About NYMA "Watchdogs of the North York Moors National Park, not lapdogs!" NYMA is dedicated to safeguarding the landscape and culture of the North York Moors National Park and surrounding areas. We work with the Natinoal Park Authority to support development which respects the special character of the Moors while taking account of the needs of residents, working communities and visitors.
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Our vision is of a beautiful and diverse countryside, with thriving villages and market towns set in a landscape of farms and forestry balanced with unspoiled wild places.
NYMA is a strong partner of the North York Moors National Park Authority. We scrutinise and influence planning applications for business developments in the National Park and campaign against inappropriate ones. We support sustainable means of transport, carry out projects which foster understanding of the history, culture and environment of the Moors, and encourage land-use policies that favour biodiversity and natural beauty.
HISTORY AND MANAGEMENT
In 1984 Peter Walker, Derek Statham, Gerald McGuire and Don Tilley came up with the idea of a ‘Park society’, and the inaugural meeting of the North Yorkshire Moors Association was held on May 4th 1985 with 80 foundation members.
NYMA now has around 400 members and is run by an Executive Council of 13 volunteer members and a part-time Executive Secretary. The Council meets 4 times per year and the AGM is held in June. The 2016-17 Trustees' Report can be found here and our audited accounts here.
NYMA is one of 12 societies nationally which support Britain's national parks, helping to protect their landscapes and biodiversity and campaigning for their wise management and recreational use. Overall, there are around 20,000 members in these societies, and regular joint meetings are held under the auspices of the Campaign for National Parks.
Officers of NYMA
President: Ian Carstairs OBE
Chair: Tom Chadwick, tel. 01287 660195
Vice-Chair: Adrian Leaman
Secretary: Janet Cochrane, Secretary@north-yorkshire-moors.org.uk, tel. 07570 112010
Hon. Treasurer: Brian Pearce
Membership Secretary: Cal Moore, Membership@north-yorkshire-moors.org.uk
'Voice of the Moors' Editor: Sharon Artley, email@example.com, tel. 01287 660470
Other Council Members and key volunteers
Heather Mather (Walks Coordinator)