Links to Supporting Groups


Nigel Heptinstall.

Most of you will fondly remember his column in the Harrogate Advertiser. This was, for 20years, a window into the local wildlife in all its forms. Now replaced by a personal blog, Nigel continues to champion wildlife and environmental issues.



Harrogate & District Naturalists' Society

The Society was formed in 1947 as the Harrogate & District Naturalist & Scientific Society, the present title being adopted in 1958. Its aim is to promote the study and enjoyment of wildlife in all its forms and to disseminate the knowledge of natural history. The Society takes an active and practical interest in the conservation of wildlife resources and supports efforts to safeguard the natural diversity of species.


Bilton Conservation Group

Bilton Conservation Group was founded by local people on 19th May 1982 to protect and maintain the rural environment of this , the oldest part of Harrogate. Have a look at their site for details of the many activities, talks and events that they hold.


Harrogate Pinewoods Conservation Society

We aim to promote the maintenance and conservation of the environment within the Pinewoods. These are approximately 96 acres of semi natural woodland, one kilometre south-west of Harrogate town centre. Click HERE for our 2014 programme


Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS)

– although best known for running the annual Great Yorkshire Show the YAS work hard throughout the year to help farming and the countryside and do an awful lot of education too! We own and look after the Great Yorkshire Showground and have conservation ponds and take our roles of custodians of this land very seriously and Fodder is a prime example of us promoting local farmers and producers and making local food more accessible. Click the following links: | | | |


Harrogate & Ripon Beekeepers' Association

The Harrogate & Ripon Beekeepers Association is an independent association of beekeepers who mostly live or operate in a large area of North Yorkshire and who meet in Harrogate or Ripon. It is affiliated to the British Beekeepers Association. The Association has developed over 85 years, continually increasing and improving ways of serving the changing needs of members.


Open Country

Open Country is a Harrogate-based organisation that seeks to enable anyone with any disability to access the countryside.We achieve this through variety of countryside activities and the provision of information, training and advice.



Horticap is based at Bluecoat Wood Nurseries, Otley Road, where suitably qualified staff and a team of volunteers provide adults with learning disabilities training in horticulture, allied crafts and rural skills.

RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Our mission is “To be the leading organisation demonstrating excellence in horticulture and promoting gardening”. Harlow Carr is one of the national four gardens that RHS has open to the public.

See also "Wild About Gardens!"


Harrogate District Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth seeks to inspire solutions to environmental problems, which also make life better for people. We are concerned about both the environment and social justice. We work for a future where the needs of everyone can be met in a sustainable way and where there is still space for other species. Part of a national and international network.


Click HERE for more Links

Peacock Butterfly

Biodiversity is simply the web of life on Earth

It comprises a hugely diverse range of species, genes and ecosystems