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Charity Auction: Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust

8th December 2021.



Tennants are delighted to be hosting The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust (YDRT) Auction, which this year will be raising funds for the Rivers2U van, the charity’s mobile classroom. The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust was established in 2004 as a Registered Charity, working to enhance and protect the rivers of the Yorkshire Dales for the benefit of everyone. 

The online auction features locally sourced experiences and delicacies. A number of exciting lots, from cosy stays in boutique cottages to Christmas goody hampers, will be available to bid for between the 10th and the 20th of December 


Catherine Mason, Education and Engagement Officer at YDRT, explained that “Increasing children’s interaction with our blue and green spaces is so important to enable them to connect with our rivers and wildlife. Our Rivers2U education project makes this possible and we’re looking forward to being able to extend our engagement with schools in 2022, using funds raised from our Christmas auction!” 

In the last 3 years, the Rivers2U mobile classroom has helped YDRT to engage with over 1,800 schoolchildren in Yorkshire by visiting 38 schools. The charity has also attended over 50 local shows and community events, inspiring and teaching people about the importance of their local rivers.  

YDRT works across the catchments of the 5 major rivers in the Yorkshire Dales; the Ure, Swale, Nidd, Ouse and Wharfe, to improve water quality, increase biodiversity, deliver natural flood management and habitat creation projects as well as engaging with schools and communities.  

David Middlemiss, CEO of YDRT, said “Our annual auction is a great way to support the work of your local Rivers Trust. We are extremely grateful to those generous local businesses who have donated a wealth of exciting lots that will make for really special last-minute Christmas presents”.  

This year YDRT are aiming to beat the target set in 2020 when the auction raised almost £5000, which helped fund over 164 acres of new habitat creation, and engage with 35 landowners across 5 river catchments. At the recent COP26 summit in Glasgow, Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi stressed the importance of education and empowering children to look after their environment. By bringing rivers to the classrooms of children who may otherwise not get to experience them firsthand, our Rivers2U mobile classroom plays a critical part in nurturing the next generation of River Stewards. 


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