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Members to approve ambitious new work programme for National Park

Monday 26 February, 2024, by News Release

Members of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority will meet next week to agree an ambitious £13.1m work programme for 2024/25 which represents a significant increase in expenditure to support delivery of its key objectives and ambitions.

While the Authority’s core government grant remains flat for an 8th year, Defra have provided additional Capital Funding of £500k. On top of significant external income secured by the National Park Authority through a variety of externally backed projects, this means the Authority can:

  • Provide £2m of grants to the National Park’s farmers and landowners through the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme.
  • Continue the Tees-Swale project, restoring peatland, hay meadows, woodland and other priority habitats across Swaledale and Arkengarthdale.
  • Provide new, Education and Outreach projects: Championing National Parks for everyone, and the National Citizen Service project. 
  • Facilitate an extensive volunteers programme, young ranger, ‘Upskill Down Dale’ youth engagement programme, and apprenticeships, developing skills that lead to employment in the environmental sector.
  • Implement the Coast to Coast National Trail through the National Park, and a variety of other ambitions.

Derek Twine, Deputy Chair of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee said:

“The ambition in this year’s work programme is clear to see. Thanks to important income streams and the additional government capital funding, we have been able to commit to supporting farmers and landowners in accessing critical new grant funding, provide opportunities for underrepresented groups to experience the joy of visiting a National Park, and much more. 

“However, the very real pressure on our core government grant funding remains and the outlook beyond 2024/25 looks much less positive. The ‘Farming in Protected Landscapes’ programme and ‘Grow Back Greener’ project are both scheduled to end in March 2025 and continuing uncertainty over the Country’s public finances in general means it’s difficult to anticipate how our core grant, currently only £5.2m, will be impacted beyond next year. As a result, all of the Authority’s plans and ambitions for the future face a degree of uncertainty”.

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6 Replies to “Members to approve ambitious new work programme for National Park”

  1. Andrew John Cook says:

    I am part owner of a small tenanted farm in Wensleydale. Are grants for traditional stone barns maintenance and repair included in Farming in Protected Landscapes Scheme? Would maintaining /repairing stone barns with their provision for natural habitat ( barn owls etc) qualify as Biodiversity Net Gain?

  2. Carl Bendelow says:

    How can l view planing application for hydro plantation Needle House at Kirby Stephen

  3. SJW says:

    Remember, go woke, go broke. Companies and establishments are always now bordering on spinning out of control with fringe distractions like ESG, climate change and diversity drives.

    Just keep it sensible please. The people who live and work daily in the Dales should come first. And if people want to come, they’ll come.

    • Simon Desborough says:

      Hi not sure what you mean? Farmers in the Dales get a great deal of economic support in the form of subsidies and grants and it’s inevitable that there is going a conversation as to how the land will be farmed in future. Is the land worth more in terms of carbon capture and energy production and biodiversity? All of these things have the potential of an economic revolution in the Dales. Things change and we all have to accept this. The Dales needs to transform to become a more vibrant economy and the things I’ve mentioned will help it. Farming is a relatively low contributor to economic output and we have to make a transition to something which will benefit everyone including those living and working in the Dales

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