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Dialstone Farm limestone walling repair men at workDialstone Farm limestone walling repair men at work

The application period for the Traditional Boundary Scheme 2017/18 is now closed.

Traditional Boundary Scheme 2017/18

Do you manage land within the North York Moors National Park?

  • Are you looking to plant a new hedge along a field boundary, or do you have a hedge which could do with gapping up with new hedge plants, or perhaps laying or coppicing?
  • Or do you have a dry stone wall which needs restoration?

Applications are now being taken for the North York Moors National Park Authority’s Traditional Boundary Scheme (TBS) for 2017/18. Grants of up to £2,000 are available for land managers within the North York Moors National Park to help towards dry stone walling and hedgerow restoration/planting. These traditional boundaries form a big part of the landscape character, provide boundary markers, shelter for stock, reduce soil erosion and provide wildlife habitat across the National Park.

To be eligible for the Scheme the field boundaries must be visible from a public right of way or road. TBS is a competitive scheme; the more visible the boundary is the more higher it will score. Applications for partial boundary restoration (i.e. restoring only 100m of a completely derelict wall that is 150m long) are not usually eligible. The full details and conditions can be found in the TBS Guidelines below.

How do I apply?

Please see the Traditional Boundary Scheme (TBS) criteria/guidelines and supporting information available to download below.

Please read the 'Traditional Boundary Scheme Guidelines' before completing the application form. Download and complete the application form, which may be completed electronically and sent to, or printed and sent in by post.

Some of the boundary restoration projects from previous years can be seen on our Conservation Blog.

Application Deadlines

The application deadline for the scheme is Friday 29 October 2017. 

How are the grants allocated?

Applications received on or before the deadline of 29 October 2017 will be assessed against the TBS grant criteria (see documents below). The applications scoring the highest points will be offered a grant.

We aim to inform you whether you have been successful or not by the end of Novemeber 2017. The boundary work must be completed by 24 February 2018 to receive grant payment.

Information to Download

TBS Guidelines (pdf)

Standard Payment Rates (pdf)

Application Form (pdf)

Application Form (Word document)

Process Flow Diagram (pdf)

Practical Works Guidelines (pdf)

We look forward to receiving your application. For further information about the Traditional Boundary Scheme, please contact the Natural Environment Team at or by phone on 01439 772700.