Improving the environment is one of Moor Sustainable’s key themes.
Improving Great Ayton for People and Wildlife running from January 2019.
Following the work in Waterfall Park in Great Ayton, Moor Sustainable is working with Great Ayton Parish Council to improve the planting in the public areas of the village to make it more attractive to people and wildlife.
The first phase will run from January – June 2019, funded by North Yorkshire County Council’s Stronger Communities Programme with support from Great Ayton Parish Council and Brighten Up Great Ayton group, with:
- A launch walk around the village, leading to a plan for the village identifying a planting scheme which is resilient to climate change, including where and what to plant to benefit pollinators and look attractive, that is easy to maintain for a group of volunteers;
- Training for those involved in the Brighten Up Great Ayton group and those that offered to help maintain Waterfall Park related to the role of bees in pollinating and how to maintain public planting;
- Equipment for volunteers;
- Bulbs, plants and seeds that are attractive to pollinators;
Funding is now being sought for phase 2: July 2019 – March 2020
for bee, bird and bat boxes; to inform people about the work through a pollinator trail; to improve access to the riverside at Low Green; and to improve the water quality.
Hunt for Herbs running from April – October 2018.
During these months we will be adding information to the site about the herb planters on the platforms of the stations along the Esk Valley community railway line; a photo competition; a Hunt for Herbs afternoon of talks and tasting; and wild herbs to look out for on walks between or near stations in the Esk Valley. This project is funded through the Land of Iron programme with the support of the North York Moors National Park Authority, Heritage Lottery Fund and David Ross Foundation.
Waterfall Park Great Ayton, running from June – September 2018.
Moor Sustainable is managing some work in Waterfall Park (opposite Suggitt’s) to make it more accessible and attractive. This has been funded by Hambleton District Council’s Making a Difference Fund and Great Ayton Parish Council. This work complements the Parish Council’s plan to replace the Whitbread Memorial Bridge into the park with one accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs.
We have also undertaken the following projects to help improve the environment in North East Yorkshire.
- Seed swap – Moor Sustainable organised a spring seed swap to make use of spare seeds and find different things to grow.
- Coppicing course – Moor Sustainable provided the opportunity for 8 people to learn how to coppice trees by facilitating a coppicing course in Danby. The course was for people interested in developing their coppicing skills both for their own use and within the community. The two-day course was delivered by Heritage Crafts Alliance and subsidised by Defra in December 2013/January 2014.
- Training from OPAL – 11 professionals from 4 local organisations were trained by Dr Alison Dyke of York University and OPAL, in October 2014. The session explored OPAL‘s suite of citizen science surveys and considered the best ways to use them with community groups, families and schools. Participating organisations: Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, Redcar Adult Learning Service, Sustrans/Get Moving Redcar and Cleveland and Moor Sustainable.