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Resilient in the face of climate change: National Park seeks views on its future vision for the North York Moors

Coastal view towards Robin Hood's Bay by Ebor ImagesCoastal view towards Robin Hood's Bay by Ebor Images

29 November 2021

By 2040 the North York Moors will have bigger, better and more diverse wildlife habitats, a flourishing net zero carbon economy and thriving, connected local communities. These objectives are amongst those put forward in the newly published draft Management Plan for the National Park, a document which is now open to the public for consultation.

Tom Hind, Chief Executive of the North York Moors National Park Authority, said:

“We wanted this new plan to be short, clear and something which drives action on the ground.

“It isn’t something we’ve produced alone, but in partnership with many others, all of whom are connected to the National Park in different ways. Together, we’ve identified some of the key challenges the North York Moors faces and how we intend to combat these issues head on. We’re now asking if this draft version meets your expectations. We invite discussion, input and feedback so that the final plan can properly reflect as wide a range of views as possible.”

Included in the draft Management Plan are actions around mitigating climate change; the future of farming and land management; lifting the nation’s health and wellbeing; and addressing the lack of affordable housing for younger people. There are also clear objectives around stimulating nature recovery and carbon absorption, such as encouraging wilder spaces and promoting the restoration of blanket bog and peat. Cycling, too has its own special objective, with plans to promote the North York Moors National Park as the premier recreational and family cycling destination in the north of England.

The priorities for the draft plan were decided following a series of conversations with stakeholders and partners over the last year.  The current consultation is open until 21 January 2022 and is an opportunity for anyone with an interest in the North York Moors to have their say. The views of younger generations are particularly sought.

“This is the most significant document that the National Park produces and as yet its proposals are not set in stone,” said Tom Hind.

“I believe however that one thing is clear, the North York Moors will need to change and adapt. We need to be more resilient to drier summers and wetter winters. Our buildings need to be more energy efficient and our landscapes must sequester more carbon as well as work harder for nature and biodiversity. All of this must be achieved with great sensitivity to the special qualities of the National Park; ensuring we enhance rather than lose those characteristics that make the North York Moors so distinctive and unique.”

To read the draft Management Plan and share your feedback, please visit northyorkmoors.org.uk/managementplan

You can also email managementplan@northyorkmoors.org.uk

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Media contacts

Nina Beadle, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority. 
Tel: 01439 772577
Email: press@northyorkmoors.org.uk

Partnership working in the preparation of the draft Management Plan

The draft Management Plan was prepared with the help and support of many partner organisations and individuals across farming, land management, tourism, local government and statutory agencies.

Three working groups were convened to help develop the plan, covering the following themes: Nature Recovery, Landscapes for All, and Living and Working Landscapes. Partners such as Natural England, the Forestry Commission, Historic England, The Moorland Association, local councils, and the North York Moors Tourism Network were all represented on these groups, and it is intended that this partnership approach will continue once the final Management Plan is adopted and its actions are delivered on the ground.

The North York Moors National Park Authority  

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres) the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 7.9 million visitors a year.

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a huge variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

To view other press releases and for further information about the North York Moors National Park, visit www.northyorkmoors.org.uk