Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership Scheme

Upper Nidderdale feels a world away from busy urban centres. Its high moorland areas are guaranteed to blow away the cobwebs while the dale, with its three imposing reservoirs, provides an oasis of sheltered calm. Moor and dale provide a rich habitat for a wide diversity of plants and wildlife.

To conserve the special history, wildlife and heritage of the area, a grant of £1,213,300 has been awarded towards a major project that will provide training in heritage skills and help local people and visitors find out more about the unique landscape features of the dale.

Iain Mann, who manages the landscape partnership through his role at Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, said: “We will be working with farmers and landowners to restore hay meadows, enhance habitats for breeding birds and conserve historic sites, and we’ll be running events to give people the chance to find out more about Upper Nidderdale. The first group of trainees will soon be starting a heritage skills course and there will be many volunteering opportunities for people to get involved, from helping carry out archaeological surveys to practical conservation tasks.”

The Tour de France 2014 route passed close by on both days and Pateley Bridge (within the Upper Nidderdale scheme area) hosted a pop-up camping cycle festival over the tour weekend.

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