EVCC celebrates conservation award

Esk Valley Camphill Community members are celebrating winning a North Yorkshire Moors Association (NYMA) Conservation award for their habitat restoration work in Danby Dale.

In collaboration with landowners Debbie and Mike, the conservation team spent two winters planting four micro woodlands connected by wildlife corridors through meadows managed for wildflowers.

Eddie Thornton coordinated the project. “We’re so happy to win this award that recognizes our community’s efforts to turn a little pocket of the North York Moors into a haven for wildlife. It’s been great to work with such progressive landowners who see the benefit of sharing their property with nature. We hope that other landowners will be inspired by the project and we would welcome anyone who’s interested to come and take a look. “

Tracey Knight is one of the team members who have braved all kinds of wintry weather to get the trees into the ground. “I’ve enjoyed planting and weeding the trees and it’s helped us cope with the lockdown. I feel happy with winning the award so we can plant more trees next year.”

NYMA’s Executive Secretary, Janet Cochrane, comments: “we’re delighted to reward EVCC’s hard work in this beautiful corner of the National Park. On a recent visit we were very impressed with what they have achieved.”

The group plans to spend their prize money on tools and equipment that will allow them to take on more conservation work in the national park. If there are landowners in the Esk Valley who are interested in collaborating with EVCC’s conservation group, please email Eddie Thornton: eddie@eskvalleycamphill.org