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Conservation Scheme Celebrates 1st Birthday

News > Conservation Scheme Celebrates 1st Birthday

16/03/2017

Date of issue: 16 March 2017

A public event to celebrate the first year of Stories in Stone, a four-year programme of conservation and community projects in the Ingleborough area, is being held on Saturday 1 April at the Victoria Hall in Settle.

The aim of the day is for people to find out more about the scheme, what’s been done so far, what’s planned for this year, and the opportunities to get involved. There will be information stalls manned by people and organisations running Stories in Stone projects, kids activities, and short talks about several of the projects at fixed times during the day. Anyone interested can pop in any time between 10am and 3.30pm. Entry is free, there’ll be light refreshments, and at 12 noon everyone will get a slice of birthday cake.

Stories in Stone was developed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership, led by local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT), and is mainly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) thanks to National Lottery players.

Don Gamble, Scheme Manager, said: “This complex and ambitious scheme started in early 2016 and we’re very pleased with how well it’s done in its first year. The scheme is delivering a wide range of projects, including taking local schoolchildren on trips to historical sites, helping people from disadvantaged and urban backgrounds to experience the countryside, setting up apprenticeships for local young people, providing training courses, running an environmental youth group, organising community archaeology events, and recording oral histories about quarrying in the area.”

The scheme also distributes grants to groups and individuals wanting to run their own conservation projects. To date, more than £72,000 has been distributed. Grants have helped fund the rebuilding of 1438m of dry stone wall, the production of a series of self-guided walk leaflets about Ingleborough’s rich archaeology, and the restoration of Selside village green.

Mr Gamble added: “Many of the projects provide volunteering opportunities and we are delighted to say that a total of 135 individuals have helped out, giving an amazing 510 days of their time, valued at more than £34,000, and learning new skills and making new friends at the same time.”

For further information about the celebration event and the scheme go to www.storiesinstone.org.uk or contact Hannah Rose, Scheme Administrator, at hannah.rose@ydmt.org or call 015242 51002.

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