129 Projects in 129 Pictures

Clair Shields – Planning Officer (Building Conservation) and Monument Management Scheme Volunteer Coordinator – previously LEADER Small Scale Enhancements Co-ordinator

Using LEADER money, the North York Moors Small Scale Enhancements Scheme (January 2010 – December 2013) was a relatively small funding stream to help communities carry out enhancement work and conserve assests in their local village and parish. Projects had to fit with one or more of these three LEADER themes:

  • Conservation & Heritage
  • Village Renewal & Development
  • Access to Basic Services

The concept behind the Small Scale Enhancements (SSE) Scheme was that all projects should be generated by the local community, because local people are best placed to determine what’s of value in their area. The National Park Authority bankrolled the projects until the money could be claimed back from the LEADER fund which meant that local communities didn’t have to miss out if they couldn’t find their own temporary funding.

A few key facts

  • 129 projects supported over 4 years
  • 74% of projects fell within the cultural heritage theme
  • 14% of projects fell within the village enhancement theme
  • 12% of projects fell within the access to basic services theme
  • £323,586 of funding provided to 90 communities
  • Additional £30,000 of funding generated through match funding
  • Average cost per project amounted to £2,734

Below are 129 (very small) pictures – each one illustrating one of the 129 small scale projects. Hopefully the pictures give you some impression of the array of enhancements realised through the North York Moors SSE.

HB900 and Vicar's Walk, Hutton Buscel - celebrating 900 years of the Church + tree work 'Heather Hopper' for Esk Moors Active - provision of lift on community bus Lastingham Village Railings - renewal of traditional stone posts and timber railings


Lythe Village Hall - outdoor seating equipment Wass Environment Day - weekend public event celebrating the local environment Old St Stephen's Chuch, Fylingdales - noticeboards, pamphlets, posts and website




Shandy Hall Gate, Coxwold - reinstatement of gates and rebuilding of drystone wall Egton Mortuary Chapel - provision of information board Gillamoor Village Enhancements - restoration of traditional name signs + tablet at Surprise View




Hartoft Horse Trough - repair of double horse troughs 'A Sign in the Right Direction' Project - refurbishment of 8 traditional highways signs Drovers' Road Play - creation of play based on local heritage




Thornton le Dale Village Projects - notice board, directional signs and restoration of stocks. Alms Houses photo by Peter Smith. Heritage Cycle Routes - creation of cycle route linking heritage and local villages in the south of the North York Moors Kilburn Village Institute - upgrading heating system. Photo © Gordon Hatto.




Coxwold Village Enhancements Art for Sustainability - art classes around sense of place Chop Yat Iron Forge Festival, Chop Gate - traditional events and demonstrations




Fylingthorpe Methodist Chapel - setting up luncheon club for elderly residents Ravenscar Barrows - geophysical survey of ancient barrow site Sinnington Local History Group - I.T. equipment for village archive




Fylingdales Local History Group's 'Archive Open Door Project' - archiving historical documents Rosedale History Society - display equipment
Rosedale Railway 150 - website and leaflet to celebrate 150 anniversary



Farndale Band Room - provision of new doors Lastingham War Memorial - restoration Old Byland Church - restoration of drystone walls and mediaeval tiles




Lealholm Church Pews - seat cushions Roxby Old Manor Site - consolidation of ruins Aislaby Name Signs - provision of traditional looking signage




Rosedale and Thorgill Name Plates - provision of traditional looking signage Abbeyfield Esk Moor, Castleton - projector and sound equipment for facilities for the elderly Ampleforth Water Pump - repair of street water pump





Appleton le Moors Church Displays - permanent display in Church Beggars Bridge, Glaisdale - interpretation panel Castleton Play Area - new access gate




Chop Gate History Project - celebrating the last 60 years of Bilsdale Commondale Village Hall - new boundary fencing and disabled access Goathland Village Improvements - restoration of heritage signage and old stone trough




Ha Ha Bridge, Thornton le Dale - restoration of listed bridge Hackness Pinfold - restoration Hackness, Suffield, Broxa Name Signs - traditional looking name signs




Hinderwell Cemetery - restoration of iron railings Hutton Buscel Gate Piers - restoration of listed pillars and reinstatement of gates Hutton le Hole War Memorial - renovation





Hutton le Hole Wildflower Area - creation of wild flower meadow behind Church Ingleby and Battersby Junction Name Signs - traditional looking new name signs Ingleby Cross and Arncliffe Name Signs - new village name signs




Jugger Howe Nature Trail - boardwalk materials for new nature trail Lastingham Beck Enhancement Lockton Village Improvements - restoration of village well and provision of tree seat




Lythe War Memorial - cleaning and re-etching NYM Honeybee Conservation Project - hives for nucleus colonies Osmotherley Pinfold - repair




Oswaldkirk Telephone Kiosk - restoration Peacock Row Cobbling, Robin Hood's Bay - pavement works Pinchinthorpe Hall - moat and garden restoration





Plum Tree House, Borrowby - restoration of historic trods River Esk Monitoring - training local anglers to monitor invertebrates Rosedale Church Conservation Area - creation of grassland conservation area in churchyard




Rosedale East Pond - restoration Seggymire Community Access - restoration of historic route along Old Monks Trod Sinnington Village Maypole - restoration of village maypole




Sneaton War Memorial - cleaning Spaunton Village Projects - retoration of listed Victoria cross and village pinfold St Hilda's Church, Chop Gate - notice board and seat




St Hilda's Old School, Hinderwell - new energy efficient lighting St John's, Fangdale Beck - restoration of war memorial and new gate Staithes Harbour Store - improvements





Tallest Man in the World Musical - creation of musical play telling local story by Osmotherley and Swainby Primary Schools Teaching Trees - coordination of woodland classess for local schools The Hulleys, Cloughton - topographic and geophysical surveys of prehistoric site




Thimbleby Sports Field - provision of a generator Thirlby Village Improvements - railings for Village Hall, traditional name sign, I.T equipment Underhill Flags, Robin Hood's Bay - repairs to section of historic stone flag footpath




Victorian Geology Experience - display materials and costumes Warren Moor Panel - on site interpretation of the 19th century Ironstone Mine Bilsdale 100th Anniversary Show - contribution to celebrations




Hawnby and Laskill Telephone Boxes - reuse of old red telephone boxes as information hubs Hall Fields Walk, Great Ayton - improved access into woods Battersby Junction - opening up section of historic trod





Goathland Trods - restoration of historic stone trodsBygones of Bilsdale - 3 day exhibition and event to record memories
Hutton le Hole Village Hall - provision of screen for presentations. Photo © Pauline Eccle.





Robin Hood's Bay Museum - promotional signage and display lightingHutton Buscel Churchyard Project - woodland and wildlife education

 Robin Hood's Bay Museum - improvements to the Museum to gain museum accreditation. Photo © Mike Kirby.




Hinderwell War Memorial - renovation Battersby Junction Recreation Ground - contaminated land survey to enable community use Danby History Tree - educational history plate in tree stump




Hawnby Church Path - footpath works for improved and safer access to Church Levishan Wall - rebuilding of prominent drystone wall in Conservation Area Newton on Rawcliffe Village Hall - timber windows




Lastingham Notice Boards - provision of 2 new village notice boards Danby Village Hall - improving energy efficiency. Photo from solarwall.co.uk. St Thomas', Glaisdale - churchyard improvements + information board. Photo from Familysearch.com.




Doorways Project - local youth scheme to involve young people in their community Bridge over the River Esk - erection of bridge to open up circular routes Fryup Cricket Club - new pavilion and improvements to facilities

Byland Abbey and Oldstead Village Improvements - restoration of traditional name signs Appleton le Moors Village Hall Display - provision of display equipment St Michael's, Cold Kirby - heating and lighting improvements. Photo from Familysearch.org.




West Ayton Wildflowers Project - creation of a wild flower meadow


Flithers and Swill, Staithes - production of song reflecting local oral history Handale Abbey Gate - new gate for listed walled garden. Picture of local legend by pupil from St Josephs School, Loftus.









Lealholm Village Interpretation - village information board Kildale Village Boards - information board and two new noticeboards Hawsker Village Interpretation - village information board




Fylingdales Football Team - purchase of starter kit for newly formed local team Rosedale Abbey Pond - restoration Gillamoor Cricket Club - provision of cricket nets for playing field


NYM Riding Routes - promotion of 14 circular horse riding routes through the National Park Gateways - website development for access promotion Chop Gate and Carlton School Wildlife Areas - creation







Sunnyside Trods, Fylingdales - restoration of historic trod Cosy Cottage Steps, Robin Hood's Bay - pavement works Laurel Cottage to Gallery Cottage, Robin Hood's Bay - pavement work





St John's, Pockley - restoration of old Victorian heating system Osmotherley Cobbles - restoration of cobbled area  Ride Yorkshire - creation and promotion of long distance horse ride routes

Ugglebarnby Village Improvements - renovation of traditional sign and trods Levisham Flag Pole - reinstatement of village flag pole
North Yorkshire and Cleveland Heritage Coast Forum Panels - six interpretation panels to help promote work of Forum



Staintondale and Ravenscar Local History Group - digitally recording their archive collections





Staithes Arts and Heritage Festival - equipment to display archivesIngleby Greenhow Name Signs - restoration




Newton on Rawcliffe Church Clock - restoration and repair Kildale Tomb Chests - repair of listed tombs in churchyard



Hawk and Owl Trust - interpretation for Fylingdales Moor

For more information see the full North York Moors SSE Review. Hopefully we will be able to access LEADER funding for the North York Moors and surrounding area again from 2015. In the meantime the National Park has its own Community Fund for small scale local projects.


Guess where – and you might even win a prize

Because we don’t want to stop celebrating the successes of the North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER Programme (2009 – 2013) – and we didn’t want to leave our Blog Followers out – click here for a Mystery Competition. You’ll need to be quick though because the closing date is 28 February 2014.

Update (15 March 2014)

Here are the Answers! Congratulations go to Paula Connelly who has won a copy of the fabulous local photography book from the Joe Cornish Gallery with five correct answers.

Thank you to everyone who took part.



Opportunities to shape a new LEADER Programme

Jo Collins – LEADER Programme Officer

You might know that the North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER* Programme (2008 – 2013) has now ended.  

However, we are lucky enough to have secured a small amount of additional funding from Defra to help us develop a new LEADER Programme, which if successful, would take effect from 2015.

This is an exciting prospect with the potential to create and build on opportunities for our area and for local people to get involved from the beginning. The first stage of the process is to talk to local residents, businesses, organisations and communities to find out what needs and opportunities are present, and identify those that LEADER may be able to help with. The more information we have the better as this will assist us to gain a clearer understanding of our area and the support LEADER could provide.

There are going to be four initial consultation sessions where you can share your thoughts and ideas with us:

  • Hovingham Village Hall, Tuesday 18 February from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm
  • Loftus Co-op Building, Thursday 20 February from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm
  • Burniston Village Hall, Tuesday 25 February from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm
  • Civic Centre, Northallerton, Tuesday 4 March from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

If you think you might like to be a part of this exciting opportunity we would be delighted to see you at a session. Please contact Jo Collins at leader@northyorkmoors.org.uk or on 01439 772700 to book your place.

If you can’t make it to any of the planned events you can still be involved – we would greatly appreciate any comments or ideas you may have for the local area. Please have a look at our online survey.

* LEADER is a European initiative for assisting rural communities to improve the quality of life and economic prosperity in their local area.

Another Top 5

Jo Collins – LEADER Programme Officer

The North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER Programme has funded more than 300 projects in our local rural area over the past five years. Many of these projects are interesting, unique and well worth visiting.

The third in the series of Top Five Projects Top Five Hidden History Gems!’ highlights some of the buildings and monuments which have received LEADER funding to protect and restore the special structures or promote access and provide information for visitors.

Find out about the ‘Loathsome Serpent and Scaw the Slayer’ of Handale Walled Garden

Follow the Temple Moore Trail to discover one of Victorian England’s greatest church architects. He also happened to design the building which is now the National Park Authority’s Headquarters (it was originally a Vicarage).

And that’s only two out of the five.

A LEADER update – and another Top Five

Jo Collins – LEADER Programme Officer

Our local LEADER Programme (North York Moors, Coast and Hills) has supported more than 300 projects in our area during the last five years. A huge range of projects have received support – far too many to mention them all!

The current Programme is due to finish this December and so many of the projects are now celebrating completion, including these three below:

Knayton cum Brawith Parish Caretaker (grant of £1,850) – A dedicated caretaker to maintain pathways and street furniture, collected litter, and kept drains clear in Knayton-cum-Brawith. The project had such a positive impact on the village that the local community have given it their support to continue into the future once LEADER funding finished, and it will now be funded by the Parish Council.

Renewable Energy (grant of £19,950) – Husthwaite’s new village hall will be heated and supplied with water using environmentally friendly technology; a rainwater harvesting system, an air source heat pump, and extra ceiling insulation. It is hoped that this sustainable approach will mean that the community can use the hall in comfort for many years to come.

Access for All (grant of £17,522) – A new entrance hallway at Charltons Village Hall has enabled the community to make use of both of its rooms simultaneously!  Activities on offer include psychic evenings in this reportedly haunted building . . .


Check out our Top Five Wildlife Projects and discover some of the fabulous ventures given LEADER support including rare species brought back from the brink, parasite resistant honey bees given a helping hand, and valuable habitats created and restored.

For more information about this LEADER Programme and the full range of projects supported have a look at our website.

Help! Although this LEADER Programme will finish in December 2013 and all funds are already allocated to projects, we are hoping to have a new Programme starting in 2015; watch this space for opportunities to help shape our future Programme next year . . . you could always join our Local Action Group in the meantime.

New(ish) Director of Conservation says Hello

David Renwick 5David Renwick – Director of Conservation

My name is David Renwick and I’m the new Director of Conservation at the North York Moors National Park Authority. Although I’m not sure that I can still say ‘new’ as I’ve been here for nearly six months now!

The time has flown by, but equally I also feel like I’ve been here for much longer! I mainly put this down to how enjoyable and interesting the work is and also the warm welcome I have been given by everybody, both within the Authority and from those people we work with to deliver the Park’s priorities. The National Park Authority and its Conservation Department, has a very dedicated workforce that are clearly committed to the area and its amazing landscape and to the people who live, work and visit the North York Moors. The relationships we have with our communities and landowners are very positive and I look forward to getting to know more people in the coming months and years. I have to say that the enthusiasm, passion and commitment that the Park’s people demonstrate is contagious and I’ve really enjoyed my time here so far.cropped-hole-of-horcum-by-mike-kipling.jpg

However, whilst the work is enjoyable I must also say that it is challenging. The priorities we have to deliver from the North York Moors National Park Management Plan over the coming years are difficult enough to achieve, but the financial climate in which we are working makes it even harder to secure success. Regardless of financial resources the work itself is always going to be challenging. The North York Moors National Park is blessed with a wonderful landscape that is full of wildlife, archaeology and cultural heritage. This wealth of resources means that there is a lot to do to look after what we’ve got, and conserve and enhance it within a network of habitats and within a tapestry of historic understanding.


Public funds are under increased scrutiny, budgets are reduced and we must make every pound go as far as we possibly can. Based on what we currently understand the National Park Authority faces a 35% cut to its funding in real terms between 2010 and 2015 and it is likely that this challenging budget situation will continue for the foreseeable future. This makes it important for us to use different, new and innovative ways of doing things. We must challenge ourselves every day and question the way we approach things. Our communities and stakeholders can help us do this and their ideas and input are particularly welcome.

We must maintain a dialogue with those we work with. Crucially this includes the landowners, farmers and land managers within the National Park who do much of the work on the ground to look after what we have here. Our role is to listen and to help as best we can to maintain and enhance the National Park’s special qualities. At the same time we need to remember that the people of the North York Moors have to ‘earn a crust’ and that the National Park is their living landscape, but hopefully we can find common ground to work from.cropped-heather-in-bloom-in-westerdale-north-york-moors-national-park-photo-by-mike-kipling.jpg

One way in which we are already doing this is through the North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER Programme which is delivering numerous community, environmental and economic development projects from the bottom up. I am very excited by the prospect of us being able to develop a new Programme for the future and work with an even wider range of interests including importantly the local business community.

Personally I am very excited by the challenges and opportunities that face us in delivering the Park’s new Management Plan priorities. I am an ecologist by training so our work on habitat connectivity is particularly interesting, as is the work we have to do to restore the North York Moors’ ancient woodlands that have been under plantation forestry (PAWS). The National Park also has a wonderful coastline that attracts many visitors and marvellous seascapes and marine habitats.cropped-kettleness-mike-kipling.jpg

Despite my ecological background the archaeological and cultural heritage work we do is also proving very interesting. The Monument Management Scheme and industrial heritage work we are trying to deliver are both fascinating projects that I look forward to learning more about. I have a particular interest in the early human history of Stone Age Britain and how the people then related their lives to the landscapes they lived within and shaped.

Having moved to Helmsley with my wife and baby son I am also very keen to explore the North York Moors in my spare time once we’re a little more mobile and not so tied to pram friendly routes. The National Park is certainly going to be a nice place to start family life and my child gives me a new perspective on the need to look after our important national landscapes now and for the future.cropped-lake-gormire-from-cleveland-way-north-of-sutton-bank_photo-by-mike-kipling-nymnpa.jpg

The future is certainly challenging for the National Park Authority and me, but there are opportunities at the same time and we need to be prepared to act on these positively. Whatever happens we will do what we do with a smile on our faces and with a commitment to the North York Moors that few can rival. As they say onwards and upwards!

Top Five Quirky Projects

Jo Collins – LEADER Programme Officer

The North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER programme has funded more than 250 projects in rural areas over the past five years. Many of these projects are interesting and unique and we want to let peeople know about them.

So we’re celebrating success with the first in a series of project Top Fives! It’s a Top Five Quirky Projects Photo Challenge Competition. 

Not only are these Top Five projects interesting, unique AND quirky but all are set in beautiful countryside so perfect for a visit if you’re in the area. So for a chance to win a prize, send us a photograph of YOU at one or more of the Top Five Quirky LEADER projects. The most imaginative photo will win a fabulous book of local photographs from the Joe Cornish Gallery.

Email photos to leader@northyorkmoors.org.uk and include your name and a contact phone number. To be in with a chance of winning please send your photo(s) in by the 27 October 2013. The winner will be announced the following week and the best photos will be published on the North York Moors National Park Facebook page. Good luck and enjoy yourselves!

Volunteering in and out of the Office

Sam Lightfoot – LEADER Programme Volunteer

I have been volunteering with the North York Moors. Coast and Hills LEADER Programme for almost four months now. The current LEADER Programme is in its final year and is currently undertaking a thorough evaluation to assess how it has performed, and identify its strengths and any areas of weakness that could have been improved upon.

As part of this process I’ve produced, administered and analysed a survey of  Local Action Group members to find out about their experiences of the LEADER Programme, how the Programme here has been of benefit to them and how they feel it has helped to support and improve our rural communities. I’ve also been on a number of monitoring visits and learned about the diverse range of projects that have been supported by LEADER as well as the innovative ways in which the Programme has been helping to address local needs.

During my time as a volunteer I have gained a practical knowledge of the LEADER approach, the issues affecting rural areas and how LEADER seeks to address these. I have enjoyed meeting the interesting and enthusiastic people who share a commitment to improving the quality of life in our local communities.  Over the next few weeks Jo Collins (LEADER Programme Officer) and I will be producing case studies of projects that have been supported by the current Programme, including visiting and photographing many of the small scale projects supported by the five LEADER Small Scale Enhancement Schemes throughout the area.

In addition to the work I have done with LEADER, I have also been out and about with other members of the Conservation Department. I’m really interested in the flora and fauna of the countryside and try to improve my identification skills at any opportunity. I was therefore very pleased to be invited to help with recent botanical survey on Levisham Estate with Alex (Conservation Graduate Trainee), and to assist with the collection of wild flower seeds at Rosedale and Sutton Bank with Ami (Conservation Land Management Adviser) and Alex.

My next new challenge will be to produce a ‘places to visit’ guide for the local BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) community champions to use, which I will be researching and writing over the next few months.

Volunteering has been such a positive and beneficial experience for me that I hope to continue for as long as I can. My role has had the flexibility to suit my personal circumstances and I’ve been able make the most of my available time by gaining practical on the job experience, and also working autonomously from home on suitable tasks when I only have the odd hour to spare. I have gained practical skills and experience that compliment my academic qualifications, and am pleased to be making a contribution to the National Park and wider North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER area. The work that I have undertaken so far has given me a sense of achievement and increased my self confidence and self esteem. I have met so many interesting and inspiring people and am very grateful to all who have taken the time to share their knowledge and experience with me.

Practical learning

Clair Shields – Planning Officer (Building Conservation)

Work has started on the Borobeck Store in Helmsley, giving the TECAP apprentices a real-life project to work on from start to finish.

The apprentices have been charged with overseeing the restoration of a vernacular building within the historic core of Helmsley town. Vernacular buildings reflect the locality in design (or rather non design), materials, and adaptation; rather than any particular architectural ‘style’.

An accredited architect has produced a specification for repairs, and the apprentices have produced the programme of works and bill of quantities, and arranged procurement of materials and the disposal of waste, so gaining invaluable experience of project management.

Along the way the apprentices will be advised by expert conservationists to assist them with the more specialist work needed when working on traditionally built buildings – e.g. a local lime specialist will oversee ‘hot mixing’ and supervise the apprentices when they ‘torch’ the roof thus promulgating vernacular, traditional building skills.

Borobeck Store - Architect's Plans

The works are anticipated to take six weeks. There was a quick start to the project with the apprentices stripping half the roof by lunchtime on the first day. Now decisions need to be taken on the quality of the timberwork and the potential for splicing in new sections of timbers.

This is just one of the work tasks the apprentices have been involved with. If you’re wondering what a TECAP apprentice might be …..

Since 2011 a partnership comprising of this National Park, local Estates (Castle Howard, Duncombe Park, Mexborough, Dawnay, and Hackness), English Heritage, York College and the University of York have been working together to address local skills shortages through the implementation of a two-year craft skills apprenticeship project offering ‘on the job’ training and NVQ level 2 qualifications. This is the Traditional Estate Conservation Apprenticeship Project: TECAP for short.

The aim is to train apprentices in traditional craft skills to a level of good practice in the sustainable conservation of vernacular buildings and nationally important archaeological monuments. The Estates provide the practical experience maintaining and conserving the region’s heritage, and the apprentices also attend College on a block release basis to achieve a nationally recognised qualification by the end of their apprenticeship. There are three apprentices at the moment, all from the local area.

The project is currently being funded through the North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER Programme, English Heritage, the Ernest Cook Trust, the Radcliffe Trust, Historic Houses Association (Yorkshire), NHTG Heritage Skills for the Future and the North York Moors National Park Authority. The current apprenticeship scheme ends in 2014.

Local grants: past and future – part 2

Following on from Clair’s last post…

All the funding through the current LEADER programme and the LEADER Small Scale Enhancement (SSE) Scheme in the North York Moors is now committed. Efforts towards securing another LEADER programme for the area from 2015 are underway.

But in the meantime the National Park Authority have new funding available through a Community Grant for 2013/14 . The previous post gives a few ideas of what was funded through SSE and these are the same sorts of things we’re looking to fund through this new grant.  Hopefully we can keep some of the momentum generated by the SSE going.

Up to £5,000 is available for small scale projects, put forward by local community groups in the National Park and aimed at habitat and wildlife enhancements, conserving cultural heritage and local history, or improving a community building.                        

Applications need to be in by the end of July. Successful projects need to be completed by the end of March 2014. Guidelines and an application form are available on the National Park Authority’s website. The application form is pretty simple, so it could be well worth the effort of applying.

Even relatively small sums of money, spread out amongst the communities of the National Park, can go a long way and make a difference for the better.