Friends of Hob Moor was set up in October 1999 and we now have over 150 members.
Our aims are:
- to work for the conservation and improvement of Hob Moor
- to research the history and ecology of the moor
- to promote the moor as an open space to be enjoyed by the people of York
Our activities include:
- Communicating regularly with the Council about matters affecting the moor
- Producing newsletters detailing news about the moor and the group's activities
- Organising an annual programme of walks and talks for our members and for the public
- Holding formal meetings with the Council every two months to discuss their plans and any issues
- Consulting with the Council Planning department over any developments that might affect the moor
- Recording the flora and fauna
- Co-funding amenities for the public, such as additional benches and the information boards, which we keep regularly updated
- Helping the Council with practical work, such as hedge-planting
- Responding to concerns expressed to Friends of Hob Moor by users of the moor
- Litter collecting
- Commissioning surveys of the wildlife and plants on the moor to help with the management and conservation
- Commissioning occasional archaeological surveys
- Researching the history of Hob Moor
- Developing the website as a rich source of information
- Running a stand with displays and information at local events
The group has produced a colour leaflet about Hob Moor which is distributed city-wide, featuring a tour round areas of particular interest (you can download a version here
In 2004, we produced a book Hob Moor - Historic Stray and Local Nature Reserve, detailing the history and ecology of the moor, and sold all 1,000 copies. However, copies are still available in the Dringhouses, Acomb and Central libraries.
We became a Registered Charity (No. 1084566) in January 2001.