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Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust celebrating 20 years

20th Anniversary Award winners. Photo courtesy of Steve Finch.

[I]n 1997 Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) began delivering a range of charitable projects to support the landscape, environment, communities and economy of the Yorkshire Dales.

This year, to mark the 20th Anniversary milestone, the charity has given 20 awards to recognise the important contribution of some of the groups, organisations and individuals whose work helps to sustain and celebrate the Yorkshire Dales.

With many excellent nominations to choose from in each category, the judging panel was spoilt for choice, but after much deliberation 20 exceptional people and groups who go ‘above and beyond’ for the Yorkshire Dales were selected.

David Sharrod, YDMT Chief Executive, said: “Over the last twenty years YDMT has helped others to achieve a fantastic amount in this special corner of the world. What better way to celebrate our 20th Anniversary than by recognising this excellent work and supporting more beneficial projects in the future? You can read a little about the achievements of our inspirational winners on our website.”

Each of the winners received a personalised glass trophy, handmade by the Stonegate Glass Studio in Ingleton, and a cash award to help the winners to continue their outstanding contribution towards supporting the Yorkshire Dales and its surroundings.

In total £91,000 has been awarded to support more beneficial work in and around the Yorkshire Dales across five areas:

Conservation, Heritage and Environment – Celebrating contributions to the natural landscape, environment and wildlife, as well as the built, scenic and cultural heritage features which make up the unique fabric of the area.

Award winners: W & H Blackwell & Son (Gold award), Howesyke Farm (Silver award), Marsden Agricultural and Environmental Services (Bronze award) and Thornton Rust Kennel Field Trust (Highly Commended).

Rural enterprise and employment – Celebrating rural entrepreneurship and those actively supporting communities to maintain a vibrant, sustainable and prosperous rural economy for the benefit of future generations.

Award winners: Wheels 2 Work (Gold award) and Clapham Community Shop (Gold award).

Access and Understanding – Recognising those who promote opportunities for a wider understanding of the Dales and its communities.

Award winners: Willow Young Carers (Gold award), Newby Head Farm (Silver award), Keasden Head Farm (Bronze award) and Yorkshire Film Archive (Highly Commended).

Sustainable Communities – Honouring the triumphs of community living, these awards recognise innovation, dedication and community spirit.

Award winners: BlueBoxt Productions (Gold award), Age UK North Craven volunteer team (Silver award), Cruse Bereavement Care (Bronze award), and Craven Mental Health & Wellbeing Forum (Highly Commended).

YDMT Champions – Individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty for the benefit or appreciation of the Dales.

Award winners – Alan Watkinson (awarded posthumously), Douglas Thomson, John East, Erica Sarney, Rachel & Mike Benson and Tom Lord.

You can find out more about all the winners and their achievements at

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