Despite the rain, wind and mist, the beautiful Fountains Abbey near Ripon hosted the first ever joint Local Action Group event of the North York Moors, Coast and Hills and the Yorkshire Dales LEADER Programmes.
The event was held to celebrate the successes of each Programme highlighted in the recently completed Programme Evaluations, and introduce LAG members from across North Yorkshire to the next Rural Development Programme and the priorities of the York North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership.
David Wilford, Head of the Rural Communities Policy Unit at Defra was the Keynote speaker for the day and outlined the national and European context within with LEADER operates, as well as the broad parameters of the next Rural Development Programme from 2014 to 2020.
The conference continued with presentations from both the North York Moors National Park and the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust with their reflections on the successes of…
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