Grants of up to £2,000 are on offer to land managers in The North York Moors National Park to pay for drystone walling and hedgerow restoration.
The Park Authority wants to help landowners improve, protect and restore traditional barriers including drystone wall restoration, hedge laying and gapping up. It has up to £100,000 to grant this financial year and is applying for futher funding.
Conservation project assistant Kirsty Brown said: "Dry stone walls and hedgerows are a hugely important part of our landscape here. These historic boundaries outlast fences by decades, and serve as structures that are both stock proof and provide shelter for livestock."
Some of the park’s dry stone walls are thought to go back to the Iron Age or earlier, with some on the coast being noted from Viking times.
Some of the hedgerows are remnants of ancient woodland margins, something determined by studying the plant species in the hedges.
Brown added: "In addition to the aesthetic appeal, hedges and dry stone walls provide a wonderful range of sheltered habitat for wildlife such as slow worms, bees, field voles, wrens and lichens. Hedgerows can also be an important food source, providing nectar for bees and berries both for the birds and for those of us who enjoy foraging."
Grants will be offered to eligible works on a first-come-first-served basis and the next deadline is the 25 October. All work will need to be completed by 7 February 2014.
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