Welcome to all who love the Moors!
The North Yorkshire Moors Association (NYMA) is an independent charity working to conserve and enhance the landscapes, biodiversity and cultural heritage of the North York Moors National Park and surrounding areas.
From moorland wilderness to stunning green valleys and dramatic coastline, the North York Moors are a source of inspiration, relaxation and recreation for millions of people. With England’s largest expanse of natural heather moorland, its glorious acres are special to everyone who lives in or visits the area.
Vigilance and vigorous campaigning are required to ensure that this unique landscape is safeguarded now and for future generations. Our programme of campaigns, walks, events and volunteer projects give everyone a chance to learn about the Moors and get involved in our vital work.
5/12/16: NYMA in the news
NYMA Chair, Tom Chadwick, featured prominently in Monday's Yorkshire Post article on the threat to the North York Moors National Park posed by the imminent construction of Britain's largest potash mine. NYMA joins other organisations in calling for the Government to uphold its commitment to protecting our national parks. Read the full article here and a statement by the Campaign for National Parks (CNP) here.
29/11/16: Sirius Minerals announces finance arrangement
Sirius Minerals have announced a financing arrangement for developing their polyhalite mine in the National Park. Referred to as ‘Phase 1 funding’, this will be for the construction of the mine-head and tunnel. It includes a deal with the Australian mining company, Hancock Prospecting Pty, headed by climate change sceptic Gina Hope Rinehart. Other parts of the financing are through a share offer and convertible bond offering. Sirius claim to have raised £352 million from the share offering, but interest payments on the convertible bond will cost around £200 million over the next 7 years. A second phase of funding will have to be raised on the debt market, amounting to US$1.8 billion for building the harbour facilities on Teesside. This continues to be a high risk venture with uncertainties on construction time and exposure to cost overruns.
Financing the mine also depends on acquiring new planning permission for increased mineral extraction and infrastructure development, though it is not clear what this will be. Meanwhile it is expected that the County Highways Department will be starting on major road works to deal with construction traffic in 2017. Further geotechnical studies are to be undertaken at the mine-head.