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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.

2015 Grinton Conservation Project Meetings
These are on the second Saturday of each month, from 10.00am at St. Andrew’s. They will begin with a brief meeting, and move into a practical session. All are welcome to come along.


UPDATE at the end of 2015:


BATS - Brigitte from the North Yorkshire Bat Group has done 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 2016, and we are also investigating other possible roost sites close to the church building.


BEES - We had two beehives in the churchyard this year, and were able to harvest a quantity of honey – which sold very quickly! The Bees have again been “bedded down” for winter.


BIRDS – This is an area that needs some more work. We are looking for knowledgeable enthusiast to help us with bird identification, bird watching and some educational activities.


TREES – We have a tree management plan and the necessary permission to do some pruning and removal work on the trees in the churchyard. There will be a bat survey on the trees around the church building in the early summer next year before we can plan the timetable for this work to happen.


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 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


SCULPTURE TRAIL - 2 Willow Sculptures (of bees) are in place, together with a bench with willow arms, sited for a view of the river, which was created in memory of Revd Michael McDermott, a keen member of the Conservation Group. The Forest Church group has been gradually decorating one of the trees with willow fish and other woven willow creations.


GOOGLE GROUP - The Conservation Group now has a Google Group for sharing information and activities.


The address is:   GCPforum@googlegroups.com


Email: GCPforum@googlegroups.com