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National Park offers ‘trees for free’ as part of COVID-19 recovery fund

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Landowners within the North York Moors National Park are being given the opportunity to have trees planted on their land for free, as part of a new fund set up in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Following a revised budget, the North York Moors National Park Authority set up a Rural Recovery Fund to help deal with the local consequences of COVID-19, which now includes a grant scheme aimed at planting the veteran trees of the future.

Briony Fox, Director of Conservation at the Authority, said: “This initiative will help contribute towards a ‘green recovery’ by delivering conservation outcomes in line with our Management Plan that engage local people and local contractors in tree planting and by sourcing trees from local nurseries.

“The financial implications of COVID-19 will have been felt by many across the area and so we are eager to engage with local businesses and individuals. This is a great opportunity for all landowners who wish to have a positive impact on the future ecology of the National Park, but to all those who wish to support local businesses at what is a very challenging time.”

Alasdair Fagan, Woodland Creation Officer at the Authority, also added: “This funding is particularly crucial now as we are witnessing the loss of many of our ash trees due to the widespread ash die-back disease, so it is important that we actively encourage more tree planting.”

The Authority will fund 100% of the work, including the costs of the trees, materials, planting labour and follow-up maintenance for the first few years. Landowners can easily access this fund by simply sending a map of where they would like the trees to be planted to, alongside as much detail as possible regarding location and any other queries. You can alternatively send a map and contact details via post to The Old Vicarage, Bondgate, Helmsley, York, YO62 5BP.

The fund is intended for individual field and hedgerow trees and so any landowners who are interested in woodland planting of over 1 hectare should consider the Authority’s Woodland Creation Grant Scheme, which you can learn more on the Woodland Creation webpage. Alternatively, contact Alasdair via email at: or by phone on: 01439 772700. The initiative has already led to the creation of over 80 hectares of woodland and wood pasture since 2017, which is equivalent to over 80,000 trees.


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Charlie Fox, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority
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 8.4 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.

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