The money has been given by Yorkshire Forward, the regional development agency, and the national park plans to spend it in two £50,000 tranches.
Half will be made available for opening up the countryside and will fund:
- additional ranger staff on the ground
- the use of voluntary wardens to promote public access in the national park;
- the development of an alternative events programme for visitors to the national park; and
- widely available promotional material to inform the public of where they can walk, cycle and ride in the park.
- sustainable farming pilot project to reintroduce hardy cattle breeds for conservation management purposes on farms that have had their stock culled;
- funding farmers to undertake dry stone walling projects on their farms;
- And planting landscape trees.