Country News - 2002
Tuesday 31 December 2002
THE CHAIRMAN of the Countryside Agency, Ewen Cameron, has been granted a knighthood in the New Year’s honours list, it was announced today.
Monday 23 December 2002
IN a remarkable act of Christmas charity, animal-lovers have raised £50,000 to save 5,000 hedgehogs condemned to death on the Scottish island of Uist - but it is still not enough.
Thursday 19 December 2002
ANY future outbreaks of foot and mouth disease or other animal health epidemics may be fought by a European "hit-squad" controlled from Brussels rather than Whitehall.
Wednesday 18 December 2002
THE European Commission in Brussels is today expected to issue a new directive laying down rules for the fighting of any future outbreaks of foot and mouth disease - and it will include vaccination as part of the campaign.
Tuesday 17 December 2002
THE Government's much-heralded blueprint for the future of farming and food production in the UK has met with a mixed reception from the two leading farming bodies.
Monday 16 December 2002
IT IS time to fill those bird feeders - or, if you haven't already got one, buy one for Christmas - because many British birds had a bumper breeding season this year and there are many extra mouths to feed.
Thursday 12 December 2002
THE Council for the Protection of Rural England has launched a devastating attack on the major motorway-building schemer announced earlier in the week by Transport Secretary Alistair Darling.
Wednesday 11 December 2002
A new pocket-sized walking guide is enabling people to discover the beautiful wild flowers and countryside of the Yorkshrie Dales.
Wednesday 11 December 2002
THE Country Landowners and Business Association has stepped up its long-running campaign for better IT broadband coverage of rural areas by appointing its own ITC "watch-dog."
Tuesday 10 December 2002
THE Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority today welcomed the Government's decision to increase its core grant by almost 10%, the largest increase of all the English national parks, as "exceptional news" for the area.
Thursday 05 December 2002
LANDOWNERS and farmers in the Yorkshire Dales National Park are being offered free legal advice on how to seek amendments for the draft "right to roam" maps to be published next week.
Wednesday 04 December 2002
A new online shopping service for backpacking, mountaineering, caving, hiking and trekking equipment has been launched by Cave & Crag, a North Yorkshire based outdoor pursuits specialist.
Tuesday 03 December 2002
PLANS by the Department of Trade and Industry to target almost half a billion pounds over three years to keep rural post offices in business received a warm welcome today - with one cautious proviso.
Monday 02 December 2002
MIGRATING British birds are dying in the huge oil slick washing ashore on the northern coast of Spain, the British Trust for Ornithology revealed today.
Wednesday 27 November 2002
PEOPLE who rent out holiday accommodation in the Yorkshire Dales National Park are to face tighter inspection rules, the national park authority (NPA) has decided.
Tuesday 26 November 2002
BRITAIN'S farmers have received an overwhelming vote of support from the general public, according to figures from an independent opinion poll published yesterday.
Monday 25 November 2002
EXTREME pressure from Government and other bodies is showing signs of causing a U-turn by British Telecom on its decision to limit broadband Internet services to mainly urban areas.
Friday 22 November 2002
A special bus service will again be running from West Yorkshire to the Grassington Dickensian Festival.
Thursday 21 November 2002
WILDLIFE lovers throughout the UK are being asked to join a mass lobby designed to save from death thousands of hedgehogs on the Scottish island of Uist.
Wednesday 20 November 2002
THE BRITISH Christmas turkey dinner is under threat from rising imports and red tape, according to the National Farmers' Union.
Tuesday 19 November 2002
AS PART of the on-going consultation process about development in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, residents of Garsdale are being invited to an open day and evening next week to present their own vision of the future.
Tuesday 19 November 2002
Living & Working in Settle is an all-day exhibition to be held at Victoria Hall on December 7th.
Monday 18 November 2002
ANOTHER huge exodus of farmers from the agricultural industry - the worst since World War II - is threatening the very fabric of rural life, the National Farmers' Union claimed over the weekend.
Friday 15 November 2002
This is being held at 7pm on Wednesday 20th November, at the Dalesbridge Centre. We hope that everyone who has expressed an interest in this new future for rural businesses will be able to attend!
Thursday 14 November 2002
A CONTROVERSIAL new development which could have forced Threshfield children to walk to school along a busy main road may be shelved, following the intervention of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.
Wednesday 13 November 2002
SECOND HOME owners should be forced to pay full council taxes - and the extra money raised used to build affordable homes for rural couples.
Tuesday 12 November 2002
PROVISIONAL maps outlining new areas accessible to ramblers in the North West and large areas of the Yorkshire Dales will be published by the Government's Countryside Agency next Monday (November 18).
Thursday 07 November 2002
FOLLOWING a promise from Chancellor of the Exchequer to provide funds for the foundation of new businesses in "disadvantaged" urban areas, countryside leaders have responded by pointing out that rural areas can be disadvantaged too.
Wednesday 06 November 2002
TEN WEEKS after a pioneering wood-burning power station was closed down in Yorkshire, the NFU is pressing the Government to support more "green fuel" plants - this time, to power cars and other vehicles- to help provide 10,000 desperately needed rural jobs.
Tuesday 05 November 2002
THE unique limestone country of the Yorkshire Dales sees the launch of a new campaign today that will take it into the future - by going back into the past.
Monday 04 November 2002
ONE of the most important farming experiments ever launched in the Yorkshire Dales will be announced tomorrow and could herald the return of traditional hardy breeds of cattle to upland pastures.
Friday 01 November 2002
The Christmas team of Settle & District Chamber of Trade is currently hard at work preparing for a busy festive season.
Friday 01 November 2002
In between rehearsing for their famed annual Christmas Dickensian festival production, members of Grassington Players are also busy this autumn putting together plans for next year's 80th anniversary celebrations.
Thursday 31 October 2002
THOUSANDS of British animals will die this weekend - burned alive in Guy Fawkes Night bonfires.
Wednesday 30 October 2002
THE long simmering tension between British Telecom and rural business leaders campaigning for better Internet service in rural areas has burst into an angry row with allegations that the telephone company never had any intention of widening its IT broadband network.
Tuesday 29 October 2002
THIS is one of the quietest times of year for small rural businesses - the lull between half term and Christmas when visitors stay away in droves - and it is also British Food Fortnight.
Friday 25 October 2002
THE Yorkshire Dales National Park has £125,000 to give away to people or voluntary groups with good ideas for schemes to promote sustainable development.
Friday 25 October 2002
FARMERS have issued a warm welcome to the Government's decision to hire more vets for the State Veterinary Service (SVS) as another move to prevent future crises like last year's foot and mouth disaster.
Tuesday 22 October 2002
AS winter arrives with a bang, the Yorkshire Dales Museum at Hawes has announced its early winter programme to offer visitors unusual views of the national park - whilst warm and dry indoors.
Monday 21 October 2002
THE Council for the Protection of Rural England has today issued a pre-emptive strike against the Government to prevent huge swathes of the countryside being buried under urban sprawl.
Thursday 17 October 2002
THE Countryside Agency has issued a new booklet designed to help solve the transport problems of people in rural communities who do not have access to a car - and there are grants available to local communities wishing to tackle the issue.
Wednesday 16 October 2002
THESE PAGES have been short-listed for one of the most prestigious professional prizes in the UK - the World Wildlife Fund's British Edelman Award for the best environmental website.
Wednesday 16 October 2002
The peaceful village of Rathmell, on the Yorkshire/Lancashire border, might seem an unlikely location to find a company at the forefront of business support provision in the 21st century.
Tuesday 15 October 2002
GOVERNMENT plans to provide a massive £450 million to keep rural post offices open have received an enthusiastic welcome from the Yorkshire branch of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).
Monday 14 October 2002
TWO small but important projects in the Yorkshire Dales National Park have been officially completed - and have gained widespread praise.
Thursday 10 October 2002
TWO of Britain's leading wildlife research organisations have joined forces for the first time to monitor the nation's wild mammal population - and they are appealing for volunteers to help the work.
Tuesday 08 October 2002
BRITISH garden birds have been given a big boost by the ever-growing use of bird feeders by gardeners, according to figures just published by the highly respected British Trust For Ornithology (BT0).
Thursday 03 October 2002
ALTHOUGH the French Government has finally lifted its illegal ban on British beef, the National Farmers' Union is demanding that the country be punished for "years of evasion and prevarication."
Tuesday 01 October 2002
AS THE Indian summer lingers over the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the park authority has decided that the show must go on - late into autumn.
Monday 30 September 2002
THE Labour Party conference at Blackpool, where tempers are already running high over private/public partnerships and the possibility of war against Iraq, is to be interrupted this week - by a broiler chicken!
Thursday 26 September 2002
TWO restored buildings in the Yorkshire Dales, one of them the estate office at Bolton Abbey, have won major architectural awards for the way they blend in with the landscape.
Wednesday 25 September 2002
IN THE aftermath of the great London march, the Government's Countryside Agency IS asking country people to become more involved in the way their communities are run - so that they can discover some of the benefits available.
Monday 23 September 2002
OUR countryside commentator John Sheard celebrates the success of the great London march - but wonders what effect it will have.
Friday 20 September 2002
PLANNING in the Yorkshire Dales National Park has long been a matter of controversy, with architects and builders often complaining that they do not understand what is required in their building designs for them to achieve planning permission.
Thursday 19 September 2002
IN AN effort to attract more cyclists to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, local businesses like pubs, cafes and tourist attractions are being offered cycle parking stands - for free.
Wednesday 18 September 2002
THE Country Alliance today apologised to Britain's fire fighters after their chain of fiery beacons the length and breadth of the country last night caused hundreds of people to dial 999.
Monday 16 September 2002
YORKSHIRE'S sky will be alight tonight as a fiery start to week of countryside protests which will culminate in the massive Liberty and Livelihood March on London on Sunday.
Thursday 12 September 2002
A GLIMMER of hope for dairy farmers being driven out of business by low milk prices has emerged from a series of talks this week between supermarket bosses and a team from the NFU.
Wednesday 11 September 2002
A HELICOPTER is at work over Ingleborough this week, helping rescue three quarters of a mile of the famous Three Peaks walk - by replacing wood with stone.
Tuesday 10 September
THE FULL extent of the Great British food rip-off is revealed for the first time today and it is likely to cause widespread anger - for wholesalers and supermarket chains take three quarters of every penny spent.
Monday 9 September
YORKSHIRE farmer Ben Gill, president of the NFU, today launched the union's massive national fight back for fair food prices - by donning an apron and setting out a farmers' market stall in central London.
Thursday 5 September
Rural business owners, farmers and landowners are being asked to collect evidence on the one affliction that no-one in the countryside has yet to cure - the mountain of red tape which threatens to bury them every working day.
Wednesday 4 September
WORK has started to repair one of the Yorkshire Dales' most famous landmarks, the suspension bridge over the River Swale at Reeth, which was swept away in a massive flood two years.
Tuesday 3 September
MAPMAKERS working on "right to roam" maps in the Yorkshire Dales are at the centre of an embarrassing row - because they have been accused of getting lost!
Monday 2 September
Farmers are to embark on an intense awareness campaign across the country showing ordinary people why they count on farming and what they risk losing if it is allowed to disappear.
Thursday 29 August
SEPTEMBER has always been the second most popular month for visitors to the Yorkshire Dales National Park - and this year, the park authority has laid on a busy programme of events to keep those visitors interested and entertained.
Wednesday 28 August
SPECIAL payments made to Britain's hill farmers will be boosted by 10% next year, a welcome step in recognition of the invaluable work upland farmers play in maintaining the landscape in the Yorkshire Dales and other national parks.
Tuesday 27 August
A major row is brewing over Government plans to make huge improvements to the controversial A66 trans-Pennine road from Scotch Corner on the A1 to Cumbria.
Thursday 22 August
Organisers of rural events like village fêtes and farmers' markets can breath a sigh of relief today, thanks to a campaign against changes in the planning laws lead by the National Farmers' Union.
Wednesday 21 August
COUNTRY folk and visitors are being urged today to "eat the landscape" this Bank Holiday weekend - to support local restaurants, pubs and shops which provide locally produced foods.
Tuesday 20 August
DALES residents wanting to take part in the great countryside protest march on London next month are being asked to register now.
Monday 19 August
THE growing campaign to force BT to improve its broadband Internet coverage in rural areas won another ally at the weekend when the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC) threw its hat into the ring.
Friday 16 August
Thursday 15 August
MOVES to throw open Yorkshire Dales National Park planning policies to public debate have drawn a massive response.
Tuesday 13 August
THE Yorkshire Dales National Park today issued its first ever "state of the park" survey - which revealed much good news but also areas where improvements are needed.
Monday 12 August
MORE than 80% of shoppers say they would be willing to pay up to 5p more for their daily pinta if they knew the money was going directly to dairy farmers.
Friday 09 August
THE Yorkshire Dales Public Transport Users Group recently welcomed its 300th member.
Thursday 08 August
THE Countryside Agency has launched a brand-new website for people wanting to walk the Pennine Way.
Thursday 08 August
Take a trip down memory lane and visit the Dales Toffee Shop in Grassington.
Wednesday 07 August
Farmers starting to plough after the harvest are being urged to restore public rights of way crossing their fields - or risk prosecution and heavy fines.
Tuesday 06 August
THE Yorkshire Dales National Park has issued an invitation to Dales lovers in all walks of life to join forces so that access to open countryside can be achieved by consensus rather than confrontation.
Monday 05 August
A golden-headed killer is stalking Britain's countryside and all landowners, land managers and gardeners are being warned to wipe it out before it strikes.
Thursday 01 August
AFTER more than a decade of argument, the Yorkshire Dales National Park has at last accepted the idea of a 350-mile equine Pennine Way.
Wednesday 31 July
Walks, craft demonstrations, caving, hurdle making, blacksmithing, town trails and much more, all come together in the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority's August events programme.
Tuesday 30 July
Our rural affairs writer John Sheard discusses yesterday's much-leaked - and very thin - Government announcement on the future of organic farming.
Monday 29 July
THE GOVERNMENT will announce today a massive boost to subsidies paid to organic farmers - a move which will delight many country folk but enrage many more.
Friday 26 July
A consultation process has been launched by Yorkshire Forward to identify the regional development agency's future role in support of the region's tourism industry - and the agency is seeking the views of interested bodies on how the industry should be supported in future.
Thursday 25 July
RURAL businesses looking for faster Internet connection are being urged to register their interest as part of a campaign to force BT to extend its Openworld ADSL broadband network into the countryside.
Wednesday 24 July
A CAMPAIGN has been launched to cut the number of fatal tractor accidents on farms involving children.
Tuesday 23 July
John Sheard, our rural affairs writer, sums up the damning Anderson report into the crisis that rocked the Yorkshire Dales
Monday 22 July
THE long-awaited Anderson report into the Government's handling of last year's foot and mouth disaster will be released later today - and is widely exp-expected to contain some searing criticisms
Thursday 18 July
A NATIONAL campaign was launched today by the Landowners and Business Association (CLA) to bring broadband Internet services to the countryside - a move which British Telecom, the monopoly provider, has been very reluctant to pursue.
Wednesday 17 July
A SURVEY by the English Tourism Council has shown that British visitors to the countryside would be happy to pay more for food, accommodation and attractions provided in an environmentally "green" way.
Tuesday 16 July
THE Government's handling of last year's foot and mouth crisis will receive a severe mauling today with the issue of a report by the independent and highly respected Royal Society.
Tuesday 15 July
YESTERDAY'S public spending review by Chancellor Gordon Brown - hailed in parts of the media as the biggest giveaway for 50 years - received only a cautious welcome from organisations interested in rural affairs.
Monday 15 July
ANOTHER £1 million in grants is available to Yorkshire businesses which can prove they lost heavily during last year's foot and mouth disease.
Thursday 11 July
Our rural affairs writer John Sheard takes a sceptical look at plans announced yesterday (July 10) to reform Europe's notorious Common Agricultural Policy.
Wednesday 10 July
FARMERS have welcomed a new Government drive to stop holiday-makers bringing back to the UK foodstuffs or seeds which could bring with them disease.
Tuesday 09 July
A major new programme for towns in rural areas, combining the best of urban and rural renaissance, will be announced today by Yorkshire Forward.
Monday 08 July
Yorkshire forward to reveal plans to improve 40 country towns.
Wednesday 03 July
RANGERS in the Yorkshire Dales National Park have taken to the saddle - to learn from the horse's mouth about problems facing riders using the park's 400 miles of bridleway.
Tuesday 02 July
The first phase of a major business development package for the Settle & Three Peaks area was launched today at a meeting at Settle High School, attended by The Rt Hon Alun Michael MP.
Monday 01 July
FARMERS have welcomed the extension of a healthy eating experiment for school children, encouraging them to munch on a tomato or raw carrot during their morning breaks.
Friday 28 June
Steve Macaré, chairman of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, has been re-elected deputy chairman of the Association of National Park Authorities (ANPA).
Thursday 27 June
AS next month's crucial Government spending round approaches, six rural organisations have joined together to turn the screw in demanding more funds for countryside projects.
Wednesday 26 June
THE decades-long battle to ban battery hen farming has taken another turn with a call from the NFU for an "informed debate" on the introduction of so-called "enriched cages."
Monday 24 June
Work is likely to be underway shortly on the construction of the new Settle roundabout on the A65.
Friday 21 June
FINGERS will be crossed again this weekend after a new suspected case of foot and mouth disease was reported in a pig which had passed through Selby market.
Friday 21 June
'Unless action is taken, Settle will become a dormitory town, with a dwindling retail/commercial sector, an ageing population and as a consequence, continued rising house prices.'
Thursday 20 June
RESIDENTS of the Yorkshire Dales National Park are being invited to study draft planning proposals which, says the park authority, "could impact on everybody's lives."
Wednesday 19 June
A new feature film entitled "Calendar Girls", based on the antics of the Rylstone Womens' Institute, is due to start shooting in Yorkshire from Monday 24th June over a period of four weeks.
Wednesday 19 June
Farmers have totally lost confidence in the future - and also in the Government's commitment to them, the NFU warned today.
Tuesday 18 June
Settle Festival of Theatre is proud to present the first production of two award-winning monologues by one of Craven's most distinguished residents.
Monday 17 June
A Government initiative to provide help with transport, jobs and training for young people in the countryside has been welcomed by the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).
Friday 14 June
THE Yorkshire Dales National Park is calling for more talks with mobile phone companies over a controversial application to build a hi-tech phone mast in the centre of Hawes.
Wednesday 12 June
THE British Trust for Ornithology, which employs some of Britain's top ornithologists, is looking for amateur back up - from people who can tell the difference between a blackbird and a blue tit.
Tuesday 11 June
THE National Farmers' Union has joined the chorus of critics attacking a BBC drama production about a GM crop experiment that caused a deadly plague.
Monday 10 June
GOVERNMENT plans to hold a ground-breaking conference to discuss countryside affairs have received strong backing from an unusual source - the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).
Thursday 06 June
BRITAIN'S first "certified" farm market will be presented with its official seal of approval at Orton, Cumbria, this Saturday.
Wednesday 05 June
AS the Halifax reports the biggest ever monthly rise in UK house prices - which have now gone up 17% this year - the Countryside Agency is expressing its concern over the price surge on rural communities.
Friday 31 May
If you are looking for a enjoyable day with the family that won't hurt your pocket, visit Kilnsey Park and Trout Farm.
Thursday 23 May
THE NFU has welcomed the Government's decision to give environmental health enforcement officers the power to inspect personal baggage in an effort to clamp down on the smuggling in of food imports.
Wednesday 22 May
Rural Affairs Minister Alun Michael has taken steps to make vehicle access easier to another important country feature, common land.
Tuesday 21 May
DALES gourmets are being offered fish and chips with a difference this weekend.
Monday 20 May
HIGHLY controversial plans to set up a Yorkshire Regional Parliament are to be discussed by North Yorkshire delegates at a meeting at York racecourse on June 10.
Thursday 16 May
ONE of Britain's rarest birds of prey, the hen harrier, is alive and well and breeding in Northern England, reports English Nature with considerable delight.
Wednesday 15 May
ALTHOUGH it might take some believing, the Government is anxious to give away money to country villages which have plans for projects will help improve community life.
Tuesday 14 May
ONE of Britain's leading landowners says that rural conservation work is being seriously damaged because farm profitability is so low.
Monday 13 May
The Yorkshire branch of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is looking for the best dry stone waller in the county.
Sunday 12 May
VALUABLE offers of help were made from both new and existing supporters of the Gasp! club.
Thursday 09 May
Wharfedale RUFC has been refused permission to further develop its Threshfield ground by a Government planning inspector.
Tuesday 07 May
THE Council for the Preservation of Rural England is demanding that supermarkets should sell more much more locally produced food.
Saturday 04 May
Pictures from the British Waterways event.
Thursday 01 May
National Hedgehog Awareness Week starts this Saturday (May 5) and is an attempt to bring to the attention of the general public the dangers faced by this prickly but much loved animal.
Wednesday 01 May
THE Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes will be hosting a number of major exhibitions throughout the summer season, showcasing the wonderful and often unusual work of local artists.
Tuesday 30 April
Farmers and landowners are being urged to check their land for a pretty plant which can bring a slow, lingering death to horses, sheep and cattle.
Monday 29 April
THE two-year battle over a McDonalds ice-cream carton which kills hedgehogs continues - and animal lovers are being urged to add their weight to the campaign.
Thursday 25 April
FOLLOWING up on its success in attracting visitors back to the Yorkshire Dales over Easter, the national park has announced a packed programme of events for May.
Wednesday 24 April
If you only intend going to the theatre once this year – then make sure that "TWO" is the one thing you go to see!
Wednesday 24 April
THE Council for the Protection of Rural England is today urging the Government to change the planning laws which allow noisy events be held in rural areas almost every summer weekend.
Tuesday 23 April
A host of councils, including Craven District Council, are going to the polls on Thursday May 2nd.
Tuesday 23 April
THE search is on for long-serving gamekeepers and river bailiffs - so that their work as custodians of the countryside can be officially recognised.
Monday 22 April
Internet users who have registered a .uk domain name (web address) are being warned not to be confused by what appears to be a registration renewel invoice.
Monday 22 April
BIRDWATCHERS are being asked this week to keep a special eye open for the whitethroat.
Friday 19 April
THE parts of two of the Rystone Calendar girls in their forth coming feature film have been announced.
Friday 19 April
THE Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority's Dales Volunteers will be in action this Saturday (20 April) reinstating a number of steps on the bridleway between Grassington Bridge and Wood lane.
Thursday 18 April
YESTERDAY'S Budget was a failed opportunity for farmers and the rural community, according to a statement issued by NFU President Ben Gill.
Wednesday 17 April
THE Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has heralded its 'Tracks in Time' festival, which came to a close last week, as a huge success having drawn in thousands of early season visitors.
Tuesday 16 April
THE Government's much lauded promise to take rural concerns into account when making major policy decisions has been followed by "particularly disappointing" results, says the Country Landowners and Business Association.
Monday 15 April
THE row over plans to close ten YHA hostels throughout the country - two of them in the Yorkshire Dales National Park - hotted up over the weekend when the Ramblers' Association expressed its "deep regret" over the closures.
Thursday 11 April
THE Yorkshire Dales National Park has changed its mind - with great reluctance - about the siting of two mobile phone masts on St Margaret's Church in Hawes.
Wednesday 10 April
Got a bright business idea - but don't know how to develop it? If so, you should visit Harrogate this coming weekend to get expert advice on how to become an entrepreneur - absolutely free.
Tuesday 09 April
NFU President Ben Gill told the EU investigation into foot and mouth disease yesterday that co-ordinated global scanning is needed to provide an "early disease warning system".
Tuesday 09 April
The County Landowners and Business Association has issued a warning to members to start taking immediate steps to combat climate change.
Friday 05 April
An official guide to Ingleton, Bentham and Clapham has just been published.
Wednesday 03 April
THE National Farmers' Union, which has campaigned unsuccessfully for a full public enquiry into last year's foot and mouth outbreak, is to take its case to the European Union.
Tuesday 02 April
THE Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise are to continue to give support to businesses and individuals affected by the foot and mouth disease.
Thursday 28 March
THE Yorkshire Dales National Park is asking to meet officials of the Youth Hostels Association to protest over plans to close two youth hostels in the Dales.
Wednesday 27 March
BIRD-LOVERS are being urged this week to be on the lookout for one of Britain's favourite - and most threatened - summer visitors, the sand martin.
Tuesday 26 March
Things are looking very positive once again at Airborne Adventures. A new website, a new brochure, two new balloons and the start of a new season.
Tuesday 26 March
THE Prime Minister was today hosting a "working seminar" at 10, Downing Street, to discuss proposals for the future of the British countryside and farming.
Monday 25 March
THE Yorkshire Dales Countryside Museum at Hawes has scrapped childrens' entrance fees at part of a campaign to entice more visitors to the Dales this Easter.
Monday 25 March
Visitors to Settle's new website will have the chance of winning a brand new AMD 900 multi-media PC, with a 20 gigabyte hard drive and a 15 inch monitor.
Thursday 21 March
The Country Land and Business Association's campaign to "post a card, save a post office" has welcomed the announcement by Consignia to extend the deadline to Friday 12 April.
Wednesday 20 March
The House of Lords threw foxhunting a lifeline last night be voting for the so-called "middle way" which would allows the sport to continue in a limited, tightly regulated form.
Tues 19 March
DESPITE a huge vote to ban all hunting with dogs in the House of Commons last night, commentators were today suggesting that a compromise may still be on the cards to save fox hunting under new, tight regulations.
Tues 19 March
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is to suggest to the Government that much of the park should escape controls on the use of nitrate fertilisers.
Mon 18 March
THE National Farmers' Union is to radically alter its constitution next month in a move seen as an answer to growing internal criticism from its own members.
Thurs 14 March
NFU President Ben Gill today denied the union was facing a massive split - or even total disintegration - in the aftermath of the foot and mouth crisis.
Wed 13 March
A national opinion poll has found that nearly two thirds of people across the country believe that the Government could do more to help rural communities recover after the foot and mouth outbreak.
Tues 12 March
YET another head-on clash between farmers and the Government loomed today over the use - or over-use - of nitrate fertilisers and a European Union directive tended to curb it.
Mon 11 March
The first swallow to arrive in the UK from South Africa has been spotted on the Kent coast.
Fri 08 March
An invaluable source of information about the Settle area.
Wed 06 March
BOGUS "consultants" are believed to be cashing in on the after effects of foot and mouth.
Wed 06 March
AN appeal has gone out to Yorkshire farmers and landowners to save the water vole.
Mon 04 March
FOUR major conservation bodies today joined forces to fight Government proposals to make fundamental changes to the planning system.
Thurs 26 February
Britain's first ever Internet bird watching census starts on Friday (March 1) and Daelnet readers are being asked to be on the lookout for wheatears.
Thurs 21 February
RESIDENTS of villages in Lower Malhamdale are being invited to informal meetings with National Park planners to explain how they would like to see their communities develop in future.
Tues 19 February
Today (Tuesday, February 19) marks the anniversary of the first confirmed case of foot and mouth disease in the UK of last year's crisis.
Thurs 14 February
THE DALES Recovery Appeal, which has raised more than £1 million for financial victims of last year's foot and mouth epidemic, is seeking final applications for help having already allocated almost £700,000.
Wed 13 February
FIVE local authorities covering the Yorkshire Dales are to host a series of public meetings to give local residents, farmers and businesses the chance to have their say on the lessons that need to be learnt from last year's foot and mouth crisis.
Mon 11 February
BIRD-LOVERS with Internet access are today invited to take part in Britain's first-ever www migration survey.
Thurs 07 February
THE Council for the Protection of Rural England today issued a rallying cry to raise support amongst people opposed to the Government's proposed new planning legislation.
Thurs 07 February
FOR the first time since last year's foot and mouth outbreak, a helicopter is back in operation in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Wed 06 February
THE Government's aim to revitalise the rural economy will be dead on its feet if plans to privatise the postal service results in a poorer service in rural areas.
Tue 05 February
AS PART of its campaign to bring visitors back to the countryside, the Yorkshire Dales National Park is staging an exhibition celebrating the history of travel in the Dales.
Tue 05 February
THE long-running controversy over genetically modified foods (GM) took a sinister new turn today with a warning from the Government's own advisers on nature concerns.
Thu 31 January
THE Yorkshire Dales National Park is taking an experimental step to solve one of the area's bitterest confrontations over the use of so-called "green lanes."
Wed 30 January
THE final publication of a Government commission's long awaited report into the future of British farming was greeted today with a mixture of fury from the farmers and favour from various conservation bodies.
Wed 23 January
The small village of Kettlewell has recently launched their own web site called www.kettlewell.info all thanks to thousands of donations from generous hearted people.
Thurs 10 January
THE Yorkshire Dales National Park has given the go ahead for a new community and visitor centre in the tourist honeypot village of Kettlewell - and work will start almost immediately.
Tues 08 January
A David and Goliath battle has broken out in the countryside between hedgehog lovers and McDonalds, the global burger chain.
Fri 04 January
AS the Government ponders its future policies towards agriculture, a leading official today issued a stark warning to farmers that they may be facing their last chance to maintain the support of the general public.
Thurs 03 January
ONE OF this year's major countryside controversies - Government plans for a major shake-up in the way planning permissions are granted - came to the battlefield yesterday.
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