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Community invited to ‘make a difference’ by taking part in National Park’s tree planting day

Participants on a tree planting eventParticipants on a tree planting event

The Ryevitalise Landscape Partnership is on the hunt for members of the public to help plant hundreds of trees as part of an ambitious project to improve water quality and restore biodiversity along the River Rye and its tributaries. On 8 February the Ryevitalise team, from the North York Moors National Park Authority, are aiming to plant 800 trees at a local farm in Bilsdale along the banks of the river Seph and are inviting more people to get involved.

The team will be carrying out the work as part of their Habitat Restoration and Water Quality project, which is one part of the larger Ryevitalise Landscape Partnership Scheme supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, North York Moors National Park Authority and other partners.

Ryevitalise Programme Manager Alexandra Cripps said: “Trees are magnificent in their own right, providing important habitats for a wide range of flora and fauna including species such as the rare alcathoe bat, but they also play a vital role in improving water quality and acting as a carbon sink.

“We are all aware of the need to conserve our fragile environment and to do our bit to help tackle the climate crisis. By joining our dedicated team on the tree planting day you can make a real difference and be part of this exciting project to give something back to our precious landscape.”

The planting of these trees along the river will help stabilise the river’s banks via their extensive root systems and good canopy cover, as well as filtering runoff from the surrounding landscape. Preventing sediment and nutrient inputs into the river will improve water quality, create a more naturally functioning river and help restore aquatic habitats, which are vital for the survival of species such as white-clawed crayfish, trout and lamprey that can be found in the Rye catchment.

The event will be taking place from 10am – 1pm on 8 February with everyone meeting at Chop Gate Village Hall Car Park (TS9 7JW) where one of the team will be on hand to welcome you and show you to the planting site. Tools and equipment will be provided and participants are also advised to wear suitable outdoor clothing including sturdy boots.

This is a drop-in event so there is no need to book, but if you would like to learn more please contact the Ryevitalise team on 01439 772700 or by email at: To learn more about the wider aims of the Ryevitalise scheme please visit the project's homepage.

The team will also be working alongside the National Parks Young Ranger and Explorer Club on 15 February for another tree planting day, but this is not open to the public.


Media contact

Charlie Fox, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority
01439 772700

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 8 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 wide 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.

Further information about the North York Moors National Park and other press releases are available on this website

About the Ryevitalise project

The project will cover a huge area of 413km square kilometres, spanning from the Cleveland Hills in the west of the North York Moors to the area around Hovingham in the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The overall aim of the scheme is to revitalise the River Rye's natural and cultural heritage, reconnecting people with the river, its wildlife, history and landscape through an exciting range of projects. To learn more please visit the project's homepage.

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