After the meeting to approve the proposal in February, YDNPA
chairman Carl Lis said: "The vote shows that the authority is committed to trying to address the serious issues facing Dales communities.
Key Stage 1 teacher Helen Strong came up with the idea of a wildlife garden to give the pupils a chance to learn more about nature and conserving and protecting our natural habitats and she contacted James Lamb, the YDNPA Swaledale Area Ranger, for advice.
Mrs Strong, Mr Lamb and some of the YDNPA's Dales volunteers have spent the last few months working with the children to turn an area of the school's existing playing field into a wildlife garden.
There is a huge variety of guided walks run by the YDNPA
and other organisations.
The Limestone Country Project--a five-year, joint venture involving the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA
), Natural England, the EU LIFE-nature fund, the National Trust and other partners--took first place as the best environmental project in the Yorkshire Rural Awards, which are organised by The Dalesman magazine.