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Heritage Lottery Fund

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Thanks to National Lottery players and Heritage Lottery funding, we are currently delivering three partnership projects with heritage and nature conservation at their heart.

North Yorkshire Turtle Dove Project

Thanks to a £64,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), this partnership project aims to halt the dramatic decline in Turtle Dove numbers and will enable vital research and conservation work to be undertaken.

Landscape Partnerships

Landscape Partnerships, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, bring together members of the community as well as local, regional, and national organisations to deliver schemes, which benefit some of the UK’s most outstanding landscapes and rural communities and put heritage conservation at the heart of rural regeneration. They do this by conserving habitats at landscape-scale, promoting joined-up management, reviving long-lost skills, and  more. HLF-funded projects make a major contribution to work in the UK on implementing the European Landscape Convention. We are currently involved in two Landscape Partnership projects.

Land of Iron

This £3.8m Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnership project reveals a trailblazing period of ironstone mining and railway construction across the North York Moors. Historic monuments will be recorded and conserved, the natural environment that has reclaimed these spaces will be nurtured and protected, and the fascinating stories from this forgotten part of our history will be told.


The National Park Authority and its partners have been successful at the first stage of securing £2 million of Heritage Lottery Fund money to develop our next Landscape Partnership Scheme – Ryevitalise. The scheme, under development, will help appreciate and enhance the Rye’s verdant landscape and clear waters, resulting in a more natural, better functioning and better understood landscape.

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