Author Archives: Caryn Loftus

Climate local – new group to take action on climate change

Last month the Stokesley and Villages Community Partnership of local councils and community groups adopted a commitment to take action in a changing climate.

The Partnership agreed that the priorities for the Stokesley & Villages Community Plan will support local councils, community groups and individuals to work towards a zero-carbon area through:

• increasing opportunities for connecting with nature and local communities; 
• improving public transport and walking / cycling networks;
• encouraging local food initiatives;
• sharing stories showing how people and organisations are reducing their carbon footprint locally.

A new group is being formed to help the communities in Stokesley and the surrounding villages to take action on climate change by supporting and developing local initiatives to reduce carbon emissions or adapt to the changing climate.


All welcome to the first meeting of the group which will be on Thursday 11th July, 7:30 – 9:00 pm in The Stokesley Room, Stokesley Town Hall, Market Place, Stokesley TS9 5DG.

For further information email Caryn Loftus or tel. 01642 723137.

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New mini-orchard in Great Ayton

As part of their 25th anniversary Broadacres Housing Association, staff planted fruit trees and wildflowers at the entrance of Beech Close, Great Ayton. They were helped by members of the Brighten Up Great Ayton group and botanist Martin Allen. The planting was part of a new plan to improve the planting in Great Ayton to make it more attractive for people and pollinators. Funding from North Yorkshire County Council’s Stronger Communities programme helped put the plan together.

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The Time Is Now: Mass Lobby for climate, nature, and people!

Moor Sustainable is based in Great Ayton and we’re sending a representative on the 26th June to meet the MP for the area, Rishi Sunak, to stress #TheTimeIsNow to take action to protect our climate, nature and people during the mass lobby of Parliament organised by The Climate Coalition.

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Community apple pressing

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Moor Sustainable Community Interest Company has been awarded a grant of £4,912 by the National Lottery Community Fund to run a community apple pressing project this autumn.  Thanks to National Lottery players we will be able to buy apple crushers and presses and run community apple pressing days in several villages in the northern part of the North York Moors including Great Ayton, Commondale and Lythe.   The apple juicing days will be enjoyable community events where people can bring buckets of apples from trees in their garden and go away with lovely fresh juice – a fun activity for all the family. For more details see our community apple pressing page.

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Successful pollinator walk

Thank you to the twenty people who braved the elements to take part in our planning for pollinators walk in Great Ayton on Sunday. Martin Allen, who led the walk, will put together a plan for the village suggesting how we can increase the plants that are attractive to look at and great for pollinators.

Following the walk, the Brighten Up Great Ayton group will be meeting tomorrow afternoon (Thursday 14th March) between 2 and 4 pm to start work on the village hall garden. All welcome to help with the gardening or to have a chat about what is planned.

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