Park custodian scheme wins award

A family on their adopted part of the Cleveland Way.
A family on their adopted part of the Cleveland Way.

The North York Moors National Park Authority has won an award for an initiative that sees young families become custodians of their own stretch of the National Trail.

The park claimed top spot in the Best Project category at the National Parks UK Volunteer Awards 2017, at the Kendal Mountain Festival.

A family from Danby, the Beaumonts, who have adopted a 3.4 mile section of the Cleveland Way, from Lordstones to Clay Bank, were at the event.

Jacqui Beaumont said: “The scheme has fostered a shared experience for my husband and I and our four children.

“My hope is that through our maintenance and regular patrols, we can give something back so that future generations can also enjoy our beautiful area.”

The Cleveland Way Adoption Scheme involves a year’s commitment to walk, report, survey, improve and enjoy a designated section of the 109-mile National Trail, ensuring it is well looked after for everyone to enjoy.

Tammy Andrews, who oversees the Cleveland Way Adoption Scheme at the North York Moors National Park, said: “We’re over-the-moon that our work with volunteer families has been recognised at a national level. Working with these dedicated and enthusiastic groups is such a privilege. They really get to know their section well and enjoy seeing how the scenery and wildlife changes through the year.”

The park scooped a double as volunteer Caitlin McCauley, 19, won the accolade of Young Person of the Year following a summer of volunteering with the education team.