Shibden Valley Society

The Shibden Valley Society was founded in March 1970 in response to a number of environmental issues which threatened the future of the 'high landscape value' of the Shibden Valley area of Halifax, West Yorkshire. Our founder members were concerned about the effect on the green belt should housing estates, mining developments and electricity pylons be permitted to deface the natural beauty of the valley.

In the last forty years the Society has grown considerably and today has about 220 members. We remain a self-financing, non-profit making organisation with a committee that meets on an almost monthly basis. We are also affiliated to the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

Photo kindly reproduced by kind permission of David and Geoffrey Horrocks-Taylor

Andrew Knight and Gordon Fawthrop kindly donated a bench recently. The site was cleared and bench installed by both Andrew and Gordon. Many thanks to Andrew and Gordon for their kind donation.

We monitor all potential developments within the Shibden Valley area and use our influence to ensure that all such developments are in the best interest of the Valley.

We encourages good maintenance and husbandry of property and land and generally addresses all environmental matters pertinent to the Valley.

Full details of the our written constitution can be viewed here and will open in a new window for your convenience.

We run a number of social events throughout the year and coordinate working parties to tackle overgrown paths, clear rubbish and generally improve the environment. Details of all events, working parties and our AGM can be found in the Newsletter which is published three times a year and distributed to members.

Please see our Becoming a Member page for more details about joining the society