Much of the work is done by farmers working on their own land but a great deal is also accomplished by the Yorkshire Dales National Parks team of rangers working with a network of around 200 volunteers.
They all have one thing in common - a great passion for their local landscape, wildlife, and plenty of practical skills.
Many of them work year round, often in foul weather and pride themselves on doing a great job that will last for many generations to enjoy. Some of their most visible work relates to path and wall maintenance and improvements but they do plenty of other work too. They lead guide walks and give talks to groups, passing on their passion for the environment. They undertake flower, wildlife and species surveys as well as surveys on historic buildings and archaeological sites.
Given the size of the National Park and shortage of funding, the landscape wouldn't be the same without these committed individuals. Most of the volunteers commit to working at least 15 days a year, and often do so for many years. So let's raise a glass to them in thanks - and if you'd like to become one of them, take a look at this page.