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Planning system

There are changes afoot within the planning system, at both local and national government level, that will potentially have a profound affect on sustainability.

Check out our new ‘Planning’ page to see how we are engaging with these processes.

Our mission

Sustainable Swaledale is a community group aiming to make Swaledale and Arkengarthdale the most environmentally sustainable of the Yorkshire Dales.


What do we do?

We’re involved in various initiatives in the Swaledale and Arkengarthdale area. At the moment we are:

  • Recycling: We’re providing information about how and where to recycle, and working locally to ensure that as much waste gets recycled as possible. Read more…
  • Local produce: We’re setting up small vegetable patches on spare patches of land for locals to grow and harvest their own produce. Read more…
  • Sustainable living: We’re providing advice and tips for living as sustainably as possible. Read more…
  • Lobbying: We’re lobbying our local and regional authorities to take climate and sustainability issues seriously. Read more…

Why do we do it?

We love our corner of the Yorkshire Dales and want to make it as sustainable as possible, to benefit the local people as well as the wider UK and global communities.

Here are some photos to remind us what we are campaigning for.

Meadows and walls around Low Row and Blades (Swaledale) during summer (photo courtesy of Cath Calvert)
Prize-winning Swaledale sheep at a local show (photo courtesy of Cath Calvert)
Rowleth Wood near Strands, Swaledale, in autumn (photo courtesy of Richmondshire District Council)