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Gordale Scar Path maintenance

B7 – Volunteers

Give people from all backgrounds an opportunity to enjoy and contribute to the National Park by providing at least 7,000 volunteer days per year, with 15% coming from under-represented groups. 

How the local partners are doing on this objective

Progress: Over 7,000 volunteer days were undertaken in the National Park in 2022/23, through the National Park Authority’s ‘Dales Volunteers’ and a range of other local and visitor groups. The proportion of the days being done by under-represented groups increased to 22% (from 18% the year before).

Press releases & related articles:

27 April 2021 – Dave ‘with Carol’ as he fixes path

Rationale: The input of volunteers is critical to achieving many of the other objectives of the National Park Management Plan, and to the work of many local organisations.  This objective would increase levels of volunteering (currently 5,500 days per year) in line with the increase in the size of the National Park, and with a higher percentage coming from under-represented groups.

Lead partner:  Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

Supporting partners:  Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust; National Trust

Further information:  YDNPA – Volunteering with us

Cost over 5 years: £1,000,000

Funding shortfall:   None

Related objectives: B1; B4; B5; C2; D2

Ecosystem services: Recreation; Sense of place and inspiration; Sense of history; Biodiversity.

Trade-offs: None

Baseline: 7,001 days provided in 2017/18, of which 1,212 days (17%) from under-represented groups

‘State of the Park’ indicator – YES