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National Park secures woodland funding to help green recovery

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The North York Moors National Park is set to have large areas of its woodland restored and conserved, thanks to a grant of over £160,000 from the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. Alongside the significant environmental benefits, the project will employ four new full-time members of staff, with three of these positions going to young people aged 16-24 years old.

Across England, Defra has awarded 68 projects with grants of between £62k and £3.8 million to help kick-start nature-based schemes while creating and retaining jobs.

The North York Moors National Park Authority and the North York Moors National Park Trust have together been successful in securing one of the first of these grants.

Tom Hind, Chair of the North York Moors National Park Trust, said:

“The North York Moors contains some outstanding woodland habitats, but if we want our woodlands to support as much native wildlife as possible, then they require ongoing care and maintenance. By removing invasive species and planting additional trees and shrubs where needed, we will boost diversity, increase pollen sources and help secure the future of these high priority habitats.”

The newly-formed Woodland Restoration Team will begin work in January, with the project running for 15 months until March 2022. Throughout this time the group will receive training and develop skills which will help them secure similar employment locally or to become self-employed contractors.

National Park volunteers will also work alongside the Woodland Restoration Team on tasks including the removal and recycling of up to 115,000 redundant plastic tree guards.

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is a key part of Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan to kick-start nature recovery and tackle climate change. The fund is being delivered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.

Environment Minister, Rebecca Pow, said:

“These projects will drive forward work across England to restore and transform our landscapes, boost nature and create green jobs, and will be a vital part of helping us to build back greener from coronavirus.

“I look forward to working with environmental organisations as these projects help address the twin challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change, while creating and retaining jobs as part of the green recovery.”


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About the North York Moors National Park Trust

The North York Moors National Park Trust champions the protection and improvement of the North York Moors, the wildlife it supports, and aims to keep local traditions and heritage alive.

The Trust has been established by the North York Moors National Park Authority with the aim that it will grow over time to play a significant and important role in securing the future of the North York Moors National Park and its communities.

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The North York Moors National Park Authority 

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 huge 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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