People and the DALES (Diversity Access Learning Environment Sustainability), Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s outreach project, has won the Government’s Year of Green Action Award.
The project was celebrated for ‘connecting people and place at a time when that relationship is at risk’ by the judging panel headed by the Campaign for National Parks.
Supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, more than 10,000 individuals have taken part in People and the DALES events including walks, lambing, tree planting, conservation work and training.
The award-winning scheme enables people that would not otherwise take part in such activities to experience the Yorkshire Dales and improve their health and wellbeing.
Groups come from nearby urban areas of Leeds, Bradford and North West Lancashire and include people with a disability, young people, people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, individuals from deprived locations and those with mental health difficulties.
Andrew Hall of the charity Campaign for National Parks said: “What’s so special about People and the DALES is it tackles a very real problem that can be seen across the National Parks. There is a perception that enjoying our countryside is only for certain types of people. At Campaign for National Parks we believe that everyone can truly benefit from experiencing the National Parks.
“We believe strongly that the countryside is not for the select few – that all our lives can be enriched from time spent outside. People and the DALES is a truly inspirational project.”