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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (s)
It's time to count the stars!

We've been gazing at the stars since time began, we've worshipped them, we used them to navigate and we've been inspired by them

From Shakespeare to Coldplay - the stars have inspired.

To see the stars, we need dark skies.
Dark skies can be degraded by light pollution.
We need dark skies - we need night and day!
Natures natural rhythm depends on night skies - for migration, for feeding and for reproduction
As dark skies mark the difference between night and day, they also mark the difference between urban and rural landscapes.

We are so very lucky in North Yorkshire to have some of the darkest skies in the country. Right now CPRE are running the annual star count. 

Wrap up warm, get outside and count the stars 
our national web site will show you how ....
Anyone can do it, any where.
Take a good long look at the skies above - the views are so, so beautiful on a clear night.

Take part in CPRE's annual star count and help us map the dark sky areas of England.
We use Star Count to gather evidence about how light pollution affects views of the night skies and help support our work to tackle excessive or unnecessary lighting.

When you wish up on a star ...... 
Take part in the Cosmic census!


Thursday, 31 January 2019 12:48

Are you ready to count the stars?

CPRE’s Star Count 2019 is kicking off next week!

From Saturday 2 February until Saturday 23 February we’re asking supporters to count the number of stars they can see (with the naked eye) within the constellation of Orion, which we’ll use to create a new map to show the nation’s views of the night sky, and raise awareness of the issue of light pollution.

Find out how to take part at: www.cpre.org.uk/starcount   

It would be fantastic if you could all take part and encourage your friends and family to do the same, especially parts of North Yorkshire are some of  the UK's 'dark' counties.  Please share your experiences and pictures with #StarCount2019.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 06:00

and the results are......(super long pause)

Our first schools writing competition in 2018 was a great success!  

Children are our future,  our work to protect and enhance this county is for this generation and the next and the next….

We had some rather special judges, suitably experienced and well-equipped to judge a competition about ‘Why I love North Yorkshire’!

We’ll be presenting the awards and certificates at CPRENorthYorkshire’s AGM in March and hope that all our winners can attend!




Our judges said:  "We loved Summer’s entry as we felt it captured what’s special to her about North Yorkshire and also the unique qualities of the area – creating a vivid picture."

Well done Summer!  

Super Special category winner….

Alvin aged 7 - our judge says ‘Alvin, describes an enjoyable time with his father and there is a sense that he has really enjoyed what NorthYorkshire has to offer’.

Well done Alvin!

Special category winner:

Evie O 

Our judges said: 

‘Evie described many areas of North Yorkshire with a real sense of having experienced them’

and ‘we liked how her words painted a picture in our minds.’



of whose article our judges said:

‘We loved her descriptive wording which showed her passion for North Yorkshire’.

Winning School

Helmsley Community Primary School


Tuesday, 22 January 2019 14:37

Harrogate - Green Hammerton application

3000 dwellings at Green Hammerton - mixed use major application.

Our dedicated and hard working Planning Wardens in the City of York area alerted CPRENorthYorkshire trustees to application 2018/02687/OUTM, a hybrid application for up to 516 residential led mixed use development immediately adjacent to the Askham Bog site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).  The application site is 40.05 hectares located within the York Green Belt 14.78 hectares of the site is proposed for development.

The Inspector asked for further comments in relation to the recent EIP of the Craven District Council local Plan, in particular the Hellifield Flashes and Local Green Space.  CPRENorthYorkshire have responded, supporting the findings of local people, one of who is a former planning inspector!

We await the Inspector's decision on this controversial area .....

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