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Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust gets Royal seal of approval

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) has been selected to retain the patronage of King Charles III, it has been announced.

Following a thorough review of over 1,000 charities that had received support from The Late Queen, former Prince of Wales and former Duchess of Cornwall, His Majesty is “delighted” to retain the patronage of YDMT, according to a recent letter from the Royal Household.

YDMT first received patronage from the former Prince of Wales in 1996 when YDMT was a newly established charity. In the 28 years since, the organisation has delivered a wide range of inspiring charitable work to support people, landscape and wildlife in and around the Yorkshire Dales.

This includes planting over 1.6 million native trees, inspiring thousands of people to care for this special area and securing the future of over 800 hectares of wildflower hay meadows, a subject His Majesty has a keen interest in.

David Sharrod, CEO of YDMT said: “Our Chair, Board, staff and volunteers were all overjoyed, proud and humbled to receive confirmation that we have retained the patronage of His Majesty, The King.

“The Patronage, along with His Majesty’s interest in and concern for so many of the issues we are trying to address, continues to be a genuine source of inspiration and support to us all, and gives us renewed motivation to continue our work.”

“As a small charity supporting the Yorkshire Dales His Majesty’s royal seal of approval is particularly special as it highlights the national importance of our work.” David said.

Over the last year, YDMT has restored 55 hectares of wildflower meadows; planted over 60,000 native broadleaf woodland and hedgerow trees; delivered hundreds of conservation and wellbeing sessions and distributed hundreds of thousands of pounds in community grants and much more.

More information on the important work being undertaken by YDMT can be found in its recently released annual Impact Report

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