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National Park reminder to ‘leave nothing but footprints’

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The North York Moors National Park Authority is reminding all those who live in, work in and visit the area that it is a criminal offence to drop or leave litter. The message comes as organisations around the world mark World Environment Day on 5 June, with the theme for 2018 being ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.

Since the beginning of the year, volunteers and staff at the National Park have undertaken a number of litter picks at locations including Blakey Ridge, Lockwood Beck and Hutton le Hole. On each occasion, up to 40 refuse sacks of rubbish have been collected, with bottles, cans, coffee cups and nappies all commonplace. Sadly, Rangers have reported that within an hour of completing a litter pick, new items of rubbish have been found.

As the busy summer period approaches, the Authority is asking people to take extra care not to leave litter, including ensuring that rubbish cannot blow out of open car windows. If people come across litter left by others, please set an example by picking it up (providing this does not pose a risk), and disposing of it properly.

Debbie Trafford, Head of Recreation and Ranger Services said:  

“Many of us have started to think much more consciously about what we throw away. Recycling is now the norm for most households and we are slowly moving towards choosing more reusable or biodegradable options. This feels like great progress, which makes it all the more disheartening that for some individuals, the basic message of taking your rubbish home with you just isn’t getting through.

“The National Park is a special place and the presence of litter on our beautiful beaches, in our hedgerows and on the roadside isn’t just unsightly and unpleasant, but is a threat to the wildlife that we all love to see.

“We urge everybody to think carefully about the rubbish they produce as they enjoy a glorious summer day in the Park. Please ensure that any empty packaging is taken home and where possible, recycled. Remember that reusable water flasks can be filled for free at both the Moors National Park Centre at Danby and the Sutton Bank Visitor Centre.”

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Media contact

Nina Beadle, 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 7.9 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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