjoyable day with the family that won't hurt your pocket, visit Kilnsey Park and Trout Farm.
 

Welcome for imported food clampdown

Thursday 23 May
THE NFU has welcomed the Government's decision to give environmental health enforcement officers the power to inspect personal baggage in an effort to clamp down on the smuggling in of food imports.
 

New row over commons access

Wednesday 22 May
Rural Affairs Minister Alun Michael has taken steps to make vehicle access easier to another important country feature, common land.
 

Trout, chips - and champers

Tuesday 21 May
DALES gourmets are being offered fish and chips with a difference this weekend.
 

Regional development: say your piece

Monday 20 May
HIGHLY controversial plans to set up a Yorkshire Regional Parliament are to be discussed by North Yorkshire delegates at a meeting at York racecourse on June 10.
 

Hen harriers: the good news

Thursday 16 May
ONE of Britain's rarest birds of prey, the hen harrier, is alive and well and breeding in Northern England, reports English Nature with considerable delight.
 

Shock, horror: Government giving away money

Wednesday 15 May
ALTHOUGH it might take some believing, the Government is anxious to give away money to country villages which have plans for projects will help improve community life.
 

Low farm profits damaging conservation

Tuesday 14 May
ONE of Britain's leading landowners says that rural conservation work is being seriously damaged because farm profitability is so low.
 

Wanted: Yorkshire's top dry stone waller

Monday 13 May
The Yorkshire branch of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is looking for the best dry stone waller in the county.
 

Community Acts to save playscheme

Sunday 12 May
VALUABLE offers of help were made from both new and existing supporters of the Gasp! club.
 

Rugby ban splits the Dales

Thursday 09 May
Wharfedale RUFC has been refused permission to further develop its Threshfield ground by a Government planning inspector.
 

CPRE raps supermarkets over "local" food sales

Tuesday 07 May
THE Council for the Preservation of Rural England is demanding that supermarkets should sell more much more locally produced food.
 

Skipton Waterways Festival in pictures

Saturday 04 May
Pictures from the British Waterways event.
 

National hedgehog awareness week

Thursday 01 May
National Hedgehog Awareness Week starts this Saturday (May 5) and is an attempt to bring to the attention of the general public the dangers faced by this prickly but much loved animal.
 

An artful summer at Dales Museum

Wednesday 01 May
THE Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes will be hosting a number of major exhibitions throughout the summer season, showcasing the wonderful and often unusual work of local artists.
 

Check for the pretty killer

Tuesday 30 April
Farmers and landowners are being urged to check their land for a pretty plant which can bring a slow, lingering death to horses, sheep and cattle.
 

Prickles-V-Big Mac: more support needed

Monday 29 April
THE two-year battle over a McDonalds ice-cream carton which kills hedgehogs continues - and animal lovers are being urged to add their weight to the campaign.
 

Packed May programme in national park

Thursday 25 April
FOLLOWING up on its success in attracting visitors back to the Yorkshire Dales over Easter, the national park has announced a packed programme of events for May.
 

REVIEW: Settle Festival of Theatre - "Two" by Jim Cartwright

Wednesday 24 April
If you only intend going to the theatre once this year – then make sure that "TWO" is the one thing you go to see!
 

Consent needed for "rural racket" control

Wednesday 24 April
THE Council for the Protection of Rural England is today urging the Government to change the planning laws which allow noisy events be held in rural areas almost every summer weekend.
 

Local Elections 2002

Tuesday 23 April
A host of councils, including Craven District Council, are going to the polls on Thursday May 2nd.
 

Wanted: the true country custodians

Tuesday 23 April
THE search is on for long-serving gamekeepers and river bailiffs - so that their work as custodians of the countryside can be officially recognised.
 

'Bogus' web site 'renewal' invoices

Monday 22 April
Internet users who have registered a .uk domain name (web address) are being warned not to be confused by what appears to be a registration renewel invoice.
 

Watch out for whitethroat

Monday 22 April
BIRDWATCHERS are being asked this week to keep a special eye open for the whitethroat.
 

Actresses named for WI film

Friday 19 April
THE parts of two of the Rystone Calendar girls in their forth coming feature film have been announced.
 

Budget "failed farmers" says NFU

Friday 19 April
THE Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority's Dales Volunteers will be in action this Saturday (20 April) reinstating a number of steps on the bridleway between Grassington Bridge and Wood lane.
 

Budget "failed farmers" says NFU

Thursday 18 April
YESTERDAY'S Budget was a failed opportunity for farmers and the rural community, according to a statement issued by NFU President Ben Gill.
 

"Tracks" boost early season visitors

Wednesday 17 April
THE Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has heralded its 'Tracks in Time' festival, which came to a close last week, as a huge success having drawn in thousands of early season visitors.
 

CLA attacks Government's "rural proofing" record

Tuesday 16 April
THE Government's much lauded promise to take rural concerns into account when making major policy decisions has been followed by "particularly disappointing" results, says the Country Landowners and Business Association.
 

YHA row hots up

Monday 15 April
THE row over plans to close ten YHA hostels throughout the country - two of them in the Yorkshire Dales National Park - hotted up over the weekend when the Ramblers' Association expressed its "deep regret" over the closures.
 

Planners back down on Hawes phone mast

Thursday 11 April
THE Yorkshire Dales National Park has changed its mind - with great reluctance - about the siting of two mobile phone masts on St Margaret's Church in Hawes.
 

Calling would-be entrepreneurs

Wednesday 10 April
Got a bright business idea - but don't know how to develop it? If so, you should visit Harrogate this coming weekend to get expert advice on how to become an entrepreneur - absolutely free.
 

Gill demands worldwide FMD scanning

Tuesday 09 April
NFU President Ben Gill told the EU investigation into foot and mouth disease yesterday that co-ordinated global scanning is needed to provide an "early disease warning system".
 

Action now on climate change, says CLA

Tuesday 09 April
The County Landowners and Business Association has issued a warning to members to start taking immediate steps to combat climate change.
 

Keeping an i on the Dales

Friday 05 April
An official guide to Ingleton, Bentham and Clapham has just been published.
 

Farmers take FMD case to Europe

Wednesday 03 April
THE National Farmers' Union, which has campaigned unsuccessfully for a full public enquiry into last year's foot and mouth outbreak, is to take its case to the European Union.
 

Taxmen continue FMD support

Tuesday 02 April
THE Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise are to continue to give support to businesses and individuals affected by the foot and mouth disease.
 

Park protest over YHA closures

Thursday 28 March
THE Yorkshire Dales National Park is asking to meet officials of the Youth Hostels Association to protest over plans to close two youth hostels in the Dales.
 

Sand martin alert

Wednesday 27 March
BIRD-LOVERS are being urged this week to be on the lookout for one of Britain's favourite - and most threatened - summer visitors, the sand martin.
 

David McCutcheon of Airborne Adventures looks to the future

Tuesday 26 March
Things are looking very positive once again at Airborne Adventures. A new website, a new brochure, two new balloons and the start of a new season.
 

Countryside seminar at No 10

Tuesday 26 March
THE Prime Minister was today hosting a "working seminar" at 10, Downing Street, to discuss proposals for the future of the British countryside and farming.
 

Free kiddie visits to Dales museum this Easter

Monday 25 March
THE Yorkshire Dales Countryside Museum at Hawes has scrapped childrens' entrance fees at part of a campaign to entice more visitors to the Dales this Easter.
 

Visit Settle's new website - and win a new computer

Monday 25 March
Visitors to Settle's new website will have the chance of winning a brand new AMD 900 multi-media PC, with a 20 gigabyte hard drive and a 15 inch monitor.
 

More support needed for rural post offices

Thursday 21 March
The Country Land and Business Association's campaign to "post a card, save a post office" has welcomed the announcement by Consignia to extend the deadline to Friday 12 April.
 

Fox hunting: off the hook?

Wednesday 20 March
The House of Lords threw foxhunting a lifeline last night be voting for the so-called "middle way" which would allows the sport to continue in a limited, tightly regulated form.
 

Foxhunting: compromise on cards?

Tues 19 March
DESPITE a huge vote to ban all hunting with dogs in the House of Commons last night, commentators were today suggesting that a compromise may still be on the cards to save fox hunting under new, tight regulations.
 

Dales to escape nitrates ban?

Tues 19 March
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is to suggest to the Government that much of the park should escape controls on the use of nitrate fertilisers.
 

NFU moves to meet critics

Mon 18 March
THE National Farmers' Union is to radically alter its constitution next month in a move seen as an answer to growing internal criticism from its own members.
 

Gill denies NFU split

Thurs 14 March
NFU President Ben Gill today denied the union was facing a massive split - or even total disintegration - in the aftermath of the foot and mouth crisis.
 

Countryside needs more Government help - poll

Wed 13 March
A national opinion poll has found that nearly two thirds of people across the country believe that the Government could do more to help rural communities recover after the foot and mouth outbreak.
 

Farmers and Government clash over nitrate levels

Tues 12 March
YET another head-on clash between farmers and the Government loomed today over the use - or over-use - of nitrate fertilisers and a European Union directive tended to curb it.
 

The first swallow of spring - Official!

Mon 11 March
The first swallow to arrive in the UK from South Africa has been spotted on the Kent coast.
 

New Settle web site goes live

Fri 08 March
An invaluable source of information about the Settle area.
 

Farmers warned: beware bogus consultants

Wed 06 March
BOGUS "consultants" are believed to be cashing in on the after effects of foot and mouth.
 

Help save Ratty

Wed 06 March
AN appeal has gone out to Yorkshire farmers and landowners to save the water vole.
 

Conservation bodies united against Government plans

Mon 04 March
FOUR major conservation bodies today joined forces to fight Government proposals to make fundamental changes to the planning system.
 

Watch out for wheatears

Thurs 26 February
Britain's first ever Internet bird watching census starts on Friday (March 1) and Daelnet readers are being asked to be on the lookout for wheatears.
 

Planning in Malhamdale: village views sought

Thurs 21 February
RESIDENTS of villages in Lower Malhamdale are being invited to informal meetings with National Park planners to explain how they would like to see their communities develop in future.
 

A year ago today: the grim anniversary of FMD

Tues 19 February
Today (Tuesday, February 19) marks the anniversary of the first confirmed case of foot and mouth disease in the UK of last year's crisis.
 

FMD fund seeks final applications

Thurs 14 February
THE DALES Recovery Appeal, which has raised more than £1 million for financial victims of last year's foot and mouth epidemic, is seeking final applications for help having already allocated almost £700,000.
 

Foot and mouth: have your say

Wed 13 February
FIVE local authorities covering the Yorkshire Dales are to host a series of public meetings to give local residents, farmers and businesses the chance to have their say on the lessons that need to be learnt from last year's foot and mouth crisis.
 

Watch the birdie(s)

Mon 11 February
BIRD-LOVERS with Internet access are today invited to take part in Britain's first-ever www migration survey.
 

CPRE rallying cry on planning reform

Thurs 07 February
THE Council for the Protection of Rural England today issued a rallying cry to raise support amongst people opposed to the Government's proposed new planning legislation.
 

Whirly bird to park path rescue

Thurs 07 February
FOR the first time since last year's foot and mouth outbreak, a helicopter is back in operation in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
 

Send a postcard - save a post office

Wed 06 February
THE Government's aim to revitalise the rural economy will be dead on its feet if plans to privatise the postal service results in a poorer service in rural areas.
 

National park makes tracks to bring back visitors

Tue 05 February
AS PART of its campaign to bring visitors back to the countryside, the Yorkshire Dales National Park is staging an exhibition celebrating the history of travel in the Dales.
 

Sinister turn in GM food debate

Tue 05 February
THE long-running controversy over genetically modified foods (GM) took a sinister new turn today with a warning from the Government's own advisers on nature concerns.
 

National park moves to protect "green lanes"

Thu 31 January
THE Yorkshire Dales National Park is taking an experimental step to solve one of the area's bitterest confrontations over the use of so-called "green lanes."
 

Farming's future: fury and favour

Wed 30 January
THE final publication of a Government commission's long awaited report into the future of British farming was greeted today with a mixture of fury from the farmers and favour from various conservation bodies.
 

Small Dales Village fights back

Wed 23 January
The small village of Kettlewell has recently launched their own web site called www.kettlewell.info all thanks to thousands of donations from generous hearted people.
 

Green light for Kettlewell community/visitor centre

Thurs 10 January
THE Yorkshire Dales National Park has given the go ahead for a new community and visitor centre in the tourist honeypot village of Kettlewell - and work will start almost immediately.
 

Prickles V McDonalds battle

Tues 08 January
A David and Goliath battle has broken out in the countryside between hedgehog lovers and McDonalds, the global burger chain.
 

Stark warning to farmers over £3 billion subsidies

Fri 04 January
AS the Government ponders its future policies towards agriculture, a leading official today issued a stark warning to farmers that they may be facing their last chance to maintain the support of the general public.
 

First shots in national planning row

Thurs 03 January
ONE OF this year's major countryside controversies - Government plans for a major shake-up in the way planning permissions are granted - came to the battlefield yesterday.
 

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