SDF aims to support projects that help people to understand and enjoy the National Park. A case study and some other recent examples are below.
Falls get a facelift
This project aims to improve the appearance of the area around West Burton waterfalls for visitors. Thanks to a £4,350 SDF grant, the existing concrete and iron rod railings which separate a small parking area from the falls and are adjacent to a popular viewing point have been replaced with new galvanised black railings.
The new railings incorporate four themed panels that focus on the wildlife in the area, they also act as a safety barrier for people viewing the waterfalls.
The applicant and landowner is Burton cum Walden Parish Council. The existing railings were in a poor state of repair and, as West Burton is a Conservation Area, the replacement railings should lead to a welcome enhancement of this popular location.
Other completed projects
- ‘Dancing in the Dales’ production costs for a film that aims to raise awareness of disabled access in the National Park (£6,312)
- New footbridge railings that lead to the village pinfold in Carlton which is a local attraction that can be accessed by the public (£1,200)
- A music concert to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Dent Choir that took place in Sedbergh during the summer of 2016 (£553)
- A series of improvements to the garden area adjacent to Sedbergh Community Office. Works included new seating, paths, a reduced boundary wall and interpretation (£5,000)
- A new book that captures and celebrates the history of Kilnsey Show that was put together by the Upper Wharfedale Agricultural Society (£4,850)
- A three day Medieval music festival that took place at Bolton Castle in September 2016 (£637)
- A two day cycling festival that took place in Sedbergh during June 2016. The festival included events for families and individuals to experience mountain and road biking routes and ran alongside the Sedbergh Sportive Cycling event run by Sedbergh School (£3,000)
And in the pipeline...
- The Dales 30 (Where2Walk), a new guide book that focuses on The Dales 30 challenge - the highest fells in the area (£7,000)
- Way of the Roses, road crossing improvements in Cracoe, Sustrans (£2,242)
- Kilnsey Park Estate interpretation and sculpture trail (£9,882)
- Replacement agricultural show building, Malham Show (£9,407)
- Heber Farm, Buckden, new National Trust campsite (£10,000)
- Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association, new outdoor clothing for volunteers (£4,269)
- Bullpot Farm Environmental Improvements, Red Rose Cave and Pothole Club (£8,000)
- Wharfedale Packhorse, set up costs for new bus service in Upper Wharfedale (£3,742)