THE Prince of Wales has agreed to continue as the patron of a charity responsible for promoting the Yorkshire Dales which will see his link with the organisation span two decades.
The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust has confirmed Prince Charles has chosen to extend his patronage of the charity for a further five years up until November 2017.
The move will mean the Prince, who is well known for his active interest in environmental issues, will have been patron of the charity for 20 years.
The chairman of trustees for the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, Steve Macaré, said: “The Patronage of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales means a great deal to the board of trustees and staff here at the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.
“We have been very fortunate to secure the support of many individuals and local businesses over the years who share our passion for the area, but knowing you have the royal ‘seal of approval’ is really rather special.”
The trust was established as a registered charity in 1996, and since then has worked to support the environmental, social and economic well-being of the Yorkshire Dales and its communities.
The charity now has more than 35,000 supporters and has helped to deliver in excess of 1,200 projects worth about £20m in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas. The projects range from countryside apprenticeships and supporting local businesses to education and outreach programmes and restoring woodland and wildlife habitats.
Key achievements include planting more than a million native trees in the Yorkshire Dales while also engaging with more than 12,000 people in educational wildflower-themed events.
The trust has overseen a programme which has improved almost 740 acres of wildflower hay meadows, and enabled more than 4,000 people from disadvantaged urban backgrounds to experience the health and well-being benefits of the landscapes throughout the Dales.
A spokesperson from the Prince of Wales’s office said he was “delighted” to continue his links with the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.