Million pound bid to protect upper Dale

Upper Nidderdale's historic environment with miles of dry stone walls
Upper Nidderdale's historic environment with miles of dry stone walls

Nidderdale AONB is aiming for £1.2m of grant funding to protect the upper Dale’s unique landscape and needs ideas to help the bid.

The AONB is asking local communities to help develop ideas for heritage conservation and community projects in Upper Nidderdale, for their Landscape Partnership project.

The group is holding two special events around the Dale to tell people about the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership – which aims to restore historic features like dry stone walls and find new ways of helping people enjoy the beautiful upper Dale.

The scheme is currently using a £48,000 one year development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to work out their full plans, and is hoping to secure £1.2m funding for the project.

The first community engagement event takes place at Middlesmoor Village Hall on Tuesday, May 7 from 2–4pm and 7–9pm, and the second will be at the council chambers on King Street in Pateley Bridge on Thursday, May 9. also from 2–4pm and 7–9pm.

The events will be an opportunity to find out about the Landscape Partnership Scheme from AONB staff.

And an online survey has been launched to find out more ideas for the project.

It is available through the AONB’s Facebook page or from www.uppernidderdale.org.uk.

AONB project officer Iain Mann said: ““The survey gives details of what the Landscape Partnership is about, plus outlines the projects we hope to deliver during the four years the scheme will run.

“It will only take a few minutes to complete, so I hope people will let us know what they think about these plans.”

As well as this, the AONB is inviting anyone with expertise become involved in more detailed project planning.

They are particularly keen to hear from people with knowledge of biodiversity, historic environment, tourism or heritage skills.

There are a limited number of places available so anyone interested should contact Iain Mann at the AONB office in Pateley Bridge on 01423 712950 for further details and an application form.