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.
NYMA is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registration no. 1169240.
19/1/17: Dark Skies Festival
The North York Moors is one of 3 British national parks taking part in a Dark Skies Festival in February. We welcome this celebration of star-gazing and nature at night. Click here for a list of events!
20/12/16: Bid to block fracking turned down
Campaigners opposing fracking in North Yorkshire's Ryedale district received a set-back this week when a bid to block extraction by this method was rejected by the High Court. In April and May 2016 environmental and planning permission was granted for the extraction of shale gas by ‘high volume hydraulic fracturing’ at Kirby Misperton, in Ryedale. The site lies only 4 miles from the boundary with the North York Moors National Park and is visible from it. In common with the National Park Authority, NYMA is deeply concerned about the ‘creeping industrialisation’ of the rural landscape and the potential damage to biodiversity and the local tourism industry from this development.
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 the polyhalite mine in the National Park. This ‘Phase 1 funding’ is for 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 County Highways will start major road-works to deal with construction traffic in 2017.