AN opportunity to find out what farmers are doing to protect the environment in the Dales national park is being offered at a series of events taking place in August.

The 'farm events' organised by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority are open to all and are aimed at explaining how farming can help with nature.

They will also discuss the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) - one of the three new Environmental Land Management Schemes.

A spokesperson for the park authority urged anyone interested to find out more, to come along and 'chat with a farmer'.

"The management of the Yorkshire Dales National Park by farmers and landowners is incredibly important to the landscape’s conservation and to protect some of Britain’s rarest habitats and species. Farms are important rural businesses and employers, and are vital to our rural society."

In the Craven area, a farm event will take place on Wednesday, August 17,from 7pm to 9pm at St Johns Methodist Church, Settle. Events are also taking place in Leyburn on August 8; in Reeth on August 11 and in Appleby on August 15.

To book a place, contact Vanessa in the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Farm Conservation Team. Ring 01756 751620 or email farming@yorkshiredales.org.uk