Who we are

Great Place: Lakes and Dales is one of the 16 national projects that were funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England under the Great Places Scheme between 2018 and 2021.

The programme continues to focus on the rural corridor linking Skipton in the south and Grasmere in the north, including the market towns and rural hinterlands, extending into both the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks.

It aims to understand the reasons for fewer 16 to 34-year-olds than the national average living and working in the area and seek to address them, using arts, heritage and culture as the catalyst for economic, social and environmental change.

Project team

Chloë Hampson Ward

Creative Economy consultant

Karen Merrifield

Business Relations consultant

Jael Williams

Business Relations consultant

Lisa Jamieson

Creative Economy consultant

Richard Dowson

Placemaking consultant

Beth Sculpher

Programme Officer

Lindsey Hebden

Programme Manager

The programme is managed via the Consortium of Partnership Organisations which includes North Yorkshire Council (lead authority), Westmorland and Furness Council, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and Lake District National Park Authority. GPLD continues to work with these core partners and other stakeholders through external funded and partnership projects which nurture creativity, encourage creative connections and make meaningful connections with young people living rurally to help ensure they are represented and have an active role in shaping their cultural community.