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Gayle Mill, Hawes, North Yorkshire

This was a complex project for the restoration of a Grade II * listed mill and associated machinery, turbines and leat, which had lain empty for more than a decade and was at risk. The site is also a scheduled monument. North of England Civic Trust became involved at the request of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, and went on to raise funding of over £1.1 million from HLF, English Heritage, Yorkshire Forward and others, to acquire the mill and to project manage the restoration. The project was included on BBC Restoration, and was one of only a handful that had actually been completed when a Restoration Update programme was screened in the spring of 2009, having opened to the public in 2008.

A Friends group was established from the local community and from that, with the assistance of NECT, Gayle Mill Trust was formed. Gayle Mill Trust now operates the mill as a centre for woodworking excellence, providing training in traditional skills, a visitor attraction and an example of energy sustainability within the National Park. Details of all events at Gayle Mill can be found on their website here