Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
2:53 PM 10th December 2020

National Park Secures Woodland Funding To Help Green Recovery

Recent tree planting in the National Park
Recent tree planting in the National Park
The North York Moors National Park is set to have large areas of its woodland restored and conserved, thanks to a grant of over £160,000 from the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. Alongside the significant environmental benefits, the project will employ four new full-time members of staff, with three of these positions going to young people aged 16-24 years old.

Across England, Defra has awarded 68 projects with grants of between £62k and £3.8 million to help kick-start nature-based schemes while creating and retaining jobs.

The North York Moors National Park Authority and the North York Moors National Park Trust have together been successful in securing one of the first of these grants.

Tom Hind, Chair of the North York Moors National Park Trust, said:

“The North York Moors contains some outstanding woodland habitats, but if we want our woodlands to support as much native wildlife as possible, then they require ongoing care and maintenance. By removing invasive species and planting additional trees and shrubs where needed, we will boost diversity, increase pollen sources and help secure the future of these high priority habitats.”

The newly-formed Woodland Restoration Team will begin work in January, with the project running for 15 months until March 2022. Throughout this time the group will receive training and develop skills which will help them secure similar employment locally or to become self-employed contractors.

National Park volunteers will also work alongside the Woodland Restoration Team on tasks including the removal and recycling of up to 115,000 redundant plastic tree guards.

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is a key part of Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan to kick-start nature recovery and tackle climate change. The fund is being delivered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.

Environment Minister, Rebecca Pow, said:

“These projects will drive forward work across England to restore and transform our landscapes, boost nature and create green jobs, and will be a vital part of helping us to build back greener from coronavirus.

“I look forward to working with environmental organisations as these projects help address the twin challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change, while creating and retaining jobs as part of the green recovery.”