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Home heritage NYMR launches appeal for conservation project volunteers

NYMR launches appeal for conservation project volunteers

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) is appealing for volunteers to assist with ongoing lineside conservation projects.

The projects cover 18 miles of line, from Pickering to Grosmont. The stretch provides habitats for the wide range of flora and fauna, including the rare Duke of Burgundy butterfly, otters, slow worms, adders, and the common lizard.

Kerry Fieldhouse, lineside conservation officer, North Yorkshire Moors Railway, said: As winter approaches and the nights draw in, it’s very easy for us to hunker down – but for me, there’s nothing better than escaping the day-to-day by getting outdoors and enjoying all that nature has to offer – not least the mental and physical benefits of getting active in the fresh air.

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Kerry Fieldhouse

“One great way to do that is volunteering at the NYMR – we are a registered charity and are always looking for new members to join the lineside conservation team, who love swapping the humdrum of everyday for some fresh air and beautiful vistas.

 “Conservation volunteering is physical work, clearing areas, digging, lopping and using bow saws – but it’s hugely rewarding and there are visible results. It is genuinely suitable for lots of different people and we encourage you to take it at your own pace. For example, one of our volunteers, Jeff, has arthritis, so he simply takes his own chair to sit on when he needs a breather.”

The NYMR lineside conservation work is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF), through the Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey Project (YMJ). The project was specifically designed with longevity in mind and to ensure the sustainability of the railway.  Volunteers must be 18 or over, and volunteer days are usually Thursdays, with some occasional weekend projects. If you are interested in conservation volunteering, visit nymr.co.uk/volunteer for more information.

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