The Yorkshire Society is working with voluntary environmental and heritage groups throughout Yorkshire and has recently launched a new, mutually supportive network of voluntary, not for profit and charitable  organisations under the banner of Yorkshire Heritage Guardians.

In order to improve communication between groups and boost wider awareness of their important work throughout the Yorkshire region, the Society has set up two networks – one of larger Regional Heritage Guardians who operate across the whole county and Local Heritage Guardians operating in a more local, defined area.

Member organisations have access to their own page in the Heritage Guardians section on the new Yorkshire Society website, as well as access to the Yorkshire Society Heritage Guardians newsletter bulletin and social media to share news, information and events with other organisation’s memberships. An annual Yorkshire Heritage Guardian’s Congress is planned each year to bring members together in person.

It is also hoped the Yorkshire Heritage Guardians initiative will also influence regional decision making about the importance of the natural environment and cultural heritage to the region’s economy and community well-being.

Championing our regions heritage

Many of our Heritage Guardian Member organisations are highly specialised in such areas as natural and local history, geology, architecture and archaeology, folk music, and dialect. There are now 23 members include Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, the North York Moors Association, Friends of the Dales and the Yorkshire Wolds Heritage Trust. All share The Yorkshire Society’s passion for what makes our region great, its history, culture, landscape and people.

Philip Bell, Chief Executive of the not-for-profit Yorkshire Society comments:  “Yorkshire is an incredibly beautiful region of dramatically different and special landscapes, but is also culturally richly diverse, with a living history that goes back to Roman and Viking times, with an especially  fascinating pre- and post-Industrial heritage. We are proud to bring the regions voluntary and charitable heritage organisations together to collaborate and promote their work under our Heritage Guardians initiative ”.

To find out more about Yorkshire Heritage Guardians and its member organisations – visit

Growing our Heritage Guardians network

Any properly constituted local organisation, based in the historic region of Yorkshire (not local branches of national bodies), who would like to sign up – free of charge – to the Local Yorkshire Heritage Guardians network is invited to contact the Yorkshire Society at – giving details of their work and contact information.


For further information – contact Colin Speakman

Photo courtesy of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

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