Improving the environment is one of Moor Sustainable’s key themes.

Pollinator Trail running from October 2019 to March 2021.

Moor Sustainable CIC has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £9,900 for an exciting heritage project, creating a rubbings trail along the High Street in Great Ayton. May 2020 will see the launch of the trail when an activity booklet and leaflet will be available from the Tourist Information section of The Discovery Centre and an augmented reality app will be available to download from the Visit Great Ayton website. The project focuses on the story of Great Ayton’s High Street through the eyes of pollinators from the earliest records to planting for the future. More details of the project can be found on Pollinator Trail page.

Community Apple Pressing running from June to November 2019.

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.  The project will 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. More details about the project can be found on the community apple pressing page.

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 ran 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;

Phase 2 is now under way with additional planting up the side of Chapel Steps and in the grounds at the back of the Discovery Centre plus the development of the pollinator trail.

Funding is still being sought for bee, bird and bat boxes and to improve access to the riverside at Low Green; and improve the water quality in the River Leven.

Planning for Pollinators poster image cropped
Herb collection April

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.

Weir Waterfall Park

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.