The initiatives include an£11.4m farm tourism initiative for
the whole region, and over a million pounds for the regeneration of
farm woodlands in North Yorkshire. Both projects have been developed
development of rural areas.
Initiating the launch of both projects in Yorkshire Mr Morley said:
'The launch of these projects today illustrate the government's
commitment to the future of the countryside and are a testament to
the planning, hardwork, and vision of all the individuals and
'The Yorwoods project and farm tourism initiative are an excellent
example of what can be achieved under the Objective 5b scheme. I
hope it will continue to be at the heart of future developments in
the countryside in partnership with individuals, private industry and
'The countryside is not static but constantly developing and the
enterprise and initiative that have come to fruition today are a
clear example of what can be achieved when individuals,
organisations, and government co-operate under the Objective 5b
1. Details of both projects are attached.
2. Mr Morley launched the woodlands initiative at Dacre near
Harrogate and the farm tourism initiative at Kilnsey Park Estate in
3. Objective 5b is one of seven numbered Objectives under the EC
Structure policy. As of June 1997 188 projects directly benefitting
the agricultural sector have been approved. It provides for aid to
rural areas whose economies are performing significantly less well
than other parts of Member States.
4. The Northern Uplands is one of eleven rural areas in the UK
designated for the purposes of Objective 5b and includes parts of
Lancashire, North Yorks, Durham, Cumbria and Northumberland.
UPLAND YORKSHIRE OBJECTIVE 5B WOODLAND INITIATIVE KNOWN AS
The aim of the project is to raise awareness amongst woodland owners
of the link between good environmental management and improved
economic potential. This will be achieved through: management and
business training, demonstration of best practice, projects
addressing environmental issues in woodlands, training and
information, grant aid, and market awareness.
The region has a lack of tree cover and a majority of the existing
stock is under managed or not managed at all. Most of the woodlands
are in small blocks, 40% are below 3 hectares and 25% are less than 1
hectare. Many are used for overwintering of stock and shelter belts.
The lack of fencing results in overgrazing and tree damage from wild
animals such as deer and rabbits.
The project has a total value of£1,078,354 of which European
Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund will contribute£396,833 and
MAFF£250,924. The publicly funded members of the partnership will
contribute£145,909, The Forestry Contracting Association£109, 694
and other private companies£174,994.
It will create 11 full time jobs, safeguard at least another 80, and
will be of significant environmental benefit to North Yorkshire.
The partnership includes: English Nature, Forestry Authority, North
York Moors National Park, Forestry Contractors Association, Timber
Growers Association, Yorkshire Dales National Park, and the Yorkshire
NORTHERN UPLANDS OBJECTIVE 5B FARM TOURISM
This project comprises of four initiatives submitted by the Regional
Tourist Boards for Cumbria, Northumbria, Yorkshire and the North
West. The projects seek to develop a range of measures to increase
and improve farm tourism across the whole of the Northern Uplands
area and together form a significant farm tourism strategy for the
The objectives are to increase visitor numbers and spending through
promotion and marketing, and improve competitiveness by increased
training. Other key objectives include enhancing the environment and
provision of public access. These will be delivered through
enterprise consultancy, marketing and business grants, capital
grants, skills training, and support for group and individual
marketing and promotional programmes.
Together the four projects have a total value of£11.4m, of
this the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund
contribution is just under£2.2m and the MAFF contribution is
Other partners include: regional development councils, local
authorities, training and enterprise councils, and the private sector
through individual farm tourism enterprises.