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A project in the North York Moors that aims to inspire families to love the great outdoors and protect special habitats has received a special award from the Campaign for National Parks.

The Explorer Club, which works with families with children aged 4-14 was highly commended and received a £500 grant as part of the prestigious Park Protector Award. The award was presented at a reception in parliament on 11 October. 

Tammy Andrews, Family and Youth Volunteers Co-ordinator says: “It is a privilege working alongside such enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers. Being shortlisted for the award was fantastic but to be presented with this special honour is the icing on the cake. The grant will enable us to purchase some more child-sized tools in order to increase the number of practical conservation tasks the families can get involved with."

Explorer Club volunteers at Runswick BayExplorer Club families meet once-a-month for six months to undertake tasks to help look after the National Park and do fun activities to understand more about the special habitats and wildlife that are found there. Examples of activities include stream-dipping and species identification, along with litter-picking, drain-clearage and path-clearing. The hope is that this early connection with the North York Moors will lead to a life-long passion for exploration and the natural world. Once families have completed Explorer Club, there are lots of other ways they can continue their involvement with the National Park; including ‘adopting’ a section of the Cleveland Way, or for older children, volunteering as ‘Young Rangers’.

Caroline Quentin, president of Campaign for National Parks said: “National Parks are important, inspirational national assets that require dedication and support at this time of great national uncertainty to make sure they flourish in the future. The Park Protector Award celebrates those projects that are committed to securing a bright future for their National Parks.”

The top prize was taken by the Community Science project in the Peak District, which trains volunteers to monitor environmental changes and record the effects of climate change.

The North York Moors National Park Authority offers a wide range of opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved in looking after this special place. More information can be found at


Media contact

Nina Beadle Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority

Tel: 01439 772700

The North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres) the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 7.9 million visitors a year.

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a huge variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

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About the Park Protector Award 2017

The winners of the Park Protector Award 2017 were announced on 11 October at a parliamentary reception.

Campaign for National Parks is the only national charity dedicated to campaigning to protect and promote all the National Parks of England and Wales. For media enquiries, Andrew Hall on Tel: 0207 981 0891, or email

The Park Protector Award is supported by the Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust who are funded and supported by Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. For more information please go to

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