search
Barnsley
Batley
Bedale
Beverley
Bingley
Bradford
Bridlington
Brighouse
Castleford
Catterick Garrison
Cleckheaton
Cottingham
Darlington
Dewsbury
Doncaster
Driffield
Elland
Filey
Goole
Guisborough
Halifax
Harrogate
Hawes
Hebden Bridge
Heckmondwike
Hessle
Holmfirth
Huddersfield
Hull
Ilkley
Keighley
Knaresborough
Knottingley
Leeds
Leyburn
Liversedge
Malton
Mexborough
Middlesborough
Mirfield
Morley
Normanton
Northallerton
Ossett
Otley
Pickering
Pontetfract
Pudsey
Redcar
Richmond
Ripon
Rotherham
Saltburn-by-the-Sea
Scarborough
Selby
Settle
Sheffield
Shipley
Skipton
Sowerby Bridge
Stockton-on-Tees
Tadcaster
Thirsk
Todmorden
Wakefield
Wetherby
Whitby
Yarm
York
Go Green This Valentine’s Day
Wensleydale hay meadows by Tanya St. Pierre
Local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) is urging all romantics to think twice before giving their loved one a bunch of imported cut flowers this Valentine’s Day.

Instead the Trust suggests giving a ‘Living Bouquet’ from YDMT – a gift with an environmentally-friendly heart that will help to protect and restore the beautiful living wildflower hay meadows found locally in the Yorkshire Dales and Forest of Bowland.

Traditionally managed wildflower hay meadows are an iconic part of our countryside, but sadly 97% have been lost in the last seventy years making them one of the UK’s most threatened habitats, and putting hundreds of species of native wildflowers and plants, bees, birds and other wildlife at risk.

Melancholy Thistle near Pen-y-ghent by David Sharrod
Since 2006 YDMT has been working closely with farmers and partners to protect, restore and enhance the botanical diversity of more than 700 hectares of degraded hay meadows so far. This represents significant progress, but more still needs to be done to safeguard these iconic landscape features for future generations.

Tanya St. Pierre, YDMT’s Hay Time Project Officer, said:
“For a beautiful floral gift that won’t wilt in a vase, give a Living Bouquet from YDMT and enjoy flowers for a lifetime by helping us to save our precious wildflower meadows.

"These vibrant habitats are teaming with up to 120 species of wildflowers and grasses per field, and are home to many rare species of wildlife; plants like the Globeflower and endangered animals like the Brown Hare. They also provide a vital habitat for bumblebees and other important pollinators.”

You can support this important work by giving a Living Bouquet. Give £25 and YDMT will dedicate a piece of beautiful living hay meadow on your behalf. You will receive a pretty commemorative gift pack, including a personalised certificate and card, a meadow walk guide, and a pack of wildflower seeds sourced sustainably in northern England.

Call 015242 51002 or visit www.ydmt.org/wildflower-gifts

Go Green This Valentine’s Day, 10th February 2018, 9:00 AM