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North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER Programme

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2015-2020 North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER Programme

Following the submission of a Local Development Strategy (LDS) which determined the priorities for the programme, at the end of 2014, £2.33 million of funding was secured for the 2015-2020 North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER Programme. This funding has now all been allocated to a range of projects around the area and across the following six priorities:

  • Farm Productivity
  • Micro and Small Business / Farm Diversification
  • Rural Tourism
  • Rural Services
  • Culture and Heritage
  • Forestry Productivity

The focus of the 2015 – 2020 LEADER Programme has been to support activity which will result in the creation of new employment opportunities and growth in the local economy. Over the last four years we have successfully allocated all funding received to 68 projects across the 6 priority areas. Together these 68 projects have secured an additional £2.83 million of private sector investment bring the total investment during this programming period to £5.16 million.

In total 69 businesses have been directly supported, 53.7 new FTE (full time equivalent) jobs have been created, nearly 65,000 additional day visitors, around 7,000 additional overnight visitors, and 48 new techniques are now used – mainly by farm and forestry businesses to improve productivity.

The projects which have been supported are wide and varied and include several mobile sheep handling systems and robotic milkers, an extension to the Cedarbarn Farm Shop and Café, an artificial caving system, improvements to the Cleveland Way at Boggle Hole, improvements to the outdoor pool in Helmsley, and the restoration of the Captain Cook Memorial Garden in Great Ayton.

Entrance at Cedarbarn Farm Shop and Cafe

Panel, Steps and Fingerpost at Boggle Hole

Captain Cooks Memorial Garden, Great Ayton

The interactive map below identifies all 68 projects supported, along with a brief description and the grant awarded.

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The 2015-2020 North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER Programme has been funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.