Extra funding for Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority welcomed

Swaledale. Photo: VisitBritain.

Extra funding of £440,000 for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has been welcomed.

The Secretary of State for the Environment Thérèse Coffey, announced this week that England’s ten national parks are set to benefit from an additional one-off payment.

Officials say the funding is in recognition of the vital role that national parks play in protecting the country’s precious wildlife and landscapes and the importance they have for tourism, the regional economy, and public access.

A spokesperson for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority said: “The announcement of this one-off additional funding, which will amount to £440,000 for the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is welcome and will help address some of the short-term financial pressures we’re facing.

“However, the longer-term structural problems within our finances remain because the grant we receive from Government is still less than it was 12 years ago.

“We, together with partners, are already delivering important climate, nature recovery, and access and engagement projects in the National Park, but need to go further if we’re to deliver on Government targets for nature, climate and public access.

“This means having the resources needed to realise the ambitious plans we have for this special and treasured landscape.”