Taking care of the North York Moors National Park
Promoting the special qualities
The National Park was designated for its special qualities - its landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage.
We're keen to make sure that these qualities are well cared for and will be here for everyone to continue to enjoy for years to come.
Find out more here
Using public transport
We are keen to encourage visitors to use public transport when possible, whether to arrive in the National Park or when they are travelling around. They are more likely to do so if we make it easy for them, providing appropriate information. Perhaps you could link to this page and those listed below.
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Call of Nature
Call of Nature Yorkshire is a campaign to help protect the environment by improving water quality run by the Esk and Coastal Streams Catchment Partnership and the Environment Agency. It aims to raise awareness that poorly maintained non-mains sewerage systems (septic tanks, package treatment works & cesspits) can cause water pollution. The campaign also shows the steps people can take to reduce impacts on the environment. Many visitors to the North York Moors will be unaware how waste water is treated in rural locations and that certain actions can have a negative impact on the environment. Your help is needed to raise awareness. Please download and use this leaflet. If you'd like more info about the project please contact Kate Bailey at the North York Moors National Park or call 01439 772 700.
Locally made toiletries
A good way to differentiate your business from others is to add extra touches sourced from the local area. ANNWYN Botanicals is a range of natural, mostly organic skincare products, handmade on the North York Moors using ingredients gathered from within the National Park or carefully sourced from sustainable producers. Owner, Alice, is proud that there are no parabens, no sodium lauryl or laureth sulphates and none of their products are tested on animals.
Alice offers discounts for volume. Products include: Wild Mint & Nettle Natural Hand & Body Wash/Shower Gel, also available in mandarin sweet orange and bergamot, & chamomile & ylang ylang. £14.00 per 250 ml pump bottle 2.5 and 5 litre containers are also available for hospitality businesses.; Rosehip & rose soap £4.50 90 g slice; Gardeners’ Restorative Cream; and Reed Diffuser “Joyful and Warm” with bergamot and rose 100ml £28.00
Plastic free coastlines
Plastic Free Coastlines (PFC)
We know our oceans and coastlines are choking on plastic. No beach is immune even the beautiful coastline of North Yorkshire! We’ve all seen plastic bottles, food wrappers and plastic bags polluting beaches, and been horrified by the stories of marine creatures like seabirds and whales starving when their stomachs become packed full of plastic. Attenborough’s Blue Planet series poignantly showed this and thus moved a nation.
Environment charity, Surfer’s Against Sewage (SAS) – “not just surfers and not just sewage” has launched a nation wide initiative for local coastal communities to reduce their single use plastic by 2020.
In April 2018, Saltburn and Marske were proudly awarded PFC Status. An alliance was formed with local litter groups; Keep it Clean At Saltburn and Marske Litter Group to execute the SAS PFC action plan made up of the following achievements:
Both RCBC and many local businesses are now actively involved in reducing plastic. These are some of the examples of what has happened:
A number of distributors are now stocking or sourcing alternative products with the economies of scale becoming more attractive to businesses. If you are a business and wish to remove or reduce your plastic use please find more details available on https://www.sas.org.uk/plastic-free-community-leaders/
Fighting this issue on a local level brings tangible benefits not least of all to the visitors who visit our stunning coastlines and purchasing from forward thinking businesses. SAS will issue a prestigious logo sticker to businesses that can demonstrate reduction of plastic use.
We look forward to the momentum growing and extending to other communities throughout the UK (coastal and inland).
Emily at NYMNPA has put together this information and listed local food delivery companies to help accommodation providers who want to offer their guests more local food, including food deliveries and welcome packs.
Maximising your sustainability
VisitBritain has pulled together a wealth of information about making a positive difference to our environment which you can see on this page.