GROUPS and individuals involved in conservation work in the North York Moors National Park are being encouraged to apply for a financial boost.

A £500 grant is being offered by the North Yorkshire Moors Association (NYMA) to help projects which conserve and enhance the natural or built environment of the National Park.

The money is a way of recognising and rewarding excellence in individual and community conservation projects.

Previous winners include creation of a wildflower meadow near Robin Hood’s Bay, conservation of an ice-house at Wykham, oak-tree planting at Oakridge, and the restoration of Kirby Trod.

The award is presented biennially and funded jointly by NYMA and the North York Moors National Park Authority.

For an application form and more details, contact the NYMA Secretary, Janet Cochrane, at or 07570-112010.

Entries should be submitted by April 30, with the winning entry decided by the end of May, and presented on June 10.