Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust (YDMT)

YDMT Contact Details

Address: Old Post Office, Main Street, Clapham, LA2 8DP

Tel: 015242 51002
Fax: 015242 51150
Email: info [at] ydmt.org
website: www.ydmt.org

“YDMT works to support the environmental, social and economic well-being of this special area”

Who we are
We are an independent organisation; a Registered Charity and Company, with a board of 14 trustees drawn from a wide range of interests and areas united by a commitment to the Dales. More than 30,000 donors around the world now support our work. Not restricted geographically, we find that our work draws us increasingly into the nearby conurbations of West Yorkshire and North Lancashire.

We currently employ 19 staff. Together trustees and staff represent a wide range of knowledge, interests and connections, and all share our primary value “to be passionate about the Dales and to enjoy working for them”.

What we do
Since we began in 1996, conserving the physical heritage features which make up the Dales landscape has been the core of our work. Over the last 10 years we have helped more than 600 individual projects worth £15 million. These have included woodlands, wildlife habitats, barns, walls, village halls, historic buildings and features.

Our role has widened over the years as we have realised how just closely the social, economic and environmental aspects of life in the Dales are interdependent - catalysed by Foot and Mouth. We are now helping with issues as diverse as countryside apprenticeships, supporting local contractors and encouraging sustainable development.

Social exclusion, education, health issues and trying to engage communities in nearby conurbations with the Dales have become a real focus, with some inspiring and pioneering work.

How we do it
We have a good reputation as a ‘doing’ organisation which gets practical results. This has been achieved with the help of many partners. As statutory funding has become more difficult we rely increasingly on the generosity of our own donors; whether individuals, businesses or Charitable Trusts.

One of the principles behind YDMT was to allow the many people who love the Dales to contribute to the well-being of the area. Through our “Donate to the Dales” appeal, everyone is able to help our work. Visitors can purchase pin-badges and register as donors through 150 sales points in local businesses – sustainable tourism. Larger donors can also contribute directly to individual projects. This appeal was “launched” officially by our Patron HRH The Prince of Wales on March 22nd 2005.


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Dales Woodland Restoration

A £330k scheme to plant 150 hectares new native woodlands by 2008. Traditional species such as ash, rowan, birch, hazel and elder, shrubs, hawthorn, holly. Builds on ten years of woodland creation which has seen us fund the planting of more than 700,000 trees.


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Hay Time

A four year £520k programme aiming to restore 280ha of meadows within the Dales and North Pennines. This has started highly successfully, with 53 ha restored at 13 sites. 120 landowners have registered an interest, work has been undertaken, good publicity generated and many practical lessons learned. Besides restoring a vital part of our landscape and biodiversity, this project aims to provide new and sustainable income streams for farmers.


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Rural Trades Network

A website based scheme to put local contractors in touch with potential customers, training providers, advisors and each other.www.ruraltrades.org


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Countryside Apprenticeships

Creating opportunities for young people to remain in the area, managing the landscape, is a priority. Our scheme of training and work experience has placed 16 people with organisations such as Bolton Abbey Estate, The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and Natural England.

People and the Dales

This project is based at the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, May 2009 to October 2012. The focus is working with deprived, excluded and needy individuals from BME backgrounds, disabled groups, young and urban people living around the Yorkshire Dales who have had little or no positive experience of the countryside.