The Trust was established by a scheme of governance dated 8 November 1999.
Its charitable object is “the general benefit of the inhabitants of the area of benefit in such charitable ways as the trustees think fit”.
The area of benefit is the residents of Skipton, and the means by which the trustees achieve the object is by using income received from the charity’s landholdings and other investments for the purpose of providing grants to organisations in Skipton.
The charity’s board of trustees meets on a quarterly basis to consider and award grants, and will meet more frequently if necessary to consider special business. The charity’s land holdings and other assets are managed on its behalf by a Managing Agent who advises on land acquisitions and disposals, and reports regularly to the board of trustees on income received and available for charitable donations.
See below the charity’s Scheme of Governance, together with downloadable copies of the Tarn Moor Inclosure Act 1767 and the original Scheme of 1934. See also the lists of archived documents – to consult any of these deeds, agreements and historic papers, please contact the Clerk to the Trustees.
ccf30102016_0001 Inclosure Act 1767
The Tarn Moor Trust Sustainability Policy
The Trust manages its landholdings as a responsible landowner, and is committed to the principle of promoting sustainable environmental management systems.
To this end, the Trust will:
- encourage sustainable agricultural practices, by, for example, the regular checking of soil quality, re-seeding and ploughing;
- follow strict conservation practices in the development of natural woodland burial sites;
- ensure that the maintenance of burial sites is ecologically viable and does not violate the nature reserve status;
- promote rich biological diversity in the planting of trees and wild flowers, and in the management natural features, eg by coppicing, and by the replanting of hedgerows;
- encourage the development of wildlife habitats eg bees;
- promote the enjoyment of open spaces by providing public access via footpaths across Estate land;
- encourage and demonstrate sustainable approaches to the environment in construction, maintenance and refurbishment projects;
- aim to minimise waste production eg by encouraging recycling practices in the Estate businesses;
- aim to minimise the risk of pollution and environmental damage; and
- comply with all relevant legal requirements
This policy and its implementation will be reviewed by the Trustees on an annual basis.