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Farmers urged to have say towards ‘revolutionary’ new land management scheme

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Working alongside Defra, the North York Moors National Park Authority is calling on farmers and land managers to assist in the creation of a brand new land management scheme that will deliver positive outcomes for both the environment and those whose livelihoods depend on the sustainable management of the land.

Defra aims to create a new Environmental Land Management scheme (ELMs) that would deliver flexible long-term environmental objectives over the next 25 years, such as thriving plants and wildlife, clean air as well as mitigation/adaptation to climate change.

To support the development of this new scheme, staff from the North York Moors National Park Authority are urging farmers and land managers within the National Park to have their say through the completion of a questionnaire that will be released in early January 2020.

Rebecca Thompson, Future Farming Policy Officer for the National Park said:

“This is the first time that farmers and land managers have had the opportunity to help co-design a revolutionary new approach towards land management. We do not underestimate the need to develop a plan that benefits both land managers as well as the environment and so it is vital that farmers come forward. At such a critical time for the environment it is vital that we all play our part towards a sustainable future.”

As part of the programme, farmers and land managers will have a contract to deliver environmental outcomes alongside their primary business supplying market products. ELMs will provide farmers, foresters and land managers with the opportunity to derive an income in return for delivering environmental benefits, fostering a more business led partnership approach between farmers, land managers and Defra.

The National Park Authority’s role is to identify which environmental benefits farmers and land managers within the National Park want to deliver as well as developing a tool to model the economic impact of a proposed scheme and the impact this has on different farming sectors within the National Park. There will also be focus groups and 1-2-1 interviews to collate more information.

For those farmers and land managers who wish to take part, please contact Rebecca via email on r.thompson@northyorkmoors.org.uk to be put on the distribution list. Alternatively, for more information please call Rebecca on 01439 772700.

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Media contact

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

press@northyorkmoors.org.uk

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 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 is available on this website.