Volunteers are critical to the success of the Heritage Lottery funded Westmorland Dales Hidden Landscape Partnership scheme.  Although the scheme is only in its development stage there are plenty of opportunities for people to volunteer, particularly with the projects focussing on the area’s archaeology and built heritage. 

Volunteer training days have already been held in undertaking archaeological surveys near Raisbeck, surveying and recording Traditional Farm Buildings in Ravenstonedale and exploring small-scale landscape features in Maulds Meaburn. And another day is planned on Dry Stone Walls in Great Asby later in October. 

But it’s not just about training, it’s about given people a chance to get out and put those new skills into practice.  So working closely with the Yorkshire Dales National Park we will have a regular day each month for heritage volunteers, normally on the second Thursday of the month. 

Contact David or Nicola at [email protected] if you’re interested.  You’ll start to see the landscape with new eyes. And when the scheme gets to the delivery phase in 2019 there should be plenty of opportunities for people to get involved with practical conservation work too.