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Volunteers walling at Malham Credit: Stephen Garnett photography

How you can help

Do you love visiting our beautiful National Park or do you live here? Do you care about the environment, landscape, wildlife and local communities of the Yorkshire Dales?

If so, please help us continue to look after this very special place. There are lots of ways to get involved and give something back.

Make a contribution

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is a public sector body, which means we are primarily funded by a Government grant. But by 2020 this will provide just 60% of the total amount we need to keep up the work we do. 

We are currently looking at a number of different ways to make up the shortfall and one of the ways that you can help is by donating to one of our brilliant projects that will make a real difference to everyone who visits the Yorkshire Dales National Park! 

You can choose to support the repair and maintenance of the footpaths on the world renowned Yorkshire Three Peaks or help our work in providing Red Squirrels with the best natural habitat. Just click the links below to find out more or donate. Alternatively you can donate via the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust who will process your donation and ensure it is put to work to the benefit of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. You can read more about their work below.

Three Peaks Project

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About the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust 

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust is a small charity doing big things to support the people, landscape and wildlife of the Dales.

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority enjoy a long and incredibly successful partnership, with a shared commitment to work together for the good of the National Park. Like the Three Peaks and Red Squirrels projects, they work to conserve and restore habitats – like the rare, wildflower-rich hay meadows, wetlands, and native broadleaf woodlands. They also help to protect the unique natural and built features of the Dales landscape – from limestone caves to hay barns and dry-stone walls.

All this work is delivered in partnership with local people and supports a sustainable rural economy, working in an enabling way to provide funding and support that’s helps people deliver their own projects that benefit their own area and communities.

Finally, the work of the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust depends on engaging and inspiring young people to care about the Yorkshire Dales and to give them the skills to look after it in future. This is achieved through a wide range of events and educational activities and through our Rural Apprenticeship scheme.

To find out how you can get involved and make a lasting difference visit www.ydmt.org or call 015242 51002.

Donate now

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) is a registered charity, number 1061687. If you’re a UK taxpayer, this has the added benefit that you can make your gift(s) worth 25% more under the Gift Aid scheme.

Other ways to help

We have many opportunities beyond simply giving money. Perhaps you’d like to do something a bit more hands on, or you would like to contribute in some other way? There are other ways to get involved.

Corporate partnership

As well as the association with the much loved Yorkshire Dales Brand, working with the National Park Authority offers your business a range of benefits: access to a large audience through our digital and print channels; coverage of your work with us through local, regional and national media, accentuating your environmental credentials; through to opportunities for team-building volunteering activities.

Every individual sponsorship or partnership package will be tailor-made to meet your business objectives and level of investment. For an opportunity to demonstrate to customers, clients, employees and stakeholders that you are supporting work that makes a difference to the environment and to people’s lives, please see more details on our Corporate partnership page.

Buy a gift

Take home that perfect souvenir or give a fantastic gift from the Dales. Our shops offer everything to make your visit a memorable one with maps, books, clothing, local produce, toys, crafts and more. Call in at our National Park Centres or shop online from the comfort of your home.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is honoured to have within its boundary the spectacular mountains Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside, collectively known as the Three Peaks. Walking up all three of them on the 25 mile route that links them together constitutes the famous Three Peaks challenge. Have you done it recently or are you still at the planning stage? The Three Peaks merchandise available in our shop is exclusive to the Three Peaks Project and all funds raised through its sale go to the project.

Give time

Looking for a more hands on way of getting involved? There are many ways in which you can make a contribution.

We have a healthy and very active volunteer community that in 2016/2017 contributed over 6,200 days to helping to look after the National Park. Become a Dales Volunteer or join a local conservation group. Join in and get involved in anything from footpath repairs to wildlife surveys. Giving just a little of your time can have a big impact. We would particularly like to hear from new volunteers in those areas that joined the National Park in August 2016.

If you are interested in the history of the Yorkshire Dales and would like to help in the running of the Dales Countryside Museumthen becoming a member of the Friends of the Dales Countryside Museum might be just the thing for you.

Alternatively, you might be interested in providing advice on improving access within the National Park. If so, there may be an opportunity to volunteer to serve on the Yorkshire Dales Access Forum (YDAF).

Finally  you may feel you have something to offer as a Member of the Authority working on our ‘board’ to ensure the Authority fulfils National Park Purposes and does so in a way that best reflects the special qualities of the Park. For the different routes to becoming a Member visit How to become a Member.

Give passion

If you care about National Parks as strongly we do, you may want to make your voice heard. On a local basis the organisation called Friends of the Dales works to address key issues in the National Park and at national level the Campaign for National Parks works to champion and protect our most precious landscapes.