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North York Moors: Fighting bracken and badgers

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Historic monuments are being saved across the Whitby region thanks to the hard work of volunteers.

Working alongside landowners, the volunteer teams are playing a key part in helping the North York Moors National Park and English Heritage save the park’s 840 historic monuments.

Mags Waughman is the national park’s monument management scheme officer and she said that 99 of the monuments are at risk, while another 240 are vulnerable. Among these are a Bronze Age burial at Danby Beacon, a prehistoric field system at Eden House on the Mulgrave Estate and Allan Tofts in Goathland.

English Heritage provided a grant of £100,000 over three years, later doubled to £200,000 to tackle threats caused by coastal erosion, ploughing and badger activity. Mrs Waughman added: “The initial target was to reduce the risk to 50 monuments. The scheme is having a huge positive impact on the large number of scheduled monuments in the National Park, in terms of improving their condition and management, and in increasing the potential for visitor enjoyment.”

Thanks to the volunteers, action has taken place at 184 monuments and a new volunteer project is being carried out to monitor potentially-damaging effects by badgers.

In the past two years, 43 monuments have been removed from the English Heritage ‘at risk’ register or are expected to be, said Mrs Waughman.

A further 19 on the vulnerable list have had their status reduced.

 

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