Hay meadow flora at Lower Winskill Farm © Paul Harris Photography

What we are doing about climate change

We are committed to doing our bit to tackle climate change. Protecting the special qualities of the Yorkshire Dales National Park from the effects of climate change and helping them to adapt (where possible) is a central element of fulfilling our statutory purposes.

Our aim is to move towards a situation where we are ‘carbon neutral’ (where the amount of greenhouse gas emissions generated in the national park each year is matched or exceeded by the amount of carbon being taken out of the atmosphere).

We believe that the management of the National Park has a major contribution to make in mitigating the effects of climate change and adapting to the inevitable changes ahead. This will be crucial to the future of the National Park itself, but it is equally important nationally, and indeed globally. National Parks are the nation’s breathing spaces and we need to keep them healthy.

There are four key areas where we and our partners have a major contribution to make in mitigating and adapting to climate change in the National Park.

These are:

  • a sustainable approach to land management
  • the development of rural low carbon communities
  • working with the public on the issues and solutions around climate change
  • adaptation to climate change on a landscape scale