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The Parish of
Swaledale with  Arkengarthdale
“People must feel that the natural world is important and valuable and beautiful and wonderful and an amazement and a pleasure”
David Attenborough

“The fate of animals is indissolubly connected with the fate of man”
Emile Zola

“The love of all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man”
Charles Darwin

“A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given  by his father, but borrowed from his children”
John James Audubon

“If we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold or silver”
Martin Luther

“It is not enough to understand the natural world; the point is to defend and preserve it”
Edward Abbey

“What is the good of having a nice house without a decent planet to put it on?”
David Henry Thoreau

“Our task must be to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty”
Albert Einstein
“In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous”

“The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them but to be indifferent towards them”
George Bernard Shaw

“All over the world the wildlife I write about is being exterminated by what we call the progress of civilisation”
Gerald Durrell

“If you have a man who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men”
St. Francis of Assisi

“Conservation is a state of harmony between man and the land”
Aldo Leopold

“When I hear of the destruction of a species, I feel as if the works of a great writer have perished”
Theodore Roosevelt

“Each species is a masterpiece; a creation assembled with extreme care and genius”
Edward Wilson
The Grinton Conservation Project has been running since 2012, and a wide range of local people have been involved with different areas of work.


Update at the end of 2016


BATS - Brigitte from the North Yorkshire Bat Group did a monthly Bat recording session in 2015 to understand more about the habits of the bats roosting and feeding close to the church. This will continue into 2017, and we are also investigating other possible roost sites close to the church building.


BEES - We had three beehives in the churchyard this year, and were able to harvest a quantity of honey – which always sells well.


BIRDS – We are working with the Yorkshire Dales National Park ‘Young Rangers’ Project Officer, to work on identifying and logging the birds and encouraging them by creating and maintaining habitats in the churchyard. The Forest Church group made ‘eco-friendly’ bird feeders for the winter, which were hung around the churchyard.


TREES – The planned pruning and removal work on the trees in the churchyard should happen in the early part of 2017.


WILDFLOWERS – We have designated two areas where we will aim to create good conditions for wildflowers (one for Spring, the other for early Summer species).  The YDNPA Wildlife Officer has provided advice to help with these plans.  Marjorie, a group member, has continued to record details of the flowers seen each month, so we can compare year to year changes.


BALANCING BIODIVERSITY AND ACCESS - we've agreed areas to leave “wild”, plus some wildlife corridors in sections not needed for grave access.  We will prioritise work to help the front section of the churchyard look tidier for wedding photographs (and “best kept village” competitions!).



GRAVESTONES & FAMILY HISTORY - Jonathan Dawson, who lives in the village, has collated records for many of the graves (though some of the more recent ones still need to be recorded - any help much appreciated!), and added them to the churchyard map. Details of churchyard monuments, including photos and inscriptions, can be found on this website: www.2Dales.org.uk


This work is in conjunction with the Upper Dales Family History Group: www.upperdalesfhg.org.uk


GOOGLE GROUP - The Conservation Group now has a Google Group for sharing information and activities. The address is:   GCPforum@googlegroups.com

Please click here for a link to the Grinton Conservation Programme for 2017