Grants available for hedgerow and drystone walling improvements

Grants of up to £2,000 are now on offer to land managers in the North York Moors National Park for hedgerow planting and drystone walling.

Image: North York Moors National Park
Image: North York Moors National Park

The Traditional Boundary Scheme seeks to restore and improve traditional field boundaries, which form an important part of the landscape character across the National Park. The parks authority offers the fund to help landowners improve, protect and restore these traditional features, which include drystone wall restoration, hedge laying, coppicing and gapping up.

Conservation Projects Assistant Roy McGhie said: "The Traditional Boundary Scheme offers an excellent way for land managers to restore field boundaries, which deliver multiple benefits for everyone involved. The walls and hedges of the National Park act as stock-proof boundaries, reduce erosion, provide shelter for animals, increase habitat connectivity as well as providing the aesthetic landscape character that makes our National Park so distinctive."

The Traditional Boundary Scheme is a competitive scheme that can grant-aid traditional field boundaries in the national park providing they do not already receive funding from other sources. Priority is given to those boundaries which are most visible from a public right of way or of particular historical or environmental interest. For more information visit http://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/tbs.

The current application window will close on 31 March 2017. It is anticipated that there will be a further round of applications later in the year.

 

 


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