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Dedication of young volunteers recognised at charity launch

Zach Haynes, Winner of Young Volunteer of the Year Zach Haynes, Winner of Young Volunteer of the Year

The 2017 ‘Young Ranger of the year’ was announced today (Friday 3 November) at the official launch of the North York Moors National Park Trust.

Thirteen year-old Zach Haynes from Northallerton scooped the top prize for his exceptional efforts in writing a naturalist blog and photographing the wildlife he finds across the North York Moors and elsewhere. Zach, who has been awarded £750 to put towards a trip to a national park of his choice, also regularly participates in projects such as the Big Garden Birdwatch and counts moth-trapping amongst his favourite hobbies.

A runner-up prize of £250 was awarded to Joey Graham of Darlington, aged just seven years, who has made phenomenal progress over the last six months as a member of the National Park Authority’s Explorer Club.

The awards were presented by the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Barry Dodd CBE, at a special event to mark the launch of a new charity that will help secure the future of the North York Moors.

Andy Wilson, Chair of North York Moors National Park Trust said: “Setting up the Trust realises part of a long held ambition to maximise efforts to conserve the landscape and wildlife of the area and help people to enjoy and learn about it.

“A huge part of the Trust’s work is focussed on ensuring the North York Moors can be enjoyed for generations to come. It’s therefore imperative that we engage the younger generation in what we do and recognise those individuals who are acting as ambassadors for the National Park in their own communities.”

The National Park Trust aims to grow steadily over time to become a major player in the conservation of the unique North York Moors landscape. Early projects for the Trust include working to increase knowledge of nocturnal moth populations and establishing a new Centenary Walk in the popular village of Goathland.

The Trust is an independent body with nine trustees who are all passionate about the area, it is being supported by, and has links with the National Park Authority which will help it to maximise the achievement of its charitable objectives. It also hopes to make strong links with businesses, local communities and individuals as projects and fund-raising progresses.

In his welcome speech, Sir William Worsley, Trustee of the new charity said: “This is a very special area. One I have been lucky enough to enjoy all my life. Indeed, I have many childhood memories of picnics on the Moors and we still do so today.

“The Trust has been set up to help secure the future of the North York Moors, to ensure that future generations can continue to fall in love with this place of awe-inspiring beauty.”

To donate or find out more information about the Trust and what it does, please go to www.northyorkmoorstrust.uk or email enquiries@northyorkmoorstrust.uk.

ENDS

Young Rangers of the Year

Media contact

Michael Graham, Deputy Director Park Services, North York Moors National Park Authority.

Tel: 01439 772700

Email: m.graham@northyorkmoors.org.uk

The North York Moors National Park Trust

The North York Moors National Park Trust is a newly established charitable trust, formally launched in autumn 2017. The trust works to support the protection and improvement of the North York Moors and the wildlife it supports, and to keep local traditions and heritage alive.

The Trust has been established by the North York Moors National Park Authority with the aim that it will grow over time to play a significant and important role in securing the future of the North York Moors National Park and associated communities.

For more information, please visit http://www.northyorkmoorstrust.uk/