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National Park takes new steps to tackle litter

National Park staff collecting litterNational Park staff collecting litter

12 June 2020

The Education and Ranger teams from the North York Moors National Park Authority are taking steps to instil a positive change in those who are unaware of the damaging impacts of litter.

The Authority has increased the staff and volunteer presence to deal with this issue across the National Park and now members of the Education team will work alongside rangers at visitor hotspots. Staff and volunteers will engage with visitors and help them to enjoy the countryside responsibly to everyone’s benefit.

Mary-Jane Alexander, Youth Engagement Officer for the Authority, said: “Following recent littering, including one scenario where our rangers had to pull 20 bags of rubbish from the water, we just want more people to be aware of the impacts this will have on both our wildlife and the local communities who call the National Park their home.

“Since social distancing measures were first put in place, many people have revaluated what the countryside means to them. By not being allowed to travel, more people recognise just how important it is to be able to get out and explore nature, but we must understand the importance of protecting such spaces. Therefore, myself and others will be out and about to encourage others to do so.”

The new initiative also includes working alongside the Authority’s Young Rangers, aged between 11 and 17.

Mary-Jane added: “Our Young Rangers have come up with some wonderful ideas and we will be looking to roll some of these out in the weeks to come. These young people are the perfect role models of how to safely and responsibly enjoy the National Park and we would hope for others to look to them for inspiration.”

The Authority would also like to remind everyone that social distancing measures are still in place and are continuing to urge people to either avoid busy hotspots or to continue to exercise close to their own homes.

If you are heading to or around the National Park social distancing must be maintained. According to the latest Government guidance, you are allowed to meet outdoors in a group of up to 6 people with those you do not live with, whilst observing social distancing guidelines and keeping at least 2 metres apart.

Everyone may spend time outdoors with groups of up to six people from outside your household or support bubble from 13 June. You should stay alert and always practise social distancing with people from outside of your household or support bubble, keeping 2 metres apart. If you would like to learn more please go to:

The Authority has also put together lots of advice on travelling safely around the National Park, including a list of quieter spots.

Stay updated with the latest actions the Authority has taken in response to Coronavirus.


Media contact

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 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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