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Harvest of Song

Wednesday 31 August
Langcliffe Village Institute will be celebrating the arrival of autumn with a fund raising concert entitled ? A Harvest of Song? by the popular, local group Octameron.
 

It's "Child's Play" with Octameron at Long Preston

Tuesday 24 May
Local singing group Octameron will be sharing the stage with the next generation as they join forces with the sons of two of its members to present a light-hearted family concert in aid of the National Children's Orchestra in Long Preston Village Hall on Sunday 12th June at 3pm.
 

National Park housing development plan unveiled

Monday 28 March
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) has launched its new Housing Development Plan with the aim of delivering sites for affordable housing over the next 15 years.
 

Richmond cycle day

Monday 28 March
A new cycling group take its inaugural ride at a special activities day in Richmond next month.
 

National Park schemes to lessen impact of climate change

Monday 21 March
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) is working hard to help local people to offset the effects of climate change.
 

A classroom with a difference at Gayle Mill

Monday 21 March
Children from schools in the Yorkshire Dales will soon be able to experience hands-on learning by visiting the 230-year old Gayle Mill, near Hawes, as it launches a heritage education project with the arrival of Samantha Belcher, a dedicated Heritage Education and Training Co-ordinator.
 

Nidderdale AONB Launches 2011 Events Programme

Monday 14 March
Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has now launched its Events Programme for 2011. Events take place between April and October and are designed to help both visitors and residents explore and appreciate the outstanding Nidderdale landscape.
 

Community groups cash in at Dragon?s Den event

Monday 14 March
Community groups in Craven bid for funding at a Dragon?s Den style event run by Craven District Council and Craven Youth Council on 25 February.
 

Police and National Park Rangers clamp down on illegal off-roading

Wednesday 09 March
Rangers from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) have joined forces with North Yorkshire Police to try to reduce the damage to the sensitive landscape caused by illegal off-roading.
 

North Yorkshire's recipe for good health

Wednesday 09 March
School cooks in North Yorkshire have the recipe for success with the publication of a new book.
 

Future of Richmondshire TIC?s to be determined

Tuesday 08 March
The future provision of tourist information services across Richmondshire looks set to be decided next week.
 

Gardensharrogate?springing into action

Tuesday 08 March
Harrogate in Bloom?s latest project is underway to showcase the local area?s floral excellence by holding a free gardening event at the Great Yorkshire Showground.
 

Yorkshire Dales landscape comes to life

Thursday 03 March
The beautiful landscapes patterns of the Yorkshire Dales are brought to life in a new exhibition being staged in Bainbridge.
 

Cycling for fun in Richmondshire

Thursday 03 March
A new group promoting cycling for fun is being launched in Richmond next month.
 

Votes needed for National Park conservation work

Wednesday 02 March
Lovers of the spectacular Three Peaks in the Yorkshire Dales National Park are being asked to vote for conservation work that is in the running for a cash award.
 

March events at the Dales Countryside Museum

Tuesday 01 March
There will be some interesting and unusual attractions for visitors to the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes this month. (March)
 

Help people find out who they really are!

Tuesday 01 March
Volunteers are being sought for a family history project which could help people around the world find out who they really are.
 

TV Chef Hosts A Dales Kitchen Challenge

Monday 28 February
The Wensleydale Creamery at Hawes in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales has marked the completion of a £800,000 investment in its Visitor Centre with a Dales Kitchen Challenge hosted by TV chef Rosemary Shrager.
 

Nidderdale AONB Launches Traditional Farm Buildings Survey

Monday 28 February
Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is about to launch a two-year project to further our understanding of historic farm buildings in the area.
 

Accolade for Yorkshire Dales pub

Tuesday 22 February
The Wensleydale Heifer, one of the Yorkshire Dales? oldest inns and boutique hotels, has received yet another accolade after it was listed as one of the top 50 pubs in the country by The Times.
 

Chips are down for card fraudsters

Wednesday 16 February
North Yorkshire Police have stepped up the fight against credit and debit card fraud.
 

Consultation begins on new renewable energy guidance

Wednesday 16 February
New guidance for people wanting to install renewable energy equipment in the Yorkshire Dales National Park has been put out for public consultation today.
 

Church appoints new Rural Officer

Tuesday 15 February
The Church of England?s Diocese of Ripon and Leeds has signified its continued commitment to the countryside with the appointment of a successor to former rural officer Canon Leslie Morley, who retired last year. Mr Andy Ryland, the Transport and Visitor Management Officer for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, has been named as the new Rural Officer for the diocese.
 

Charity book fair

Tuesday 15 February
A charity book fair will be held at Bolton Abbey next month in support of ABF, The Soldiers Charity.
 

Protect yourself from fuel thefts ? farmers warned

Thursday 10 February
The CLA is urging farmers across Yorkshire to protect their fuel supplies following reports of a rural crime wave.
 

Richmondshire artists to share ideas

Thursday 10 February
Voluntary artists and art groups across Richmondshire are being asked to join forces to share information and ideas.
 

Work of upland farmers ?must be recognised?

Wednesday 09 February
The contribution of upland livestock farming still fails to be recognised nationally and internationally, according to David Butterworth, Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.
 

A love affair to remember in the National Park

Wednesday 09 February
Love is all around in the latest edition of the free annual visitor newspaper produced by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA).
 

Morris taster session

Monday 07 February
If you?ve ever secretly fancied just ?having a go? at morris dancing, the Flagcrackers of Craven are offering just that chance to men, women and children in the area. For the first time, on Sunday February 27th the Skipton team will be holding an Open Taster Session workshop for anyone interested to try their hand at some Border morris. That?s the colourful stick brandishing variety.
 

Love Birds? Get involved in National Nest Box Week

Monday 07 February
A special event is taking place at Gayle Mill near Hawes on Saturday, 19 February, from 10.30am to 4pm.
 

Rural economy needs healthy routes to thrive, says CLA

Friday 04 February
The CLA in the North is warning that a combination of rising fuel costs, the threat of reduced bus services, a poor and expensive rail network, and lack of access to fast broadband is threatening to bring economic recovery to a grinding halt.
 

Guilty poachers out of pocket

Friday 04 February
Three men have been hit with fines totalling more than £1000 after being found guilty of poaching offences in Richmondshire.
 

Prepare for tough times ahead ? Dales farmers warned

Thursday 03 February
Dales hill farmers must be prepared for challenging times ahead ? that was the message to rural estate owners at the second meeting of the Dales Rural Estates Network (DREN).
 

Cinema in Northallerton

Thursday 03 February
Northallerton becomes the venue for a cinema again this week.
 

New year, no lanterns says CLA

Wednesday 02 February
The CLA in the North has again added its voice to calls for people to celebrate Chinese New Year without releasing sky lanterns.
 

New food ratings for Hambleton businesses

Wednesday 02 February
A new ratings system for food businesses will be launched in the dales district of Hambleton this spring.
 

NFU urges Chinese New Year festivities without flying lanterns

Tuesday 01 February
Chinese New Year festivities are due to take place over the next week - and the National farmers Union is urging revellers to celebrate without flying lanterns.
 

New windows into the past

Tuesday 01 February
History buffs now have more and more facts about the Yorkshire Dales National Park at their fingertips on the internet.
 

Cliffe Castle to re-open

Monday 31 January
Keighley's Cliffe Castle will re-open to the public on Saturday, 5 February with new exhibitions and a restored great drawing room.
 

Dog owners urged to clean up

Monday 31 January
Craven District Council and British Waterways have joined forces to tackle the problem of dog fouling in Skipton.
 

Making the best use of empty homes

Friday 28 January
A new campaign to make the best use of empty homes has been launched.
 

Tickets for Northallerton?s History Day go on sale

Friday 28 January
A fashion show which brought charity shop chic to the catwalks as well as latest designs from reused clothing and recycled materials attracted a packed house at the weekend.
 

Recycle fashion show draws the crowds

Thursday 27 January
A new scheme which offers support to young people facing homelessness across Hambleton and Richmondshire will be officially launched next week.
 

Tickets for Northallerton?s History Day go on sale

Thursday 27 January
Tickets for this year?s County Record Office?s History Day are now on sale. The County Council?s annual event will be held at the Hambleton Forum in Northallerton on Saturday 26th March and tickets are only £1.
 

Litter and dog fouling education day in Pendle

Tuesday 25 January
Pendle Council?s Environmental Crime team will be spending tomorrow (Wednesday) out and about in Nelson and Colne, appealing to local residents to do their bit to keep the area tidy.
 

Craven Pool?s Coffee Lounge goes wireless

Tuesday 25 January
The Coffee Lounge at Craven Pool and Fitness Centre in Skipton has gone wireless, allowing customers to surf the web for free as they enjoy their coffee.
 

Ramblers recruits ?Mystery Walkers?

Monday 24 January
This January Britain?s Walking Charity needs you. The Ramblers are recruiting ?Mystery Walkers? from across the country to help test the state of footpaths in England and Wales.
 

Early spring clean for Herriot museum

Monday 24 January
The World of James Herriot re-opened today (Monday) after an early spring clean ? and boasting a new exhibition.
 

Survey to assesss housing in North yorkshire

Friday 21 January
A massive survey to assess housing needs across North Yorkshire ? now and in the future ? kicks off this month.
 

Fashion show with a difference

Friday 21 January
A collection of vintage wear, jewellery and accessories from recycled goods and reclaimed materials will form part of a stunning collection for a fashion show with a difference tomorrow (Saturday).
 

Essential road repairs at Morton on Swale

Thursday 20 January
North Yorkshire County Council is to carry out essential resurfacing works along sections of the A684 through Morton on Swale and Ainderby Steeple, following the damage caused by last year?s severe winter conditions.
 

Is your soil in good shape?

Thursday 20 January
Natural England is inviting local farmers to a half day farm demonstration event at Wigglesworth Hall near Skipton to find out how they can save money and increase grass production by improving soil condition across their farm.
 

Cash for Wensleydale voluntary groups

Wednesday 19 January
Eight community and voluntary projects in Lower Wensleydale have been given a £6,000 cash boost.
 

Young marketeers help out at Herriot Centre

Wednesday 19 January
The World of James Herriot has three new volunteers.
 

Government responds to Daelnet's parking threat article

Thursday 13 January
Local Government Minister Bob Neill has responded to a Daelnet article we recently published highlighting the potential danger facing our local market towns from increased parking fees.
 

North Yorkshire tops the league

Thursday 13 January
North Yorkshire's schools and colleges are again amongst the best in the national league tables published today.
 

Police ramp up cycle security in Northallerton

Wednesday 12 January
Police in Northallerton will be holding two bike security sessions in January and February.
 

Who do you think you are?

Wednesday 12 January
People who want to delve into their family histories are being offered some top tips on how to go about it from an expert.
 

Census jobs for rural people

Tuesday 11 January
It?s census time this March, and the team behind the once-a-decade exercise are looking to recruit people in rural areas to make sure things run as smoothly as possible.
 

Wanted: star-gazing amateur scientists

Tuesday 11 January
TWO of Britain?s most respected bodies are on the lookout for amateur astronomers to gather data which will help them campaign against Britain?s light pollution which means that millions of people rarely see the stars.
 

Youth Council in £5 transport challenge

Monday 10 January
Craven Youth Council is fighting to raise awareness of how the cost of travelling in the district affects young people.
 

Budding actors needed in Hambleton

Monday 10 January
Budding actors are being given the chance to shine as Northallerton?s drama club starts a new season this coming weekend.
 

Ramblers spell out cost of footpath cuts to local authorities

Thursday 06 January
Every local authority in the country is to receive a letter from the Ramblers Association imploring them not to neglect rights of way, when budget cuts need to be made.
 

Spelman calls for drastic CAP reform

Thursday 06 January
The Coalition Government is about to launch a full-scale attack on the notorious European Common Agricultural Policy by demanding fundamental changes ? a move which Tony Blair attempted and failed when he was Prime Minister.
 

Council provides bus service for villagers stranded by Post Office closure

Wednesday 05 January
A free minibus service is to continue to be provided by North Yorkshire County Council for people in Catterick Village whose local Post Office has been temporarily closed. The service, which runs every Monday, provides villagers with a link to the Post Office branches in Brompton-on-Swale and Scorton.
 

Bingley Five Rise Locks recognised as site of transport heritage

Wednesday 05 January
Bingley Five Rise Locks has been recognised as one of the most significant sites of transport heritage by the Transport Trust ? the first of its kind in Yorkshire.
 

Trees from pole to pole

Tuesday 04 January
The Woodland Trust is celebrating the beginning of the New Year by planting its 1,000th wood involving almost 13 million new trees which, if set a normal distance apart, would stretch from the North to the South Pole.
 

NFU and police join forces to tackle rural crime

Tuesday 04 January
The NFU Mutual has formed a new partnership with police to tackle a sharp rise in farm machinery thefts.
 

CLA key report shows ?High Hopes? for the Uplands

Friday 31 December
THE CLA have launched a key policy document on the Uplands.
 

Go smoke free for New Year

Friday 31 December
EXTRA stop smoking sessions are being laid on for smokers in North Yorkshire and York looking to kick the habit for the New Year.
 

New exhibition for New Year

Thursday 30 December
THE Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority?s Yoredale offices in Bainbridge will be playing host to a new exhibition in the New Year.
 

ES 'making a real difference', says RSPB

Thursday 30 December
A scientific survey of environmental schemes on farmland indicates that government-funded measures to help birds in winter are working.
 

Councils shrank road salt orders

Wednesday 29 December
AS a thaw began to take hold in western parts of the Yorkshire Dales ? although more severe weather is forecast ? a leading spending watchdog has revealed that local; councils actually ordered less road salt this winter despite last year?s big freeze.
 

New hope for Yorkshire bee keepers

Wednesday 29 December
BRITISH scientists are working on a novel way to halt a deadly plague which is threatening bee populations throughout the UK ? by making them self destruct.
 

New grants for tree projects

Friday 24 December
LANDOWNERS in the Yorkshire and the Humber region are being offered cash to plant more trees to lessen the impact of floods and climate change.
 

Village plans approved

Friday 24 December
WORK to help to conserve and enhance the special character of two villages in the Yorkshire Dales National Park is one step nearer.
 

National Park funding hit hard

Thursday 23 December
THE campaigning charity the Campaign for National Parks (CNP) has reacted with dismay to Monday?s announcement by Defra that the English National Park Authorities will receive a 21.5% cash reduction over the next four years, which, when considering inflation amounts to a 28.5% reduction.
 

Peaceful Xmas for Cock Robin

Thursday 23 December
BRITAIN?S national bird, the robin, is about to enjoy a peaceful Christmas and New Year, thanks to the freezing weather conditions.
 

£500-enviro challenge for young farmers

Wednesday 22 December
CASH prizes of up to £500 are on offer for young farmers across Yorkshire as part of a special competition being launched to get them involved with the Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE) and other agri-environment schemes.
 

Today's children lack country nous

Wednesday 22 December
MODERN school children may be whizz-kids with computers and computer games ? but many of them are seriously lacking in simple country knowledge.
 

Invading species cost nation £1.7 billion

Monday 20 December
THE first ever scientific study of the cost of eradicating invasive animal and plant species has come up with the staggering estimate of £1.7 billion a year in England, Scotland and Wales.
 

CPRE welcomes Localism Bill but...

Wednesday 15 December
The Campaign to Protect Rural England has given a warm welcome to the Coalition Government?s Localism Bill, saying it ?promises to be a significant step towards devolving power to local people through neighbourhood plans and stronger powers to tackle unauthorised advertising in the countryside.?
 

New RPA boss appointed

Wednesday 15 December
THE troubled Rural Payments Agency, renowned for its bureaucratic incompetence, has been given a new boss: former businessman turned quangocrat Mark Grimshaw, who made his name as a trouble shooter by sorting out another bureaucracy plagued quango, the Child Support Agency.
 

Record submissions for environment survey

Monday 13 December
MORE than 15,000 people and organisations have responded to a Defra request for ideas on how to improve the English environment, the biggest ever response to an information gathering project in preparation for a ground-breaking White Paper on the subject.
 

From one world to another

Monday 13 December
THE World of James Herriot has been transformed into a Christmas wonderland!
 

Ramblers spell out cost of footpath cuts to local authorities

Friday 10 December
SHORTLY every local authority in the land will receive a letter from the Ramblers imploring them not to neglect rights of way, when budget cuts need to be made.
 

Box nests do best in 2010

Friday 10 December
THE latest results from the British Trust for Ornithology?s Nest Record Scheme show that 2010 was a great year for both resident and migrant birds using there nestboxes.
 

Accurate food labelling success

Thursday 9 December
BRITISH farmers are celebrating a major step forward in their battle to get accurate country of origin food labelling across the EU.
 

Praise for National Park Authority

Thursday 9 December
THE performance of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) has been highly praised in a new report.
 

Kissing mistletoe goodbye

Wednesday 8 December
BRITAIN is in danger of losing its mistletoe, that traditional winter decoration now entwined with a Kiss Me Quick Christmas culture, but whose use dates back to Pagan times.
 

Coping with the big freeze

Wednesday 8 December
NORTH Yorkshire County Council has mobilised its fleet of four-wheel-drive vehicles to help to continue delivering its services effectively to communities across the county during this early spell of severe wintry weather.
 

Shortfall of rural house targets worries CPRE

Tuesday 7 December
THE Coalition Government has cuts its estimates of new houses to be built in the future, revealing a desperate need for more careful planning, says the Campaign to Protect Rural England.
 

Joint effort to repair stairway to Ingleborough

Tuesday 7 December
CLIMBERS and walkers winding their way up the steep slopes of Ingleborough will find the trek a little easier thanks to the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) and the British Mountaineering Council.
 

Double threat to sheep flocks

Monday 6 December
SHEPHERDS in the Yorkshire Dales are facing a twin threat to their pre-Christmas flocks ? from the Arctic weather and a sudden boom in sheep rustling.
 

Shop locally for a real Christmas and make a real local difference

Monday 6 December
?Trading our way out of recession? has been on the lips of politicians and businessmen all year, but now everyone has the opportunity to make a real difference to the businesses in their local communities, says CLA North.
 

Next step for National Park housing plan

Friday 3 December
A BLUEPRINT to meet future housing needs in the Yorkshire Dales National Park is set to go before a planning inspector next year.
 

Farm payments begin

Thursday 2 December
THE much-criticised Rural Payments Agency set up by New Labour and once a byword for bureaucratic inefficiency yesterday (Dec 1) began paying out farm subsidies worth almost £1 billion to 80,000 farmers under the Single Payment Scheme (SPS).
 

Soaring cost of country living

Wednesday 1 December
LIVING in the countryside for a family of four is much more expensive than living in town, according to survey carried out by the York-based Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
 

Ramblers celebrate open access ? 10 years on

Wednesday 1 December
BRITAIN?S walking charity, the Ramblers, yesterday celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the law that gives legal access to just over a million hectares of mapped open countryside in England and Wales.
 

Woodland visits in Winter Wonderland

Tuesday 30 November
WITH most of the East Coast of England ? and virtually the whole of Yorkshire ? covered in deep snow this week, people are being urged to get out and about to enjoy this Winter Wonderland by visiting a local wood.
 

Friends of the Three Peaks meet

Tuesday 30 November
BUSINESS and charity leaders took a day off work to learn more about a project to protect the beautiful Three Peaks.
 

Sign up to protect green spaces

Monday 29 November
THE Coalition Government is studying new ways to protect open green space that are important to local residents and is asking for interested people to submit details of land they want protecting from future development.
 

Celebrities launch Give it some Welly for Woodland!

Monday 29 November
CLIVE Anderson, Dame Judi Dench and Simon King are just some of the famous names helping the Woodland Trust launch a new fundraising project - and they need your help!
 

A fair price for your Xmas turkey ? NFU

Friday 26 November
AS the nation prepares for its annual splurge on turkeys, ducks and chickens, the National Farmer Union is calling on the major retailers to pay a fair price for their poultry.
 

Facelift for footpaths

Friday 26 November
TWO footpaths that will lead to a new development in Sedbergh have been given a facelift by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA).
 

Free Access to National Sports (FANS) - deadline looms

Wednesday 24 November
CRAVEN District Council is offering local talented athletes free membership of its facilities at Craven Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre.
 

Plaques for competition winners

Wednesday 24 November
COMMEMORATIVE plaques and certificates of commendation have been presented to the winners in this year?s Best Building Design Awards run by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA).
 

Ups and downs in bird survival

Tuesday 23 November
THE latest detailed report into the decline or increase in British bird species published yesterday (Nov 22) shows that some have done much better than others ? but that early nesting periods brought about by climate change is causing worry about insect-eating species.
 

National Park Centres are tops

Tuesday 23 November
THREE visitor centres run by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) are celebrating being placed in the top five in the county.
 

Milestone for 'green lane' project

Monday 22 November
THE Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) has reached a major milestone in a project to manage the use by recreational motor vehicles of unsurfaced ?green lanes? in the National Park.
 

Top award for TV's Chris Packham

Monday 22 November
THE BBC?s Autumnwatch TV presenter Chris Packham has been presented with a top award for his ? outstanding work in promoting science to new audiences.?
 

Annual charity sheep sale shows generosity of rural population

Friday 19 November
MEMBERS of Addingham and District Sheep Breeders Association are holding their forth annual charity sheep sale in aid of Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice.
 

Hackfall Heritage Open Days attract hundreds!

Friday 19 November
THE Woodland Trust, Hackfall Trust and the Landmark Trust saw people from across the Dales visit Hackfall near Ripon over the weekend of September 11th and 12th and enjoy a series of free activities.
 

New recruits for Access Forum

Thursday 18 November
NEW members are needed for a group that provides guidance and advice on ways to improve public access and opportunities for open-air recreation in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
 

£2m for new flood fighter teams

Thursday 18 November
NEW flood fighting teams designed to combine the work of the emergency services and volunteers from charities like the Red Cross and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution have been granted £2 million for training programmes.
 

Sting in tail of farm grant changesSting in tail of farm grant changes

Wednesday 17 November
A MAJOR increase in funding for Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) agreements for farmers was announced yesterday (Nov 16) ? but changes in the way that payments are made will mean delays in cheques being sent out.
 

Facelift for footpaths

Wednesday 17 November
TWO footpaths that will lead to a new development in Sedbergh have been given a facelift by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA).
 

Forestry sell-off not all bad ? Woodland Trust

Tuesday 16 November
BRITAIN?S biggest tree planting charity, the Woodland Trust, has re-acted calmly to leaked news that the Government could be planning to sell-off parts of the huge areas of land owned by the Forestry Commission.
 

Volunteers prepare for a bumper Christmas Fayre at Gayle Mill

Tuesday 16 November
A TEAM of volunteers are been busy preparing for the Gayle Mill Christmas Fayre. The event is due to take place at the Mill on Saturday, 27 November, from 10.30am to 4.30pm and will be the third Fayre since it opened to the public in 2008.
 

New housing plans welcome ... but

Monday 15 November
GOVERNMENT plans to reward local communities which allow new housing to be built in their district have been welcomed by the Campaign to Protect Rural England ? so long as the houses are properly built.
 

Scarecrows to help save school from closure

Monday 15 November
A VILLAGE in the Yorkshire Dales at risk of losing its primary school has enlisted the help of its scarecrows in its battle against council education officials.
 

Milestone for Go Dales! project

Friday 12 November
AN action-packed scheme that introduces young people to outdoor adventure in Yorkshire Dales National Park has reached a major milestone.
 

Improving mobile phone coverage in rural areas

Friday 12 November
THE Commission for Rural Communities have launched ?Rural mobile phone coverage ? issues and recommendations?, a report highlighting the impacts of poor mobile coverage on rural communities.
 

North Yorkshire libraries launch online e-book service

Thursday 11 November
LIBRARY users in North Yorkshire are being offered a new online service to download e-books and audio titles.
 

Start of mammoth tree planting project

Thursday 11 November
BRITAIN is to get a stunning one billion new trees in the next 50 years in one of the biggest conservation programmes ever launched ? and work is starting now in some of the most deprived areas of the country.
 

Have your say on your national park

Wednesday 10 November
IN a move which will have great interest in North Yorkshire, the Coalition government is asking people to send their views to a national forum to discuss the good and bad points of national parks.
 

Blue Peter hails young local radio star

Wednesday 10 November
A YORKSHIRE primary school girl who presents her own local radio show has been interviewed by producers of the children's TV programme Blue Peter.
 

£80,000 history lessons for Dales children

Tuesday 9 November
MOST people look upon the Yorkshire Dales as a purely rural area distant from the industry of Yorkshire?s industrial towns and cities ? but, in fact, they have a long history of manufacturing.
 

Badger culls: more confusion

Tuesday 9 November
NEW scientific evidence published yesterday on one of the bitterest countryside controversies ? calls for a mass extermination of badgers ? add even more to the confusion which has affected the problem for the best part of a decade.
 

Historic toll house saved

Friday 5 November
AN historic building in the Yorkshire Dales National Park has been given a new lease of life.
 

Have your say on the future of Settle Town Hall

Friday 5 November
CRAVEN District Council would like residents to share their thoughts and ideas about the future of Settle Town Hall.
 

Last lap for bird atlas

Thursday 4 November
ONE of the most ambitious scientific surveys ever launched by ornithologists is reaching its last lap ? and amateur bird watchers are being invited to help fill in the final data.
 

Grants to community groups

Thursday 4 November
JIM Paice, Minister of State for Agriculture, yesterday (Nov 3) announced funding of £12.6 million, from Defra and its quangos to improve our understanding of how UK agriculture contributes to climate change.
 

Closing in on millionth tree target

Tuesday 2 November
A YORKSHIRE Dales charity has been helped towards its target of planting one million trees by a gift of £2,000 by a local firm which makes up-market paper goods.
 

Grants to community groups

Tuesday 2 November
NINE community and voluntary projects in the Upper Dales have been given a £10,000 cash boost.
 

New partnerships must include farming ? NFU

Monday 1 November
THE Government?s new Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPS), which are to replace the scrapped Regional Development Agency quangos, must recognise the importance of farming and food production in the local economy, says the NFU ? but few of them show signs of doing so.
 

National Park budget warning

Friday 29 October
A NATIONAL charity has warned of the likely impacts of cutting the budgets of the National Parks.
 

Park stalwart retires

Friday 29 October
THE man responsible for building the 400 plus steps at the side of Malham Cove is retiring from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) after a career spanning three decades.
 

Have your say on budget cuts

Thursday 28 October
PEOPLE across North Yorkshire are being invited to air their views on spending priorities in the face of multi-million pound cuts in funding to public sector organisations in the county.
 

Budding Artists

Thursday 28 October
BUDDING artists had a go at sculpting as part of a special workshop held at The World of James Herriot.
 

Don't burn Prickles alive ? plea

Wednesday 27 October
THIS weekend is when young children and fun-loving adults begin to collect material for their November 5th bonfires ? and one that can sentence Britain?s favourite mammal to a terrible death.
 

Say NO to Chinese Lanterns, says CLA

Wednesday 27 October
AS Halloween and bonfire Night approach, the CLA in the North is asking people to not include Chinese or sky lanterns as part of any celebrations.
 

Hiccup in "green farming" grants

Tuesday 26 October
A WELCOME boost to so-called ?green farming? grants has caused a temporary hiccup forcing Natural England to suspend further funding under the Higher Level Stewardship scheme (HLS).
 

Changes at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

Tuesday 26 October
PARISH councillor Nick Thwaite has been appointed to the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority by the Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Caroline Spelman.
 

Cuts threaten rural bus services ? CPRE

Monday 25 October
WHILST issuing a guarded welcome for some of the ?green? promises made in last week?s Giovernment cuts, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has raised doubts that rural bus services can survive with subsidies slashed.
 

Food for thought: feed the birds

Friday 22 October
AS autumn draws in and food for birds in the wider countryside is depleted, our feathered companions will start to flock to feeders in our gardens. The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) provides a master class on what the public can do to help.
 

Contemporary Craven Christmas exhibition showcases 50 Craven artists

Friday 22 October
THE annual Contemporary Craven Christmas exhibition at Craven Museum & Gallery opens on 21 October with more artists represented than ever before.
 

Cuts: hard-hit Defra to concentrate on front line services

Thursday 21 October
THE food and environment department Defra is to take one of the biggest spending hits of any Government department, it was revealed in yesterday?s comprehensive spending review.
 

Voice of the morning takes on the nation

Thursday 21 October
A YORKSHIRE community radio station presenter, Kevin Reid Griffiths has topped the Town Crier charts in an annual competition in Hastings.
 

Colourful, wild and free in Dalby Forest

Wednesday 20 October
WITH Autumn colours set to spread across the region the Forestry Commission has named North Yorkshire's top five places to see the riot of rustic hues.
 

North Yorkshire students asked to get filming to save a life

Wednesday 20 October
STUDENTS across North Yorkshire are being encouraged to use their film-making talents to help save lives.
 

Last chance to change farm red tape

Tuesday 19 October
FARMERS are being advised by Defra that they have just two weeks left to suggest ways of cutting the red tape which is strangling their industry.
 

Otters stage massive comeback

Tuesday 19 October
England?s otter population, once on the verge of extinction, has made a massive comeback, according to a survey by the Environment Agency.
 

Locals need more planning power ? CPRE

Monday 18 October
AS the Coalition government prepares to announce what is forecast to be the biggest shake-up in the planning system for decades, the Campaign to Protect Rural England today (Oct 18) announces its own planning charter ? and its main theme is the restoration of planning powers to local communities.
 

Competition winners revealed

Monday 18 October
JUDGES have announced the winners of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) Best Building Design Award competition.
 

Funding wildlife must not put new burden on rural businesses, says CLA

Friday 15 October
THE CLA has sounded a note of caution about RSPB proposals for new taxes to protect the environment.
 

Have your say about Skipton Town Hall

Thursday 14 October
CRAVEN District Council would like its residents to share their thoughts and ideas about how they see the future of Skipton Town Hall.
 

Country training for ?townie? police

Wednesday 13 October
KENNEL staff out exercising the hounds of the York and Ainsty hunt were stopped by policemen who demanded: ?Why aren?t those dogs on leads??
 

New drive against invasive water weeds

Tuesday 12 October
THE environment department Defra today (Oct 12) launches a new drive to persuade the owners of ornamental ponds not to throw out imported aquatic plants which can invade our waterways.
 

Biodiversity conference

Tuesday 12 October
MORE than 60 delegates from all over the Yorkshire region have got together to discuss ways of protecting important species and habitats in the Yorkshire Dales.
 

Dales charity celebrates 1,000th project

Monday 11 October
THE Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, one of the most successful - and longest surviving - charities set up to mark the arrival of the 21st Century is celebrating its 1,000th project.
 

Praise for National Park Authority staff

Monday 11 October
MEMBERS of the public can expected a top level service from staff at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority ? and that?s official.
 

Historic buildings in the spotlight

Friday 8 October
OWNERS and occupiers of historic buildings in the Yorkshire Dales National Park will be able to pick up free advice and tips at a special event later this month.
 

Keeping the honey bees buzzing

Thursday 7 October
A TASK force of experienced bee-keepers is to be created to help hundreds of amateurs who have taken up the hobby to keep their hives safe over winter, the environment department Defra announced today (Oct 7).
 

Period comedy served by Grassington Players

Thursday 7 October
GRASSINGTON Players have revisited their archives with an acclaimed former favourite for their autumn production. Originally published in 1897 as a short story in a collection by Oscar Wilde, Lord Arthur Savile?s Crime is a black comedy satirising upper-class morality.
 

Skipton on Swale bridge to be restored to former glory

Wednesday 6 October
NORTH Yorkshire County Council's bridge engineers are set to begin the painstaking work of restoring Skipton on Swale Bridge to its historic glory.
 

Farmers queue for key conference

Wednesday 6 October
FARMERS in the North of England, worried about the changes sweeping their industry and the demand for ever ?greener? agriculture, are queuing up to at attend a key conference to be held in Newcastle-upon-Tyne later this month.
 

Amateur photography winners revealed

Tuesday 5 October
EARLIER this year Craven Museum & Gallery, in association with The Craven Herald, launched an amateur photography competition. The brief was simple; show Craven at its best and the top 10 would be made into postcards to be sold through the museum gift shop.
 

Art on wheels across the Dales

Tuesday 5 October
THE Wars of the Roses are to be replaced by the Art of the Roses when a new cycleway opens which will stretch from the Lancashire seaside at Morecambe across Yorkshire.
 

Harvest Thanksgiving should remind us of food security issues

Monday 4 October
THE CLA in the North is disappointed by findings that less than 20% of people in the UK still celebrate at a Harvest Festival.
 

Forestry statistics for 2010 published

Monday 4 October
THE latest National Statistics on forestry have been released by the Forestry Commission, in accordance with arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
 

Government to stop local council newspapers

Friday 1 October
COMMUNITIES Secretary Eric Pickles is to stop local councils from producing their own newspapers in competition to independent news media ? and slash the cost to council tax payers.
 

Wild art at herriot centre

Friday 1 October
YORKSHIRE'S diverse landscape is being celebrated at the World of James Herriot.
 


 

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