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News release - Issued by North York Moors National Park Authority

National Park Authority Delivers on Government Plan

The North York Moors National Park Authority is delighted with government plans to enable every schoolchild in England the chance to visit National Parks as part of new education plans announced today.

Speaking as she launched the new plan in the South Downs National Park, Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss said: “By instilling a love of nature in our young people and building thriving communities in every National Park, our plan will allow these unique spaces to flourish for generations to come.”
Andy Wilson, CEO at the North York Moors National Park Authority added: “We’re extremely excited about today’s news. We believe National Parks are a perfect place to understand and explore the natural environment. By working at an early stage with young people it gives us the best chance to help promote these unique spaces by providing education on nature-based activities.”

Here at the National Park we already engage with around 12,000 young people a year. And we are working hard to increase this number. We have a dedicated education team based at the Moors National Park Centre in Danby, who regularly provide Learning Outside the Classroom opportunities across the North York Moors.

Sue Wilkinson, Education Manager commented: “Our education team is working hard to meet every child within a ten mile radius of the National Park whilst they are in school. It’s extremely rewarding working with young people and seeing the excitement they get from experiencing and understanding nature and the outdoors.”

The Authority is also very keen to help children who would not normally get the chance to visit and experience our fantastic landscapes first hand. Last year we were able to offer transport grants to enable schools from disadvantaged areas of Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Scarborough to bring groups of children to the National Park. Almost 2,500 children benefited from the grants and participated in valuable learning outside the classroom experiences.

And it’s not just school children we are working with. We also have 16 apprentices working with us in a variety of roles, which is 15% of our workforce, who are all widening their experience and gaining their first steps into work. We’ve been working with apprentices continuously for 14 years. Ian Nicholls, Assistant Director of Corporate Services commented:” We offer a brilliant range of opportunities for apprentices. We feel it’s really important to provide training for young people to help them to live and work locally. Some of our previous apprentices have started up their own business such as a conservation gardener, dry stone waller, fencing contractor and others have gone on to work for local estates and businesses.”

We currently work with around 700 to 1,000 volunteers who contribute in the region of 12,500 volunteer days, that approximately 93,750 hours of work a year! They come from all walks of life, from retired folk to students and young people. Our explorer club offers families the chance to volunteer, with the youngest members being aged just four! What a great way to start to understand and care for our beautiful countryside and inspiring natural environment.


Media contact

Tel: 01439 772700

Alison Harris, Media and Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority

The North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, spectacular coast, ancient woodland and historic sites. It was created on 28 November 1952 and became Britain’s sixth national park.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a huge variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire. Nearly 14% of its staff are apprentices from local families.

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The UK’s 15 national parks are hugely popular with the public - in a poll undertaken by the UK Association of National Park Authorities in February 2013, 93 per cent of people felt national parks were areas of national importance. Public spending on national parks in England is less than £1 per person per year. More information on the UK’s national parks can be found at