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Village focus: Coastal gem of Sandsend

SET in the cluster that includes Whitby, Staithes and Robin Hood’s 
Bay, it is one of the smaller jewels on the Yorkshire coast, but one of the most valuable.

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Hovingham Market

Playing the market

IT isn’t technically a market town, for it isn’t a town. Yet the stalls that line the narrow streets in the picturesque Howardian village of Hovingham have become a veritable countryside shopping mall.

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Yorkshire Dales crisis is bigger than Foot and Mouth, says park boss

The deepening social and economic crisis in the Yorkshire Dales is a bigger challenge to its communities than the Foot and Mouth outbreak that ravaged the countryside in 2001, the chief executive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority said.

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Councillor Ian Scott of Richmondshire District Council pictured at Reeth by Simon Hulme.

Struggling Yorkshire Dales National Park ‘faces an existential crisis’

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is facing the biggest crisis in its 64-year history as a perfect storm of social and economic pressures have led to a stark warning that a radical shift in policy is needed to preserve centuries-old rural life.

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New agri-innovations are brought to the fore today at the Yorkshire Agricultural Machinery Show at York Auction Centre, Murton.  Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Farms ‘must embrace emerging technology to meet challenges’

The government’s newly published long-term vision for the environment has only heightened the need for smart new technology to be deployed on farms, industry experts said.

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Julian Sturdy, MP for York Outer,  in his constituency in the village of Knapton.

Plea for GCSE in agriculture issued by MP

A GCSE in Agriculture should be offered to teenagers around the country to help create a “better skilled and more productive workforce”, according to a North Yorkshire MP.

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Arla is investing �460m in its global operations this year.

Arla boss explains new UK investment

The head of Arla in the UK said the co-operative is responding to changing perceptions of dairy as he announced the biggest nationwide investment in its processing capabilities in a decade.

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Fracking firm Ineos has a number of shale gas exploration licences for areas in and on the edge of the North York Moors National Park.

Lateral fracking is not welcome beneath the North York Moors

Fracking is “incompatible” with protected landscapes and should be the very last targets for so-called lateral fracking by gas extraction firms, the director of planning at the North York Moors National Park Authority said.

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Coun John Blackie said he took exception to being associated with the views expressed by the chairman of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority in an open letter to second home owners about a proposed council tax hike.

Dales authority accused of not reflecting all members’ views in letter to second home owners

The leader of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has been accused of failing to represent a collective voice of other members as he defended the proposal to increase council tax for second homes.

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The bottling plant at Arla Foods in Stourton, Leeds.

Two Yorkshire dairy sites to benefit from £460m Arla investment

Farmer-owned dairy cooperative Arla Foods has announced a plan to invest almost half a billion pounds this year as part of the company’s 2020 growth plan.

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The formidable carrion crow.

Species with an unshakeable reputation for grave tidings

The intelligence of crows is legendary, as demonstrated this week in the new series of BBC Winterwatch, where a raven and carrion crow were pitted against each other in a range of tasks to establish the top bird brain of the crow family.

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Carl Lis, chairman of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

Yorkshire Dales chief tackles second home tax rise criticism

The chairman of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has today claimed it would be “absurd” not address the “ever increasing” number of second homes in the park, however uncomfortable it is.

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Campaigners have written to the Environment Secretary calling on him to scrutinise the role of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority in promoting a council tax rise for second home owners.

Call for Gove to intervene in Dales second homes tax row

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has been urged to examine the role of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority over its radical move to ask local councils to consider a huge tax rise on second home owners.

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The chairman of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has penned an open letter to second home owners in the Dales.

IN FULL: Open letter to second home owners from Yorkshire Dales National Park

Dear ‘Second Home Owner’, I wanted to write to you - although please forgive the rather impersonal sobriquet of ‘second home owner’ - to address the concerns you have raised with me, or in public, about proposals to attract people to live in the Dales, including a proposition to increase council tax on second homes in the Park.

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A hawfinch photographed by Robert E Fuller.

Rare hawfinch colony feasts on seeds at Yorkshire arboretum

These winged migrants usually prefer more southerly spots when they venture from the continent but a colony of 100 rare hawfinches have taken up residence in North Yorkshire.

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Read Julian Norton's column first in Country Week, inside The Yorkshire Post every Saturday.

A physical challenge for Julian after cow gives birth to twins

Being on second call is a strange thing. The vet on first call is taking responsibility for everything that comes in, so it is generally quiet, but when the second on call vet is needed, it is usually urgent. Emma, the vet on first, needed some assistance early this morning. I set off straight away.

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Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Farmers want permit charge rise to be delayed

Farmers have joined anglers in criticising the proposed increase to permit charges by the Environment Agency.

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David Rawlings with the distilling equipment for his potato vodka at Priory Farm.

North Yorkshire potato farmer aims to lead vodka revolution

Vodka is the latest example of farmers driven to drink as they seek to make more from their resources in the ground.

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An action group has been formed to oppose the proposed council tax rise on second homes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and to suggest alternative solutions to the long term viability of its communities. Picture by Tony Johnson.

New action group attacks proposed Dales tax hike on second homes

second home owners across the country could be singled out for crippling council tax bills if a proposal mooted by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority goes ahead, campaigners claim.

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Picture by David Botham.

North Yorkshire nature tourism can boost the economy by millions of pounds, report claims

Nature tourism has the potential to add millions of pounds to the economy of North Yorkshire whilst boosting public health, according to the authors of a new report.

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