Moor Sustainable CIC aims to undertake projects which will improve the sustainability of the area.

Please get in touch if you have an idea that you would like to make happen.

Our projects so far:


  • Green Open Homes 16th May 2015 Moor Sustainable once again secured funding from the Green Open Homes Network to showcase renewable and energy-saving technologies installed in ordinary homes. Homes were open in Guisborough and Great Ayton. The Green Open Homes Network is funded by the Department for Energy and Climate Change and delivered by the Centre for Sustainable Energy.
  • Esk Valley and Coast Green Open Homes 5-6th April 2014 – Moor Sustainable provided the opportunity for householders to find out more about energy reduction and generation measures through organising a Green Open Homes event in the Esk Valley and Moors area in April 2014. 11 homes opened their homes for the weekend and provided information for case studies about the work they have undertaken.  Click here to see the case studies.
  • Big Energy Saving Network Workshops – In 2013-14, Moor Sustainable provided advice on ways to reduce energy costs as part of the Big energy Saving Network funded by a grant from the Departent for Energy and Climate Change, administered by the Centre for Sustainable Energy.  Through as series of community events, the Moor Sustainable team met with 96 consumers to explain how they could reduce the cost of their energy bills through energy efficiency measures and by looking at their energy tariff and suppliers.  They also delivered 6 sessions to 41 frontline workers.  The sessions were run in Hambleton, Redcar & Cleveland and Scarborough Borough Council areas
  • Green Open Farms  8th November 2014 –  Following the success of the Green Open Homes event in April 2014, we were able to attract extra funding to give local rural businesses  a chance to find out how to how to make their farm buildings, rural home or business more energy efficient and to save money. A web page was created to promote the event with details of the farms that were open to visitors including their locations and the kinds of improvements that have been made.
  • Community Solar – Moor Sustainable undertook a feasibility study, in 2015, to see if there was viability for a community share funded solar smallholding project in the Mulgrave area, near Whitby. The study was funded through the Rural Community Energy Fund. Unfortunately, the project had to be shelved when the Government announced the slashing of subsidies by up to 90% and the withdrawal of tax relief. The project was no longer viable.  This was a big shame for the local area and was a waste of the time and money that had gone into the project development up to that stage. The project idea was to site 200 kW of solar panels in a field to the rear of Oakridge Primary School, which would be fed into the school to provide free or cheap electricity to them and the remainder exported to generate income to pay for the project. The project was to have been funded by community shares. Income, largely from the Government Feed-in-Tariff, would have paid back shareholders over a 10 year period and generated a community fund which could have benefitted local projects.


  • Community apple pressing – Moor Sustainable run community apple pressing events each year in several villages in the northern part of the North York Moors.   
  • Improving Great Ayton for People and Wildlife – 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.
  • Waterfall Park – Moor Sustainable managed a project to make Waterfall Park in Great Ayton more accessible and attractive.
  • Hunt for Herbs – find out more about wild and cultivated herbs along the Esk Valley community railway line through one of our projects ‘Hunt for Herbs’.
  • 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.


  • EU ‘Question Time’ – Moor Sustainable organised a public meeting to help people decide how to vote in the EU referendum.
  • Ceilidhs – Moor Sustainable organised a ceilidh in November 2013 to raise funds for the Save School Farm campaign.  The ceilidh raised over £600 for the campaign and also helped bring the local community together. Several New Year’s Eve Ceilidhs have also been run, by Moor Sustainable, in Great Ayton.
  • Disco and games night – Moor Sustainable organised a music night with games and pies to help the local community come together in the Save School Farm Campaign. The event raised £1,110.


  •  Great Ayton station – Two new picnic benches, a finger post and interpretation board have been installed at Great Ayton Station. Moor  Sustainable helped Friends of Great Ayton Station to manage the grants, from Hambleton District Council and the Association of Community Rail Partnerships, for the work undertaken in 2016.
  • Esk Valley Railway – Moor Sustainable has helped Esk Valley Railway Development Company promote a new year-round Sunday service and the environmental benefits of using the train rather than driving to get explore the Esk Valley and Whitby. The Go Green on a Sunday campaign is funded by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships, the Department for Transport and Northern in 2017.

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