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Find out more about some of the previous projects we've been involved with over the last few years.

Natural heritage and land management

Slowing the Flow at Pickering

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

Cornfield Flowers project

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

Cultural heritage

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 managed a conservation project that protected 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 worked 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 has been 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 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 enabled original features to be restored, so enhancing the character of these pretty villages and market towns.

Helping the local economy

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.

Encouraging understanding and promoting access

Community access project

We worked with local communities to help them improve paths within and between communities. Local people also gained the skills needed 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.