Hay Time

Hay Time is an ambitious project that aims to save our disappearing species-rich hay meadows, grasslands and the wildlife they support.

Working with farmers to restore meadows across the Dales

The Hay time project strapline ‘Working with farmers to restore meadows across the Dales’ sums up our approach and ethos. We recognise and value the central role of farmers and other land managers in the long-term management of meadows and we appreciate farmers’ intimate knowledge and experience of upland farming. The work we have done to save our meadows wouldn’t be possible without their commitment and support.


The original Yorkshire Dales Hay time project was a partnership between Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, and was supported by Natural England, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the National Trust. Beyond the original project we’ve been extremely grateful for the support and donations from many individuals and organisations, without whom our Hay Time work simply would not be possible, including.

  • Banister Charitable Trust
  • Countdown 2010
  • David Morgan Rees
  • Defra
  • D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
  • Forest of Bowland AONB
  • Friends of Nidderdale AONB
  • Greenhow Biodiversity Fund
  • John Spedan Lewis Foundation
  • Lady Bell’s Charity
  • Martin Wills Fund
  • Nidderdale AONB SDF
  • Original Buff, S.A. via the European Outdoor Conservation Association   
  • S&C Shepherd Charitable Trust
  • Tanner Trust
  • Tubney Charitable Trust
  • Wharfedale Naturalists' Society
  • Yorkshire Agricultural Society
  • Yorkshire Dales LEADER
  • Yorkshire Dales Society
  • Yorkshire Dales SDF

The Hay Time Appeal

Our work to restore species-rich hay meadows is possible because of donations and support from people like you. In April 2013 we launched the Hay Time Appeal with the aim of raising £150,000 to fund an ongoing programme of meadow restoration and education work.

We’ve been overwhelmed by your support. After only 2 years of fundraising we reached the £150,000 target thanks to generous donations from individuals and local businesses, and grants from charitable trusts.

This has allowed the Hay Time project to continue across the Yorkshire Dales and the Forest of Bowland, and many of the original targets for the Appeal have already been exceeded. 

So why are we still making meadows? Even in the Yorkshire Dales, one of the few strongholds for our remaining meadows, the fragmented nature of these precious habitats makes them vulnerable. Much more needs to be done to consolidate and expand this precious resource and reverse the dramatic loss of biodiversity.

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