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National Lottery Heritage Fund

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Thanks to support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, we are currently delivering four projects with heritage, nature conservation and young people at their heart.

North Yorkshire Turtle Dove Project

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

Explorers and Young Rangers: Building a lifelong connection to nature

Our Explorer Club and Young Rangers schemes have been awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant which will enable us to double the number of families and young people volunteering through them. The grant specifically enables us to work with communities surrounding the National Park for whom transport is a particular barrier in accessing the opportunities on their doorstep.  

Explorer Club families meet once a month, undertaking practical tasks to help look after the National Park whilst also taking part in fun activities to understand what makes it special. Our Young Ranger scheme is open to young people between the ages of 11-17. Again, they meet once a month to learn new skills and undertake conservation tasks. We’re looking for families and young people from the Teesside, Catterick, Whitby and Scarborough areas to come and join our expanding clubs. Find out more about joining our Explorer Club and Young Rangers.

Landscape Partnerships

Landscape Partnerships, supported by The National Lottery Heritage 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. These 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 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.


'Ryevitalise' is a £3.4 million Landscape Partnership Scheme supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and centered around the River Rye catchment. This four year scheme will conserve, enhance and restore the natural and cultural heritage of the area, enabling people to reconnect with the history, wildlife and landscapes of the River Rye and its tributaries, resulting in a more natural, better functioning and better understood landscape.

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