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Local history and heritage
North Yorkshire County Council considers heritage to embrace both the natural and historic environment.
North Yorkshire has a rich historical heritage, which includes well known monuments like Fountains Abbey and Middleham Castle, and the buried remains of Roman towns such as Aldborough. There is also a rich and diverse natural heritage including many Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation, with habitats ranging from ancient woodlands to flower-rich grassland.
The historic environment, the physical remains of the human past, provides us with attractive towns, villages and countryside in which to live and work, enhances our quality of life, provides an educational and tourism resource and gives us a sense of place and identity.
The natural environment and biodiversity, the variety of living things that exist, are fundamental to the existence of life on Earth. Biodiversity provides oxygen, food, materials and medicines for people, yet the number of species and habitats in the country are declining at an alarming rate.
The conservation of this heritage both for the present and for future generations is vital.
As part of North Yorkshire County Council's waste and countryside services, the historic and natural environment teams help to deliver the Council's key objective "to maintain and enhance our environment and heritage".
They achieve this through the following:
Through the local collections of North Yorkshire libraries, students and researchers at all levels and of all ages can investigate the background and significance of local and regional history.
North Yorkshire's County Records Office collects and preserve millions of documents relating to the county's history. The public can access these documents for personal, legal, administrative and historical purposes.
Discover the heritage and museums of North Yorkshire through the Welcome to Yorkshire website.
You can find a range of information about the services we provide by using our online mapping.