Views are sought on new moors management plan

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THE NORTH York Moors National Park Authority has launched a public consultation as it drafts a new management plan to guide what will happen in the national park over the next five years.

Aims for the plan include more trees, an increase in the number of visitors and additional sheep grazing the moors, along with decreasing energy use and safeguarding rural communities.

Andy Wilson, the NYMNPA’s chief executive, said: “This plan breaks new ground by considering what the park could produce. Our assessment is positive, but not open ended.

“The authority would not want to sacrifice the tranquillity and beauty of the moors, which have given solace for thousands of years, for short-term gain.”

The plan argues that with the right policies, investment and management, the North York Moors could deliver more, although it identifies the clear limits of what can occur.

The draft management plan and accompanying questionnaire can be viewed at www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/management-plan.

The closing date for comments is Friday 23 December.

Copies will be available at the Moors National Park Centre at Danby, Whitby Library and a mobile display unit at Robin Hood’s Bay.