Brighten Up Great Ayton

Following the work in Waterfall Park in Great Ayton, Moor Sustainable is working with Great Ayton Parish Council and the Brighten Up Great Ayton group 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:

  • 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 also in the grounds at the back of the Discovery Centre.

Moor Sustainable CIC has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant for an exciting Bug Trail project, creating a rubbings trail along the High Street in Great Ayton. 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 when restrictions due to the coronavirus epidemic are lifted. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, 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.

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.

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