North York Moors National Park Authority

The North York Moors became a National Park on 28 November 1952 and is one of 15 National Parks in the United Kingdom.

Each National Park is administered by its own National Park Authority; independent bodies funded by central government to:

  • conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage; and
  • promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of National Parks by the public.
  • If there’s a conflict between these two purposes, conservation takes priority. In carrying out these aims, National Park Authorities are also required to seek to foster the economic and social well-being of local communities within the National Park.

We consider what benefits the National Park can provide to meet the needs of society and responds to current issues such as the need to produce more food, improve health and well being and adapt to the effects of a changing climate. Continuing to enhance the landscape, natural environment and cultural heritage of the Park is nevertheless central to our aims which include strengthening the Park’s habitat networks and conserving the important buildings and monuments.


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