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LEADER: community lead approach to rural development

The official blog for the North York Moors National Park

Amy Thomas – North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER Programme Manager

The North York Moors National Park Authority doesn’t only try and conserve the natural and historic environment of the North York Moors; the Authority also has a duty to ‘seek to foster the economic and social well being of local communities’. Often, conserving the environment and supporting local communities can go hand in hand.

We deliver the North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER Programme across the National Park and the wider area around, providing matched funding for community lead rural development projects. LEADER is a European fund for rural communities. Our Programme’s priorities are basic services, village renewal & tourism, and conservation & heritage. Our Programme has been running since 2009 and all the funding is now committed – which is good news because it means we’ve had our money’s worth and we won’t have to give any back.

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Things to do in Yorkshire

Esther's life adventure


I realise that lots of people give generic advice of things to do in the Yorkshire area without ever being very specific so here is my attempt to combat that. If you have any suggestions or ideas please feel free to add, as I will do when I think of them.

East Coast
The Beach (Including the amusements, one can make sand angels, sand castles or on rocky beach areas go rock pooling)

The National Railway Museum (This is free and actually quite enjoyable, they have events on during school holidays and other special events like Christmas if you wanted to utilise your day out)

The deep (I know what you’re thinking it is just a bunch of fish, but once you go once you can convert your ticket for the same price into one that lasts the entire year so multiple trips can be made here after…

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Treehuggers Holiday


As a conservationist, ecologist and outdoorsman, I celebrated National Arbor Day (the last Friday in April) with a walk in the woods and a blog on the logs. Here are four photos of foliage in our neighborhood. Over the past two years, Hurricane Irene, Superstorm Sandy and the blizzards in between have brought down tons of trees in New England. The Arbor Day Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.

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Walk and talk with Pete Everitt & discover how to save up to 50% of your log bills

Hi all and welcome to Tree talk. 
The most important news is the high level of disease that is currently affecting our trees at the moment. Most recently we have had confirmed is Ash die back (Chalara fraxinea) which is potentially as devastating as Dutch Elm Disease of the 1980’s.
Other diseases currently causing concern are : Sudden Oak Death (Phytopthora ramorum), Juniper dieback (Phytopthora austrocedrae), Red Band Needle Blight (Dothistroma septosporum), Larch dieback (Phytopthora ramorum), Sweet chestnut blight (Cryphonectria parasitica) plus many others not quite so damaging.
These diseases have mainly been introduced from Europe and elsewhere in the world mainly due to economic reasons, however, little thought was given to the longer term effect on our forest and woodland health.
These diseases have had a helping hand with the decline in forest and woodland management in recent years due to the cost of thinning etc and lack of markets for the produce.
So what can we do to fight against the possibility of losing major tree species? Firstly, ensure that plantations are adequately thinned with the produce going for at least firewood, for which there is a very healthy market.
The objects of thinning trees are to ensure there is good air flow rather than stagnant conditions which are ideal for fungal growth plus it encourages birds which predate on damaging insects. Secondly, plant healthy and locally produced trees. An effort should also be made to encourage species diversity for obvious reasons.
On a lighter note, now is the time to see the spectacle of new leaves appearing, finally spring may be sprung.
Don’t forget “if the oak is out before the ash, the summer will only be a splash, if the ash is out before the oak”………I’ll leave you to finish the old sayin