How has the Yorkshire Dales National Park responded to budget cuts?

Posted by Carey Davies on 16/04/2015
Looking over limestone pavement towards Ingleborough

The Yorkshire Dales National Park has seen its budget cut by 40% cut in real terms. Come and hear about what this could mean for outdoor enthusiasts and more at the upcoming BMC Yorkshire Area Meeting on April 20.

Other national parks have faced similar cutbacks, and have responded to these straitened financial times by adopting new fundraising methods, scrapping schemes and selling off land.

How is this impacting on the Yorkshire Dales?  Come and hear more in the upcoming BMC Yorkshire Area Meeting on April 20.

Kathryn Beardmore, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Director of Park Services, will discuss and answer questions on the current issues facing the Yorkshire Dales National Park at the meeting next Monday. This will include how her organisation has responded to cuts in its budget – and how it hopes to finance its work in the future. 

BMC CEO Dave Turnbull and BMC hill walking officer Carey Davies will also make a presentation on the BMC’s work to become ‘The Natural Home for Hill Walkers – its progress so far and our plans for the future. Questions and comments are welcome, so come along and quiz the BMC boss.

Kathryn Beardmore will also give an update on current access initiatives, including how the authority has used a mixture of engineering and innovation to respond to the continuing popularity of the Yorkshire Three Peaks. How can we help a landscape withstand so many thousands of visitors a year?

And in a rare instance of Yosemite culture finding its way to Yorkshire, there have been recent cases of people using Malham Cove as a prop for daredevil slacklining. Kathryn is also keen to hear people’s thoughts and opinions on this activity – what do you think? 

Cotswold Outdoor will also have a display of the latest hill walking gear and staff will be there to answer any questions.

All are welcome to what promises to be a lively and interesting meeting.

It will be held in the Garden Room at The Wheatley Arms in Ben Rhydding on Monday 20 April 2015, starting at 7.30pm. Full details are on the BMC Community Site.



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