A NEWLY created Government fund to provide environmental improvements in areas affected by quarrying has brought a £122,000 windfall for the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
It comes from the Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF) and it will be spent as part of a £286,000 programme of works planned for the Three Peaks, Lower Wharfedale, and the restoration of drystone walls alongside the Settle-Carlisle Railway.
The balance of the funding will come from Railtrack and the national park authority itself.
Alan Hulme, a park regional manager says: "The ALSF is a new funding pot that will allow us to take forward a range of projects to benefit the landscape and communities that have been affected by quarrying.
"By March next year we will have completed over five kilometres of lineside walling restoration on the Settle to Carlisle Railway.
"In addition, we will have further improved the rights of way network in the Three Peaks and undertaken a number of village enhancement projects in Lower Wharfedale - projects the local communities have told us they would like to see done."
For more information on the ALSF, which is open to local authorities, voluntary groups, community groups and the private sector, contact the Countryside Agency on 0161 237 1061.