North York Moors Explorer Club with their new tools, and on the far left Julie Bushell and Gerry Orchard
Young volunteers who carry out practical conservation tasks in the North York Moors National Park have some new equipment thanks to a donation of £200 from the New Lyke Wake Club. Tools such as spades, trowels and secateurs were purchased to help the National Park Authority’s Explorer Club volunteers carry out their work to look after the North York Moors.
Gerry Orchard presents the tools
The Explorer Club meets one Sunday a month and is a great way for families to learn about the habitats of the National Park while having an active role in caring for them by getting involved in projects such as tree planting and footpath restoration. Child-sized tools are available and wildlife cameras, digital microscopes and other kit are on offer to those attending to enhance the experience. Families are also given suggestions of activities to do at home.
Gerry Orchard, General Secretary for the New Lyke Wake Club, and his partner Julie Bushell joined the Explorer Club for a day on a task carrying out footpath maintenance on a section of the Lyke Wake Walk near Huthwaite Green. Gerry said:
“Although run by unpaid volunteers and not run for profit, the New Lyke Wake Club does manage to raise a small amount of money for good causes – a great example of this being the Explorer Club run by the North York Moors National Park Authority. The New Lyke Wake Club feels that it is paramount that people are educated from an early age in an encouraging environment to respect the countryside and ensure that it remains as a legacy for future generations. The Explorer Club achieves these goals as well as doing practical good by means of path repairs, tree planting and the like and, perhaps more importantly, it’s fun!”
Tammy Andrews, Explorer Volunteers Coordinator, added:
“I would like to say a heartfelt thank you on behalf of the Explorer Club volunteers to the New Lyke Wake Club for their very generous donation. The Explorer Club offers families a way to get involved in and experience the wonderful landscapes and wildlife of the North York Moors. Hopefully the personal and positive experiences our young volunteers have with nature will instil in them a desire to care for special places like the North York Moors as throughout their lives.”
The North York Moors National Park Authority offers a wide range of opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved in looking after this special place. More information can be found on their website.