Woodland Restoration Team


The Team ensure that diverse broadleaved woodland is establishing on ancient woodland sites by maintaining planted trees, protecting naturally regenerating broadleaves and removing self-seeded conifers and any invasive non-native species. This will ensure that existing wildlife value is not lost and that the future of this high priority habitat is secured. They carry out essential maintenance work in recently planted woodlands which will include weeding, resetting of any tree guards still required as well as supplementary tree and scrub planting to increase the diversity of species, structure and pollen sources. This includes the maintenance of sites where school children throughout the National Park planted locally propagated Juniper to secure the recovery of this locally rare species.

Anya and Alan's Wood

Anya and Alan’s wood was created in 1998 as a memorial to Anya McCracken, Head of Conservation at the National Park who died on 1 March 1998 following a horse riding accident near Rievaulx Bridge. Subsequently a Trust was set up with the intention of creating a fitting memorial and of contributing to conservation in the North York Moors. A woodland memorial was planned and the Hawnby Estate generously agreed to a long lease on a peppercorn rent to the National Park Authority. The Anya McCracken Trust provided trees and materials and the National Park Authority arranged a volunteer task to plant the woodland. The Authority provides management, staff and volunteer time to manage the woodland. A carved memorial stone depicting the landscape of the area was placed in the approximate centre of the wood.

Art Award 2022

This award is an opportunity for artists to encapsulate and present their vision of aspects of the North York Moors which may be influenced by personal feelings and experiences that are generated by interacting with this most beautiful area.

The natural world has always been one of the most celebrated settings onto which many artists project their beliefs, feelings, and the most celebrated and progressive ideas about the new trends and developments that art should reflect. Art can renew our connection with nature, from the picture that appreciates nature for what it is, to the challenging piece expressing our complex human connection to nature. Art can address environmental issues and topics about conservation, sustainability, preservation, biodiversity, and threatened habitats.

River Esk and Coastal Streams Catchment Partnership

The Esk and Coastal Streams Catchment Partnership is an integrated partnership joint hosted by The North York Moors National Park Trust and the North York Moors National Park. The partnership is made up of 11 partners from all across the river Esk catchment and beyond; these consist of non-governmental organisations, relevant government agencies, relevant local authorities, internal drainage boards and other interested bodies.  This cooperative approach is essential for pooling together expertise and resources, sharing ideas, data and projects on both the small and wide scale. This all helps to steer the direction of conservation projects, ultimately enhancing the health and ecology of the Esk catchment for the future. The partnership is primarily funded by DEFRA, through the Environment Agencies water environment improvement fund (WEIF) and facilitated through the Catchment Based Approach.

North Yorkshire Turtle Dove Project

The North Yorkshire Turtle Dove Project (NYTDP) is a volunteer-led initiative that looks to help address the dramatic declines in our Turtle Dove population through:

  • volunteer-based survey work/citizen science;
  • working with land managers to create/improve suitable habitat and improve land management practices;
  • engage local communities and schools to raise awareness and increase participation in practical conservation;
  • Build links and share best practice with national and international partners.

In addition to Turtle Dove, the land management improvements, awareness raising initiatives and surveys has also improved the fortunes of other ‘at risk’ bird species within the project area such as Song Thrush and Yellowhammer.   

Young Ranger Award

The award recognises the best contributions by young people aged 21 or under who have made a meaningful contribution to conservation, improved visitor access or have worked closely with local communities within, or close to, the National Park.