Richmondshire Climate Action

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We are the Richmondshire Climate Action Partnership, and we are taking action to respond to the climate and environment emergency that is affecting us all.

We are volunteers working with and inspiring local people and communities to take action to tackle climate change. 

Take a look at what we've been doing. If you like what you see and want to get involved, please support our events or get in touch at  

Latest news

Wildflower Meadows 

7pm, 22nd September, 

Reeth Village Hall

If you live in Swaledale or further afield and are interested in helping to create new wildflower hay meadows, then a free event at the Reeth Memorial Hall at 7pm on Friday 22nd September may be for you.

Sustainable Swaledale is encouraging the regeneration and creation of meadows, through its one acre wild flower project. People  with smaller spaces create a wild flower area to enhance their garden or small plot of land, so that in total there is an acre of  newly created wildflowers. The Hudson House garden in Reeth already has a beautiful example of such a plot. 

Sustainable Swaledale is working with the YDNP Hay time officer Catherine Mercer. Catherine will speak at the event about how to create meadow spaces, the importance and benefits of doing so, and how to sign up and source some seed.

All welcome!

Posted : 19th September 2023

It's not too late to sign up for a trip to Allerton Waste Recovery Park

Curious about what happens to your rubbish after the bin wagon has been? 

Then why not join the 11 people who have already signed up for our autumn (late Oct/Nov) visit to the Allerton Waste Recovery Park near Knaresborough. 

The guided visit will start at the on-site visitors centre and include a short illustrated talk and a tour of the facilities. There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions, but what you see, hear (and probably smell!) are likely to be your enduring memories. 

We can accommodate up to about 10 more people on the visit, that will be on a Thursday afternoon and last about 2 hours. 

To register your interest, please email with 'Allerton Visit' in the title. 

Updated : 19th September 2023

Sign up for hands-on citizen science activity

Mon 16/10/23 10am: Earthworm Sampling Day at Woodhouse Farm, Marrick DL11 7LD

Come and join like minded people collecting, photographing and preserving earthworm specimens for the Earthworm Image Recognition Project, and the National Earthworm Recording Scheme database. 

Beginners welcome - full instructions will be provided on the day.

Tue 17/10/23, 10am Earthworm Sampling Day at Foxglove Covert (Catterick Garrison)

Join us on this sampling day and help us survey Foxglove Covert for earthworms. No experience required - training will be provided. We will be searching microhabitats across the site to help build an earthworm site species list for the reserve. 

Both of the Earthworm Sampling Days are open and free to all. Places can be booked at:

Posted 19th September 2023

Winners - Ricap Nature Photography Competition 2023

Three talented local photographers picked up prizes from Mayor of Richmond, Councillor Ian Woods,  at a presentation event on Monday 21st August. 

Gary Treweek won the adult category with his stunning photo 'In amongst the buds', which shows off the vibrant colours of a kingfisher taking a break from feeding. Jake, a former pupil of St. Francis Xavier School led the field in the secondary school age category with his engaging image of an owl entitled 'Hidden', whilst Evie from St.Mary's School was a worthy winner in the primary school age category with her 'Flowers at Easby' picture.

The picture above shows the winners with their prizes and the Mayor of Richmond.  

Click here to view the winning entries and to see more pictures and comments from the event. 

updated : 12th September 2023

Save our Swale Campaign 

Are you concerned about ongoing pollution in the River Swale? 

Save Our Swale is a campaign group set up to protect the River Swale for recreation and wildlife. It is committed to ensuring that the river is protected from additional sewage and has a chance to recover from the excessive sewage overflow in recent years.. 

The group has recently successfully trained up local volunteers to carry out river water pollution monitoring.

To find out more about the campaign and their most recent activity, take a look at the SOS facebook page:

Save Our Swale | Facebook 

Posted 11th July 2023, updated 12th Sept 2023

Help make Richmond litter free in '23 !

Nobody likes to see local areas spoilt by litter, but for animals and birds, it can be a matter of life and death, if they eat things like plastic wrappers or get their feet trapped in plastic film.

A programme of free events and awareness raising activities designed to deter people from littering is underway.  

Two community litter picks organised by Partnership volunteers in Richmond have been hosted at The Station - on 22nd January and 26th March. 

Monthly clean ups are also organised by Richmond Pride. They take place on the first Sunday of every month at 10am at the Town Hall. All welcome!

North Yorkshire Councillor for Richmond, Stuart Parsons, says: 

 “It’s easy to take your litter home and recycle what you can, and there’s plenty of litter bins about if you do need to dispose of it earlier.”

Post updated: 24th July 2023