Project applicant: Clapham cum Newby Parish Council
Clapham cum Newby Parish Council are working towards the restoration of water supply to the ornamental drinking fountain located at the junction of Riverside and Main Street, Clapham. The fountain was built to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, 1897. The parish council took over management of the structure from Ingleborough estate in 1970 and this historical feature has not had a water supply for over 10 years.
Project applicant: Craven Development Education Centre
Using Philosophy for Children (P4C) techniques participants will learn more about connecting, celebrating, caring and valuing the environment around them. P4C is a proven methodology that encourages deep thinking and reflection about the world around us. Sharing stories about landscape will encourage everyone involved to value and protect the environment for future generations. Teachers and community members will receive training and outdoor support in P4C, ensuring sustainability of both the environment and practice outside of the project.
Project applicant: Applied Ecology Trust
This project will continue refurbishment of what was the UKs most successful captive breeding facility for White-clawed Crayfish, a species predicted to face global near-extinction. This facility was established by the Environment Agency in 2000, but was abandoned in 2017. Under license from Natural England a large number of juvenile White-clawed Crayfish will be reared for re-introduction to Newhouses Tarn, Horton-in-Ribblesdale. The hatchery, located at Stainforth, will be used for some educational and public awareness events. Further project funding has been granted for more work to take place during 2019.
Project applicant: Ingleborough Estate
Red squirrels are an endangered native UK species. Sights of red squirrels had already been confirmed on the Ingleborough Estate. This project aims to enhance the estate habitat to encourage red squirrels to the area. This will include control of the non-native Grey Squirrel population and improvement of the woodland habitat to favour the Red Squirrel. Camera traps will also be installed to establish numbers and keep track of movement around the estate.
Project applicant: Mr M & Mrs R Wilson
This project aims to improve the facilities available at a local upland hill farm to allow public access. These site improvements will allow visitors to increase education and encouragement an understanding of rural economy, heritage and conservation. As well as facility improvements, the project will include two events a year based around significant events such as lambing and shearing, with reference to the impact of farming on the natural and cultural development of the scheme area.
Project lead: Dr David Johnson
On the limestone pavements which surround Ingleborough there are discrete areas where slabs of pavement have been riven off and set vertically in grikes. In some instances, the slabs occur in isolation or in scattered groups; in others they were clearly set out in an organised manner. This project aims to identify which tracts of limestone pavement have such standing slabs and which do not, undertake a detailed survey of areas with standing slabs using a range of survey techniques, identify patterns and arrangements of standing slabs and to attempt explanations of roughly when the various stone slabs were set.
Project lead: Melanie Jane Edgar
Mammals are an essential component of most terrestrial ecosystems. However, there is insufficient data available on Ingleborough NNR to be able to assess their conservation needs. This project aims to act as the first stage in developing a long term monitoring programme for mammals on the reserve including the survey of bats, small mammals (mice, voles and shrews) and larger mammals using camera traps. A report will be written to conclude the projects findings.
Project applicant: Rachel Benson (Settle Folk Gathering)
This project originally ran as an interpretation project (D120). A heritage grant has been awarded to continue support for the gathering.
Settle Folk Gathering aims to promote traditional folk music, song and dance through a free annual event for the local community and visitors. The gathering will take place the first weekend of September and will include, workshops, concerts, traditional dance displays, inclusive events, open mic sessions, singarounds and a ceilidh. Settle Victoria Hall, The Folly and The Quaker Meeting House will be valuable historic and cultural venues.
Projects applicant: North Craven Heritage Trust
This project has produced and published an illustrated book, the first of its kind in the Yorkshire Dales, looking at buildings or sites that at one time served the public as inns, alehouses or public houses but are no longer licensed. The book will contain about 100 or so photographs of such buildings/sites. It will also have a chapter outlining how ‘hostelries’ have been affected by and reacted to legislation, as relevant to the Dales. The book will be aimed at a general readership. A gazetteer of known sites, including many that will not feature in the book, will be produced online.
Project applicant: Cave Rescue Organisation
This project will enable the Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) to pursue its less well-known charitable objective; that of ‘safety education’, to the benefit of visitors to Ingleborough and the wider area. The publication of a leaflet with, on one side the outline of ‘Crow’ (a cartoon character named as a play on the team’s initials) for colouring in and on the other a series of small safety cartoons, to encourage children to discuss safety issues with parents or teachers. These graphics, plus further games and quizzes, would be added as part of the CRO web-site, which is currently being re-designed.
Project applicant: Settle Town Council
This project will reveal the rocky limestone of Castlebergh Crag in all its glory. The crag is a historical site within the backdrop of the Ingleborough landscape. The Castebergh crag masterplan will enable more people to gain access and understand its significance.
Castlebergh Crag is the largest piece of limestone outcrop in this area and was originally a recreational area for the townsfolk. Clearing the non-native woodland which is hiding the Crag and using waymarking and Interpretation panels will increase its use, help people understand the geology and create access to this historic monument.
Project applicant: Yorkshire Dales Guides
The aim of this media is to showcase and raise awareness of the magnificence and importance of the Ingleborough Dale’s Caves for the purposes of encouraging appropriate engagement and conservation of these environments. This will be demonstrated through freely accessible, professionally made videos and interviews. This has not been done before due to the difficulties in accessing, capturing and producing video media of caves.
Project applicant: St John the Evangelist Church
This project will restore the stained glass windows of St John the Evangelist Church in Langcliffe. This is a heritage project that will benefit residents, visitors, tourists and future generations. The church is a focal point in the village and is open every day with many visitors. Responsibility and cost of maintaining the building rests with the small congregation so the Stories in Stone grant award has provided a significant contribution in supporting this.
Project applicant: St Alkelda’s Church
This project will highlight the wealth of wildlife in St Alkelda’s churchyard, Giggleswick, including wild flowers, grasses, mosses, lichens, ferns, trees, birds, insects, reptiles and mammals. The detailed artwork and scientific text will be of educational value and enjoyment for visitors to the churchyard (school children, local residents and tourists). It is hoped that highlighting the churchyard in an illustrated book will encourage people to visit this beautiful and tranquil space at the heart of Giggleswick village.
Project applicant: Ingleborough Cave
This project will provide picnic tables with wheelchair access for our visitors, including many educational groups. As the only wheelchair accessible show cave in the U.K, a large number of disabled visitors visit the cave.
Project applicant: Victoria Benn
This project will research the sporting heritage of the Ingleborough area focusing on the community sports and fell races that haven’t been researched to date and so remain largely undocumented, as a means of further enriching the area’s documented history and its current sporting and fell racing calendar of events.
Particular attention will be paid to researching and uncovering the stories of those sports that cease to exist, especially, Ingleton Sports and nearby Clapham Sports.
The oral testimonies and edited stories will be made available along with copies of any imagery and memorabilia obtained.
Project applicant: Settle Stories
Mitchell was Yorkshire’s most esteemed journalist and the editor of the Dalesman for 30+ years. He wrote over 200 books on local history. Without digitisation these tapes are inaccessible. This project will digitise 15 tapes from the W.R.M Archive relating to the Ingleborough Dales area and undertake research to create 10 podcasts and an audio exhibition. This will make these oral histories of the Ingleborough Dales area accessible to the public for the first time. These podcasts will shed new light on the social & cultural history of the Ingleborough area though new research and interviews.
Project applicant: Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
This project will repair the shelter on the summit of Ingleborough and replace the bronze toposcope plaque built within the structure of the shelter. The summit shelter and toposcope were installed by Ingleton Fell Rescue to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1955. The overall structure and the seating stones are in need of repair.
Repairs will involve dismantling the shelter, replacing the seats with new stone flags and repairing the wall ends. As part of the project the existing toposcope will be removed and used as a template to create a new toposcope. The wording around the toposcope will be changed, in consultation with landowners and stakeholders.
The interpretation panels in Oxenber and Warfe Woods are now reaching the end of their life and need replacing, this presents us with the opportunity to update the content and style of the information on the panels. The woods are designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and in spring host a glorious tapestry of bluebells and other woodland flowers. It is a well visited site and new interpretation panels will give visitors confidence to use the access paths to navigate the site without causing damage, as well as enabling them to find out more about the wildlife and flora of native woodland in this area of the Dales.