Richmondshire District Council

A scheme to boost nature conservation across the Tees and Swale national parks is to benefit from a £50,000 hand out from Richmondshire District Council.

The Tees Swale project – a collaboration between the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the North Pennines AONB Partnership – is focusing on farm and landowners urging them to look towards ‘high nature value’ farming systems.

The five year £8.5 million project will not only have nature conservation themes it will also deliver training, skills, access and engagement benefits, and link to the climate change agenda.

Peatland and upland hay meadows will be restored, woodland enhanced, wetlands created and rivers and grasslands protected. There will be training for farmers, contractors and volunteers, and improvements to accessibility to bring people into the countryside.

“In Richmondshire work will be undertaken around Gunnerside Gill and Arkle Beck as well as with youth groups in Leyburn and Risedale, and local schools,” said Council Leader, Councillor Angie Dale.

“This scheme fits in with our work to boost the green agenda across the district and is especially important following the recent flooding in the Dales. It is estimated that the district will benefit from around £2.6 million of the funding which will be great news.”

The project is currently in its development phase with the national parks looking to raise £3 million in order to unlock the remaining £5.7 million lottery funding. Once that has been secured delivery is expected from September 2020.

Members of the District Council’s Corporate Board this week (Tuesday October 8) agreed to contribute £50,000 to the project - £10,000 annually for five years.

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