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Ashes Pasture Fundraising Appeal - Success!

Ashes PastureAshes Pasture by Jono Leadley

UPDATE – December 2017. We have just heard from the Heritage Lottery Fund that our grant application was successful! Together with a generous contribution from the Garfield Weston Foundation and the terrific support received from our members and the public, we have now hit our fundraising target! This is great news and we would like to thank everybody for their support. We would especially like to thank the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation who bought Ashes Pasture and have held it for us until we were able to raise the money. We have now instructed our solicitor to move to secure the land. Any further donations are gratefully recieved and will be used for our ongoing management costs at Ashes Pasture Nature Reserve.

Help us safeguard and restore this fragile, important and rare habitat


  • We have hit our fundraising target, but if you would still like to support our ongoing management costs, that would be great.

  • To donate by phone, please call 01904 659570

  • To donate by post, please send your cheque (payable to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust) to Ashes Pasture Appeal, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, 1 St George's Place, York, YO24 1GN.

Ashes Pasture is a small yet exceptionally beautiful mosaic of grassland in stunning Ribblesdale, nestled between the iconic peaks of Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks route winds past, affording walkers views of this perfect Dales hay meadow.

Myriad orchids flower during spring and summer, curlews and meadow pipits breed on site and the elusive and endangered black grouse can be spotted there.

It’s an idyllic spot – a natural haven for wildflowers and wildlife and one that was once so characteristic of the Yorkshire Dales.

Curlew Credit Kev Chapman

Why do we need it?

Sadly, such stunningly beautiful and important traditional hay meadows have disappeared at a devastating rate.

Already one of the rarest types of grassland in the UK, there are now estimated to be less than 1000 hectares (< 4 square miles) left in the north of England.

Thanks to your support and that of our funders, we are now in a position to secure the future of Ashes Pasture and the wealth of wildlife which currently flourishes there.



If you would like to help with our future conservation management costs, please donate today:

Click here to visit our Just Giving page

Something for everyone

The new land will more than triple the size of the existing Ashes Pasture nature reserve. This, together with Salt Lake Quarry nature reserve just 100 metres away, and Southerscales, South House Pavement and Brae Pasture nature reserves all within 4km, will create a network of wildlife refuges to safeguard the future for many important plants and animals.

Thank you