Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
5:15 PM 23rd December 2020

More Than 22 Hectares Of Woodland To Be Planted This Winter

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) will be supporting the planting of 29,000 trees in the new year as it creates new woodlands in the Dales.

The Clapham-based charity looks set to help create close to 22.5 hectares of new woodland – nearly 28 football pitches in size – thanks to its partners and players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Carol Douglas, YDMT Woodland Officer, said:
“Since our Together for Trees appeal launched in 2018, we have supported the planting of nearly 60,000 trees, helping to counteract Britain’s contribution to global warming and create woodland that everyone can enjoy – for health, wellbeing, and habitat creation.

“It’s great to work with landowners who want to create new woodland, and the fact we can help them plant trees is thanks to our superb supporters, partners and players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

“The news of our successful Green Recovery Challenge Fund grant will allow us to further enhance this programme over the next two years, bringing a real difference to communities in the Dales.”

The expanded Together for Trees programme will see even more native woodland, alongside the restoration of 1,000 metres of hedgerow and the planting of new iconic field trees to help mitigate the impact of ash dieback.

Carol added:
“We are also excited about creating new community woodlands - bringing landowners and volunteers together to help the environment, as well as explore ways to remove, recycle and find alternatives to using plastic tubes in woodland creation. This is an exciting time for woodland creation in our region!”

Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised nearly £2.5 million for YDMT since 2009, which has allowed the charity to continue expanding its work to support the people, landscape and wildlife of this special area.