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Traditional Boundary Scheme 2019/20

If you manage land within the North York Moors National Park:

  • Are you looking to plant a new hedge along a field boundary, or do you have a hedge which could do with gapping up with new hedge plants, or perhaps laying or coppicing?
  • Or do you have a dry stone wall which needs restoration?

The application window is now open for the North York Moors National Park Authority’s Traditional Boundary Scheme (TBS) for 2019/20. Grants of up to £2,000 are available for land managers within the North York Moors National Park to help towards dry stone walling restoration and hedgerow restoration or planting. These traditional boundaries form a big part of the landscape character of the area and are an important feature of the historic environment. They also provide wildlife habitat and shelter for stock, as well as reduce soil erosion across the National Park.

To be eligible for this scheme the field boundaries must be visible from a public right of way or road. The TBS is a competitive scheme; the more visible the boundary is the higher it will score. Applications for partial boundary restoration (i.e. restoring only 100m of a completely derelict wall that is 150m long) are not usually eligible. The full details and conditions can be found in the TBS Guidelines below.

How do I apply?

Please see the Traditional Boundary Scheme (TBS) information available to download below.

Please read the 'Traditional Boundary Scheme Guidelines' before completing the application form. If you want to apply please download and complete the application form - this may be completed electronically and sent to tbs@northyorkmoors.org.uk, or printed and sent in by post to the National Park Office in Helmsley.

Application Deadlines

This year's application window closes on Friday 17 May 2019. 

How are the grants allocated?

Applications received on or before the deadline of 17 May 2019 will be assessed against the TBS grant criteria. The applications scoring the highest number of points will be offered a grant. The scheme usually receives more applications than it has available grant, so unfortunately it is likely that not all eligible applications will be successful.

Information to Download

TBS Guidelines (pdf)

Standard Payment Rates (pdf)

Application Form (pdf)

Application Form (Word document)

Process Flow Diagram (pdf)

Practical Works Guidelines (pdf)

We look forward to receiving your application. If you have any questions about the Traditional Boundary Scheme, please contact the Conservation Department at tbs@northyorkmoors.org.uk or by phone on 01439 772700.

Please note that up until 3 May 2019 it is possible to apply to the RPA for alternative grant funding for boundaries available through the Countryside Stewardship Hedgerow and Boundaries Grant.