2nd June 2020
The very rare Lady's Slipper Orchid that was thought to be extinct at the beginning of the 20th Century and only one plant was discovered in 1930. Thanks to a conservation programe Kilnsey Park where given 12 plants in 2008 that are now begining to thrive.
Pictured Jamie Roberts with rare Lady's Slipper Orchid at Kilnsey Park near Skipton, that people won't be able to see due to its short flowering period and the Covid-19 lockdown
Picture Gerard Binks

Jamie Roberts

Joint Chair of Trustees

Jamie has been a Trustee of the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust

since 2015 and has been Joint Chair for the past 2 years. Jamie has a strong connection with Dales rivers, having spent much of his life next to (and in) the river Wharfe, which flows through the family farm. As an avid conservationist, wild swimmer and riparian landowner, Jamie ticks most of the boxes for being committed to YDRT and its work.

Before returning to manage the family Estate in Upper Wharfedale, Jamie enjoyed over 20 years in tourism, conservation and publishing, both in the UK and overseas in Nepal and on St Helena. His experience includes senior leadership and development roles at Buglife and the National Trust. He is passionate about sustainability – the Estate generates all its own energy – and restoring the natural environment of the Dales.

‘Water is the life force of everything we do here at Kilnsey – from rearing fish to recreational angling – so it makes complete sense to be strongly engaged in looking after our local rivers and watercourses.’


Proudest moment? Helping to save the world’s rarest tree, on a windswept island in the middle of nowhere.