People and the Dales

This project is based at the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, May 2009 to October 2012. The focus is working with deprived, excluded and needy individuals from BME backgrounds, disabled groups, young and urban people living around the Yorkshire Dales who have had little or no positive experience of the countryside. The emphasis is on the provision of positive and enjoyable activities which utilise the special qualities of this magnificent landscape and will inspire, enthuse and encourage individuals to return independently with family and friends. Links between rural and urban communities will evolve and training for keener individuals will develop skills for organising further visits. This will encourage a sense of ownership of this national park as part of our national heritage and inspire people to develop a sense of ownership for local green space back home. Through increased access, awareness, understanding and appreciation of the natural environment, these new opportunities for learning and acquisition of skills will widen public involvement in conservation.