The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust has received £24,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project to celebrate and protect the River Ure in Wensleydale.
The river is a central part of Wensleydale, enjoyed by locals and tourists alike, but in recent years it has come under increasing pressures, including climate change, pollution and invasive species.
The ‘Ure River’ project will train local volunteers to monitor the river, gathering data that is needed to pinpoint the issues and ensure the Ure remains a healthy environment for both people and wildlife.
A programme of family events, walks, schools visits and youth groups activities will provide people of all ages with opportunities to get their feet wet and learn about the river environment.
The grant will also allow the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust to install river webcams in the dale to give early warnings of floods and road closures.
Project Officer Caitlin Pearson said “We are delighted to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and think this project will be an important step in safeguarding the future of this beautiful river.”
Explaining the importance of the HLF support, the head of the HLF in Yorkshire, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players this project will help to people to learn and develop skills to ensure the Ure River remains a healthy river. Its wealth of natural heritage can then be shared with the local communities and visitors to the area now and in the future.”
This project forms part of a wider environmental programme in Wensleydale coordinated by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust.