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Parks and open spaces
You can find information on parks and open spaces in this section.
Find a range of information about the services we provide by using our online mapping.
North Yorkshire County Council own seven official gypsy/traveller sites situated throughout the County. All of the sites are managed on behalf of the County Council.
North Yorkshire County Council undertakes routine cutting of grass; tree and hedge pruning; and shrub and rose bed maintenance on property it owns.
North Yorkshire County Council does not own or manage any nature reserves. There are a few Local Nature Reserves which have been created or designated by the district and borough councils. The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and RSPB own and manage nature reserves, all of which have some degree of public access.
Wildlife is a key consideration for the County Council. Wildlife, or biodiversity, is a complex collection of plants and animals set within habitats and the interactions between them all. Together these form the web of life, often referred to as the ecosystem. Mankind is a part of this system and from it we derive life-giving benefits including oxygen, food, materials and medicines. We derive numerous benefits from the ecosystem, including soil for our crops to grow in and bees to pollinate the crops. Carbon is captured and stored by the ecosystem and vegetation slows down water run off and helps to prevent flooding. Habitats and wildlife inspire artists and improve everyone's quality of life.
Information about parks in the local area including location, facilities, opening times and events etc, can be found from your local district or borough council.
Plots of land for use to grow vegetables, fruit and flowers are available for rent by local people. Water supplies, sheds/storage and skips are usually provided on allotment sites and car parking may also be available. Your local authority will determine the regulations concerning the use of allotments and they are responsible for ensuring adequate security (fences etc.) is provided.
The local authority is responsible for managing play facilities such as playgrounds; and outdoor and indoor play areas, catering for age groups ranging from four to twelve years.
The Caravan and Control of Development Act 1960 prohibits the use of land as a caravan site unless the occupier holds a site licence issued by the local authority. A caravan site includes anywhere a caravan (including mobile or 'park' home) is situated and occupied for human habitation including touring sites and single sites.