THE DALAI Lama’s Tibetan monks are to carry out sacred chants and blessings outside the gates of Ryedale’s fracking site, as protesters mark the first anniversary of the protest camp.

The Gyuto Monks of Tibet will visit Kirby Misperton in Ryedale on Wednesday, December 20, when they will perform traditional sacred chants at the gates of Third Energy’s well site, which has been the focus of protests in recent months.

The monks are currently touring the UK for a series of special Scared Music Concerts. Frack Free Ryedale while they visit the site they will be “blessing the land, the water and the local community through their unique chanting and music, and spreading the message of loving kindness and compassion”.

The Gyuto monks chant in a deep, harmonic overtone and have performed to huge audiences worldwide, from the Sydney Opera House to Glastonbury Festival.

They will be arriving as Kirby Misperton Protection Camp marks 12 months since the site was set up on land just off the A169.

The camp was put in place after campaigners lost a High Court challenge against North Yorkshire County Council’s decision to allow fracking to go ahead.

Some protesters will be marking their second Christmas at the camp this year.

One of the protesters, Michelle Easton, said a group of local women had offered to bring a festive dinner up to the camp on Christmas Day. Frack Free Bridlington had also dropped off a sack of Christmas presents for the protesters.

Michelle said approximately a dozen protesters would mark Christmas Day in the camp.

"Camping is quite hard-going at the minute with the cold, but we have communal spaces with wood burners and people have their own wood burners in their tents," she said.