About us

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust is the only charity working to support all aspects of life in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.
We were set up as a registered charity in 1996, and our aim is to “support the well-being of this special area”.

In the early days conserving the heritage features that make up the Yorkshire Dales landscape was the core of our work. We planted trees, restored wildlife habitats, rebuilt barns, walls, village halls, historic buildings and features of all shapes and sizes.

We still do all that, but today our role is much wider. We’re now involved with many of the social, economic and environmental aspects of life in the Dales. Our work includes life-changing countryside apprenticeships, supporting local businesses and sustainable development. Social exclusion, education, health and well-being and connecting with nearby urban community groups have also become a real focus, with some inspiring and pioneering work.

Read all about our work here...

To date the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust has helped to deliver over 1,900 projects worth around £27 million in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas.

Our Values

In 2014 we reviewed our Organisational Mission and Values, which have been a key part of the YDMT Strategic Plans for the last 10 years. 

The ‘YDMT Values’ 

  • Sustainability: We strive to work for environment, community and economy
  • Creative and ambitious: We innovate in order to succeed
  • Integrity: We are open, clear and fair in everything we do 
  • Value people: We develop, respect and listen to our staff, partners, beneficiaries and supporters
  • Embracing change: We thrive on new challenges 
  • Diversity: We welcome and respect all

Investors in People

YDMT is proud to have been working with Investors in People since 2005 and we were most recently awarded the Investors in People (IiP) Standard in November 2015. We're proud to demonstrate our commitment to realising the potential of our people and our organisation, and will continue to develop with assessment and support from IiP.

Investors in People