Postcode Lottery supports Dales countryside

Staff from YDMT and People’s Postcode Lottery celebrate at Muker hay meadows.

Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised £2,076,332 over the last ten years for Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT), supporting people, landscape and wildlife in and around the Yorkshire Dales.

A recent award of £450,000 to YDMT will support long-running conservation projects such as tree planting and wildflower hay meadow restoration.

It will also enable the charity to create more outreach, education and training opportunities for young people and disadvantaged groups, as well as providing community grants that benefit local people.

David Sharrod, Chief Executive of YDMT, said: “We are extremely grateful to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for this incredible contribution.

“Player support has transformed us as a charity. It allows us to invest in ongoing projects but crucially also helps us to respond to changing needs in our area through a number of new schemes.”

£50,000 has already been invested in tree planting as part of YDMT’s Together for Trees appeal, helping to plant around 13,000 native broadleaf trees and hedgerow plants to improve woodland connectivity and biodiversity.

The new trees will cover almost nine hectares, including sites on the Grinton Estate in Swaledale which will support black grouse, and riparian woodland at Castle Bolton in Wensleydale designed to benefit dormice.

Since 2005 players of People’s Postcode Lottery have supported more than 5,500 good causes, including YDMT.

“A minimum of 32% of the price of a People’s Postcode Lottery ticket is awarded to charities and good causes, raising £116 million in 2018 alone.

Will Humpington, Climate Change and Environmental Programmes Advisor at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “We are delighted that players have now supported Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust for ten years.

“The flexible funding will allow them to continue their great work in the Dales, shaping the environment and communities of this unique place.

“Without players of People’s Postcode Lottery this funding simply wouldn’t be possible so it’s all thanks to them.”