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Ryevitalise is an ambitious scheme with a vision to 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. Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, North York Moors National Park Authority and partners, this £3.4 million scheme will run between summer 2019 and 2023.

The Ryevitalise area incorporates 413km2 of the western Rye catchment, including the Rivers Seph and Riccal. The area demonstrates a coherent landscape unified by the river corridors in terms of both character and functionality, and at a scale that will have the most meaningful and sustainable impact.  

Ryevitalise Landscape Partnership Scheme Map

Ryevitalise Landscape Partnership Scheme Map

The Rye is a glistening and dynamic landmark connecting the Cleveland Hills overlooking Teesside in the north and the Howardian Hills to the south. It flows through steep dales and ancient woodland, the parkland and the arable. It feeds the landscape and the ecology, beckoning communities together, a thing of strength and beauty, a fragile resource to protect and nurture.

Ryevitalise crosses boundaries: the river does not recognise these. The Ryevitalise area focuses on the western Rye catchment, an area with a common cultural identity, including the south western area of the National Park and parts of the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, alongside other areas. The area sits entirely within the catchment of the River Derwent.

The ambition for the Partnership is to establish the Rye as a basis for common action: to see the river and the flow of water as a unifying element which joins communities, heritage and wildlife together. Implementation of this ideal will be threefold, each theme derived from the River.

  • Water Quality and Environment – working with land managers to improve the aquatic habitats of the Rye, and the rare and threatened species that the river and wider landscape supports;
  • Water Level Management – harnessing natural flood processes to create a more naturally functioning river; and
  • Reconnecting People – improving understanding of the river landscape by telling the story of its evolution and encouraging people to protect their heritage.

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