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Rosedale Old Railway by Chris CeaserRosedale Old Railway by Chris Ceaser

National Park staff work on a wide variety of projects, often with the help of volunteers and partner organisations, to care for the things which make the North York Moors special, and to encourage and enable people to understand and enjoy what it has to offer.

Helping the local economy

Destination Partnerships Moors and Dales

We have secured a £166,000 grant from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development for 'Destination Partnerships Moors and Dales', a partnership project working with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, and Nidderdale and Howardian Hills Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Running for just under two years (until 1 March 2019), the project will support at least 300 businesses and aims to boost rural tourism.

Coastal Communities Funded Project: Moor to Sea

On behalf of the North York Moors Rural Coastal Community Team, we have recently secured a £275,000 grant from the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) for the 'Moor to Sea: new activities and niches on the North York Moors Coast’ project. Running for just under two years (May 2017 to March 2019), the project will support at least 140 businesses and create 105 indirect jobs along the coastline between Saltburn and Cloughton.

Coastal Community Team

The North York Moors National Park Authority secured £10,000 from the Department for Communities and Local Government to form a Coastal Community Team to help revive our seaside villages and decide where investment should be channelled. Working with local businesses, communities, parishes and local authorities, we have developed our first Economic Plan that has identified priority projects to best develop the local tourism sector.

North York Moors Tourism Network

We are supporting tourism businesses in and around the National Park through the North York Moors Tourism Network, managed on a voluntary basis by Susan Briggs, Director of The Tourism Network Ltd. It's very informal, with no charge to join, and it's designed to benefit tourism businesses who wish to capitalise on their location in/near the North York Moors.

North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER Programme 2015 - 2020

Following the successful completion of the 2007 – 2014 North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER Programme, we have successfully secured £2.33 million for a new Programme in the area from 2015 – 2020. The new Programme will focus on supporting local growth opportunities and creating jobs under six priority areas of activity including farm productivity, rural tourism and micro and small enterprise.

The North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER area covers the North York Moors, National Park, the Howardian Hills AONB, the Vale of Pickering, the Hambleton Hills, East Cleveland and the Heritage Coast from Saltburn in the north to Filey in the south.

Our website is home to all our most important Programme information, documentation and news so we hope you find it useful, but please contact us at if you can’t find what you are looking for or would like any further information.

Coastal Communities Funded Project: Sea Life, See Life

The North York Moors National Park Authority secured £455,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund for the 'Sea Life, See Life' project to showcase the natural, fishing, artistic and culinary heritage of villages between Saltburn and Cloughton, such as Robin Hood's Bay, Staithes and Runswick Bay. Thanks to the funding, various activities were delivered to attract new, more affluent visitors who want to learn and do something different, and to encourage more visitors to stay longer and spend more. The project ran from April 2015 until December 2016.

Landscape Partnerships 

This Exploited Land of Iron

This £3.8m Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnership project reveals a trailblazing period of ironstone mining and railway construction across the North York Moors. Historic monuments will be recorded and conserved, the natural environment that has reclaimed these spaces will be nurtured and protected, and the fascinating stories from this forgotten part of our history will be told.


The National Park Authority and its partners have been successful at the first stage of securing £2 million of Heritage Lottery Fund money to develop our next Landscape Partnership Scheme – Ryevitalise. The scheme, under development, will help appreciate and enhance the Rye’s verdant landscape and clear waters, resulting in a more natural, better functioning and better understood landscape.

Wildlife and landscape conservation

Esk and Coastal Streams Catchment

The Esk and Coastal Streams Catchment Partnership, a partnership between the Yorkshire Esk Rivers Trust and North York Moors National Park, are delivering education initiatives, community monitoring schemes and habitat restoration works to improve and conserve the catchment for future generation to enjoy.

Cornfield Flowers project

Many of our rarest plants, particularly arable weeds, are on the point of extinction in the North York Moors. We have been working with a range of partners and volunteers to collect seed, raise plants and plant on in safe sites.

Pearl Mussel project

The pearl mussels in the River Esk are the last surviving population in Yorkshire. We are carrying out restoration work on the river with the help of landowners, to improve the habitat and have a captive breeding programme in the hope that we will be able to re-introduce juvenile mussels into the river.

Levisham Estate

Levisham Estate is owned and cared for by us on behalf of the nation. We work with local farmers to ensure that this special area is conserved for future generations to enjoy. Find out about the flood control measures that we've been carrying out on the estate to reduce and delay the movement of rainfall downstream.

Slowing the Flow at Pickering

Slowing the Flow, led by Forest Research, is exploring a new approach to flood management to reduce the frequency of future floods in Pickering. This project is a partnership of players involved in local land use management and planning, including ourselves.

A helping hand for water voles

Once a common sight in the North York Moors, water voles have recently suffered a massive decline. We are carrying out work to enhance suitable habitat in an attempt to reverse the decline.

Himalayan Balsam control along the River Seph

Himalayan Balsam is a non-native invasive plant species often found on riverbanks. We have been working with the local community, contractors and volunteers to carry out control work along the River Seph and its tributaries to prevent the further spread of this plant.

Historic environment

Bee Bole conservation project

In earlier times bees were brought to the moors and kept in ‘bee boles’, or recesses, set into specially built stone walls. Glaisdale has one of the country’s most remarkable surviving examples, possibly dating back to the 18th century, and we have been managing a conservation project that aims to protect these extremely rare structures.

Boltby Scar excavation

To the north of Sutton Bank, the former Iron Age hillfort at Boltby Scar has been the subject of three excavations in recent years. Aided by volunteers, the Landscape Research Centre has been working with us to piece together the story of this thousands of years old place. 

Lastingham Mill

Dating from the eighteenth century, this important surviving watermill has had extensive work to secure it for the future. 

Nelson Gate

This famous and much-loved landmark on the Thirsk to Helmsley road at the southern entrance to Duncombe Park is being conserved.

Old Park Farm gin gang

Gin gangs or horse engine houses were once a common site in the North York Moors. Sadly few remain. An Historic Buildings Grant has enabled the farmer to save this important building.

Conservation area projects

Conservation Area Enhancement Grants have supported work to houses in Lythe, Rosedale Abbey, Thornton le Dale and Helmsley, which have enabled original features to be restored, so enhancing the character of these pretty villages and market towns.

Managing our monuments

The North York Moors National Park has 842 Scheduled Monuments - nationally important archaeological sites which are protected by law - a higher density than anywhere else in Yorkshire. A grant from Historic England is helping us to conserve these ancient monuments and to remove them from the Heritage at Risk Register.

Encouraging understanding and promoting access

Community access project

We are working with local communities to help them improve paths within and between communities. Local people are gaining skills so that they will be able to care for the paths in the future.

Lime and Ice

Events, working with schools and volunteer experiences were all ways the Lime & Ice project sought to enhance understanding about the distinctive landscape heritage of the south-west corner of the National Park and the adjoining northern Howardian Hills AONB. This HLF funded partnership project finished summer 2013.