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River Rye at Low Locker by Liz BassindaleRiver Rye at Low Locker by Liz Bassindale

The Rye’s lush valleys and clear waters have been prized for millennia for their beauty, rich wildlife and tranquillity. Attracting monks to Rievaulx and described by Turner as a ‘picturesque view’, the Rye provides romantic settings for grand landscapes at Duncombe Park and Nunnington Hall.

Once a lifeblood for communities, providing water and power, our connection to the river is being lost. ‘Ryevitalise’ is a £2.8 million Landscape Partnership Scheme currently in development, which, if successful at stage-two application, will deliver a four-year programme from spring 2019. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, North York Moors National Park Authority and partners, and inspired by local communities, the project will revitalise the Rye’s natural and cultural heritage, reconnecting people to the river and supporting the regeneration of the landscape through an exciting mix of projects. Examples of specific areas of interest include:

  • Identifying priority high-value habitats for restoration and expansion, combating invasive species and creating habitat corridors that allow wildlife to roam without obstacle.
  • Developing a deeper understanding of our rare and important species, such as the Alcathoe bat and the white-clawed crayfish.
  • Restoring the Rye’s ancient woodland.
  • Improving water quality by supporting work to reduce pollution.
  • Providing a diverse range of community engagement and education initiatives, including a ‘young angler’ initiative and the opportunity to take part in ‘citizen science’ research projects.

The stage-two application to the Heritage Lottery Fund is currently under development, and is due to be submitted in October 2018. Consultation events begin in November 2017 and will continue through to late spring. The team look forward to meeting with and talking to as many people as possible, ensuring the project incorporates a vast wealth of local knowledge and ideas.

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