Festival With Flower Power

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Date of issue: 23 February 2017

An annual celebration of wildflowers and nature in the Yorkshire Dales will soon be underway, as the Flowers of the Dales Festival returns for its ninth year.

The Festival kicks off on 1 March and runs until the end of October, bringing together more than 120 events led by passionate experts and enthusiasts in and around the Yorkshire Dales.

Coordinated by local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT), and sponsored by Parkfoot Holiday & Park Homes, the Festival showcases some of the region’s nationally and internationally important habitats which support many native species of wildflowers, insects, birds and mammals.

There really is something for everyone to enjoy in this year’s Festival, with events ranging from guided walks and bumblebee talks, to family-friendly nature trails and bug hunts, to identification courses, hands-on conservation activities, arts and crafts.

YDMT’s Flowers of the Dales Project Officer, Leah Cardus, said: “We are very lucky to have such a rich and vibrant landscape on our doorstep, home to an array of native species. Through the Festival we aim to provide opportunities for people of all ages to explore the Yorkshire Dales and discover this for themselves. More than 33,000 people have taken part since the first Festival in 2009, and I hope many more will be inspired to get involved this year.”

YDMT would like to pay special tribute to Mrs D Jones, Ms A Green, Mr R Jenkinson, Mr P V Mitford and Miss M Gorman whose generous legacy gifts have supported the 2017 Festival, together with generous support from the Linden Charitable Trust and players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery said: “Our players have raised £1,226,332 for Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust to date, enabling the team to deliver many varied projects, including the annual Flowers of the Dales Festival. The huge range of events provide opportunities for people of all ages to explore the natural environment, be inspired to visit the countryside and perhaps learn something new.”

The free Flowers of the Dales Festival programme can be downloaded here. Or to receive a printed copy of the programme please send an A5 stamped and self-addressed envelope to: Flowers of the Dales, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, Main Street, Clapham, Via Lancaster, LA2 8DP. Copies will also be available from National Park centres and other outlets across the Dales over the coming weeks and months.

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