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Bilton Conservation Group was founded by local residents on 19th May 1982 to protect and maintain the rural environment of this, the oldest part of Harrogate.

Ian Wallace Memorial - 23/10/2015

Our late and much respected member Ian Wallace was a renowned botanist who had performed many botanical surveys as a volunteer with the National Trust at Fountains Abbey and throughout Nidd Gorge with the Bilton Conservation Group.

Bilton Beck Bridge

Mike Gurney, NYCC Countryside Ranger and Keith Wilkinson MBE, Honorary Secretary inspect the new Bilton Beck Bridge which was officially opened on 17th August 2016; re-opening this popular Public Right of Way which had been closed on safety grounds since the violent storms of 2015.

2016 Winter Floods

Storm Barbara and some smaller gales brought similar problems to Nidd Gorge as the river Nidd Levels rose dramatically, bringing down trees and piling debris against the Burgess Bridge again. Thankfully our Boardwalk and Footpath repairs held up well and river bank damage was slight.

Bats

Bats are very important , they keep the population of moths steady. Most bats eat moths. Some bats pollinate flowers.