Grants available for walling and hedging in the National Park

Grants of up to £2,000 are once again on offer to land managers in the North York Moors National Park for hedgerow planting and drystone walling.

Now in its sixth year, the Traditional Boundary Scheme seeks to restore and improve the traditional field boundaries which form a hugely important part of the landscape character of the National Park. The Authority wants to help landowners improve, protect and restore these traditional features, which can involve drystone wall restoration, hedge planting, laying and coppicing.

Roy McGhie, Conservation Projects Assistant at the North York Moors National Park Authority, said:

“The Traditional Boundary Scheme offers an excellent way for land managers to restore field boundaries, and this can deliver multiple benefits for everyone involved.

“The walls and hedges of the National Park act to house animals, reduce erosion, provide shelter, increase habitat connectivity, and provide the aesthetic landscape character that makes our National Park so distinctive. We’re also pleased to be able to support the heritage craftspeople who often undertake this skilled walling and hedging work.”

The Traditional Boundary Scheme is a competitive scheme that can grant-aid traditional field boundaries in the National Park providing they do not already receive funding from other sources. Priority is given to those boundaries which are most visible from a public right of way or of particular historical or environmental interest. For more information please visit, email or call 01439 772700.

The application window will close on 18 May 2018.