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Lottery Cash For North York Moors Projects

Lottery Cash For North York Moors Projects

Published by Matthew Pells at 11:40am 8th January 2020. (Updated at 11:45am 8th January 2020)

The North York Moors National Park Authority has received over £160k from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for it's National Park Explorers and Young Rangers project.

The project encourages young people and families, particularly those of low-income in North Yorkshire and Teeside to learn, play and interact with nature in the National Park, whilst also playing a significant role in its conservation.

Those who take up the mantle of being a National Park Explorer or Young Ranger are provided with a range of activities and training including hedge and tree planting, monitoring scheduled monuments and conservation skills.

Heather McNiff, Head of Education and Youth Engagement at the North York Moors National Park Authority said,

“We are delighted to be awarded funding to support the expansion of both our Explorer Club and Young Ranger scheme. We are truly thankful to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and to all the players who have made this possible. Both initiatives inspire participants to engage and learn more about the stunning surroundings of the National Park in a meaningful and practical way. They help instill a sense of care and stewardship for the land that we hope will continue beyond the project. We also have a ‘microgrant’ that they can access once they finish to help them continue on their volunteering journey, either with us or in their own communities. 

With funding now in place it will enable us to expand our reach to families, children and young people from areas of deprivation within North Yorkshire and Teesside. Both projects have been recognised for their significant benefits to health and wellbeing, self-confidence and independence, as well as the development of social and environmental responsibility following a Social Return on Investment report. We are therefore thrilled to see these advantages benefiting many more young people and their families as well as expanding the reach of our beautiful National Park. We are currently on the hunt for volunteers to help support the project and so for anyone interested please contact our Education team on 01439 772700.”

The North York Moors National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 8 million visitors a year.

 

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