Vegan Yorkshire

As Veganuary in Yorkshire commences, you may well be considering eating a vegan diet. This can be a difficult thing to do without sufficient research. This blog will assist those of you in Yorkshire that may be considering making the lifestyle change.

According to this study by the University of Oxford, a plant based diet could save millions of lives and dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions so reducing meat consumption could be beneficial to everyone and what better way to start than with Veganuary?

Whether you are trying to reduce your animal product consumption or aiming to be a lean mean green eating machine, here are some ideas and advice for Veganuary in Yorkshire.

Don’t treat Veganuary like a chore

Vegan options have never been better in the UK. Most fast food restaurants have a vegan option, KFC offer a vegan burger, Greggs have a few vegan options including the now famous vegan sausage roll. Furthermore, most supermarkets have vegan options in their meal deals and vegan and vegetarian aisles.

There’s no need to just focus on the big brands though. It’s worth checking out your local, independent shops, cafes and restaurants, most of which will now boast varied vegan options.

It is not as difficult to be vegan as it once was and therefore it’s important not to treat it like a restriction. It is better to think about the options that you are opening up to yourself by trying vegan eating.

Be Flexible with Veganuary

If you don’t always strictly stick to vegan options, that’s OK. Don’t be too hard on yourself. You don’t have to be all vegan all the time.

Remind yourself that if you eat something non-vegan, you don’t have to give up and go straight back to cheese and meat boards immediately. Being flexible with veganism can be good for your health and for the environment.

Yorkshire Vegan Confectionery

An important consideration with veganism is that you don’t just have to limit yourself to the vegan and vegetarian aisles at the supermarket. There are many foods and confectionery products that are accidentally vegan, as seen here.

It is still possible to support local businesses as many of the items on these lists are Yorkshire products, this includes…

  • Foxes’ Mini Party Rings
  • Mr Kipling’s Treacle Tart & Apple and Blackcurrant Pie
  • Rowntrees Jelly Tots which were invented by accident in Leeds
  • Haribo Rainbow Twists Sour
  • Yorkshire-based Chocolatier, Whitakers became the UK’s first chocolatier to offer a vegan selection box this Christmas, continuing a trend of Yorkshire confectioners leading the way in vegan sweets and chocolate
  • Dukes Donuts in Leeds boast vegan doughnuts which are all huge and satiate a sweet tooth
  • Rowntrees Fruit Pastilles are now Vegan friendly

As is evident, there is a distinct rise in vegan products in general. In 2019, The Vegan Society registered 14,262 products with The Vegan Trademark. This was a 49% increase on the year before.

If you wish to make the effort to be vegan this January, there are plenty of products that you can enjoy while supporting local business with this number sure to grow each year.

Places to eat vegan food in Yorkshire

You can read about a tasty selection of vegan restaurants, cafes and other options here to help with your Veganuary in Yorkshire. Some highlights include

  • Prashad – a vegetarian Indian restaurant in Bradford (which as a city is the multi-year Curry Capital of Britain)
  • Döner Summer – Vegan junk food with locations across the county.

Useful Links

NHS advice for Vegan eating.

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Yorkshire Wolds Dew Pond Wander: a journey through time

Credit: Dew pond- F Grace EM

Dew ponds – sometimes called cloud ponds or mist ponds – are man-made ponds which were created in the 18th and 19th centuries to provide water for farm animals. In the dry, chalk landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds, a natural supply of surface water was not always available, so the ponds were an essential source of water for the animals.

Despite their magical name, it’s thought that the water in the ponds came mainly from rainfall, rather than dew, clouds or mist. For almost 200 years, farmers relied on these ponds to provide water for livestock, so the ponds were regularly maintained as an essential part of the farm.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has worked with the local farming community on a two-year project to restore a network of these ponds right across the Wolds. They’re once again an important feature in the landscape and an oasis for an array of wildlife such as emperor dragonflies, great diving beetles, frogs, toads and newts. They are also an important source of water for farmland birds, which have declined rapidly in recent years, as well as mammals such as deer and hare.

You can discover several of these dew ponds along a beautiful circular trail in the Wolds, starting from the picturesque village of Thixendale. So why not pull on your boots, explore the stunning landscape for yourself and take advantage of the wildlife highlights along the route?

Take a look here –

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is the only charity entirely dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring Yorkshire’s wildlife and wild places.

To help protect our wildlife and wild places please:

• Observe the latest government guidance on social distancing
• Follow any signage on our nature reserves
• Stick to the paths and trails, and check if dogs are welcome or need to be on a lead
• Take your litter home with you

Step out and take strides for Yorkshire’s wildlife, one piece of litter at a time

Credit: Jon Hawkins, two volunteers litter picking.

Taking a walk in the countryside, by the sea or down the road to the local park is something we might have taken for granted until last year. We all admire the beautiful scenery, landscapes and local wildlife on a much-loved walk, but how much do we consider the hard work that might be taking place in the background to keep it safe for wildlife and people? It’s been wonderful to see so many people enjoying Yorkshire’s wild places over the eighteen months but it’s been sad to witness so much litter quickly building up in these spots too. Wherever litter is dropped, it can find its way into our watercourses and then into our already suffering seas.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is working hard to tackle the problem of marine pollution. In our latest blog, Marine Pollution Officer, Ana Cowie, tasks us with a litter picking challenge in our local patch, wherever that may be. Our small actions can make a big difference. So if you’re walking round the block or heading to the coast, picking up litter as you wander can lead to a step change for public behaviour and Yorkshire’s wildlife.

Visit our latest blog here:

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is the only charity entirely dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring Yorkshire’s wildlife and wild places.

To help protect our wildlife and wild places please:

• Observe the latest government guidance on social distancing.
• Follow any signage on our nature reserves.
• Stick to the paths and trails, and check if dogs are welcome or need to be on a lead.
• Take your litter home with you.

Give Seas a Chance

Yorkshire’s seas were once full of wildlife but due to decades of human neglect and harm, they are falling silent and empty. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s expert marine team are working against the clock to save, restore and enhance our beautiful, essential seas and incredible wildlife. We’ve got the solutions. We just need you. Help us turn the tide and give Yorkshire’s seas a chance.

Donate and take action today: Give Seas a Chance | Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (

Dog walkers: Top tips for keeping wildlife safe

Credit: Ben Hall/2020VISION

We have some top tips for keeping you, our wildlife and livestock safe this season as we explore more of Yorkshire’s finest landscapes with our dogs. Wildlife is at its most vulnerable at the moment and iconic birds like curlew, skylark and lapwing are nesting on the ground among the heather and long grass. Even the most good-natured dog can disturb nests inadvertently and young lambs can also be vulnerable.

Visit our blog to find out how you, as a responsible dog owner, can help us keep wildlife safe throughout the year:

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is the only charity entirely dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring Yorkshire’s wildlife and wild places. To help protect our wildlife and wild places please:

Minimise travel– please reduce non-essential journeys or combine trips where possible.

Keep a 2-metre distance from all other visitors and staff at all times.

Follow any signage on site, and don’t use any bird hides during lockdown.

Stick to the paths and trails, and check if dogs are welcome or need to be on a lead.

Take your litter home, as it’s harder for us to empty bins regularly.

Thank you.

Hackfall Wood, Masham

Which ingredients make for the perfect family walk? I would imagine that whatever they are, you’ll be able to tick them off at Hackfall Wood. It’s one of our favourite places to explore with children, complete with follies, beautiful woodland, a beach (!) and plenty of woodland magic. What’s more, you’ve even got a lovely pub to walk to at Grewelthorpe. Perfect.

Read about our first time to Hackfall Wood here, when we enjoyed a beautiful sunny spring day. We love days out enjoying Yorkshire’s beautiful landscapes, and love walking! If you want to discover some of the places that we’ve found on our travels, have a look at the Muddy Boots Mummy website or follow my Facebook page.