Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
2:15 PM 27th April 2021

Tarmac’s Commitment To People And The Planet Continues

YDMT and Tarmac at Pasture Wood in Grassington.
YDMT and Tarmac at Pasture Wood in Grassington.
Tarmac will be supporting the planting of another 1,800 trees in the Yorkshire Dales this year thanks to their ‘People and the Planet’ initiative.

It is the second year of a ten-year partnership with Clapham-based Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, which will also see the education and development of 2,500 people and the completion of a staggering 7,700 hours of volunteering.

The initiative has already seen a small group of volunteers remove hundreds of redundant tree tubes from Bargh Wood near Stainforth last year – and that work continued in Grassington recently.

Employees from Tarmac enjoyed the fine weather at Pasture Wood in the village to undertake general site maintenance.

This picturesque woodland above Grassington is planted with 5,500 native broadleaved trees including oak, birch, rowan, holly, hazel, hawthorn and willow.

The team spent the day weeding at the wood, straightening tree guards and removing hundreds of tubes which will be recycled as part of YDMT’s Plastic Free Woodlands project.

Leah Galloway, Development Officer at YDMT said:
“It was really good to welcome Tarmac and their volunteers out to Pasture Wood to not only help maintain the wood but enjoy each other’s company in a safe environment. Access to nature and breathing spaces is something we all know is important at the current time and the team really enjoyed working on the hillside.”

Richard Kerwin, Area Director at Tarmac, added:
“The team at Tarmac were very excited to get back out into the Yorkshire Dales to support YDMT with the important work they do to protect the national park. The 'People and the Planet' initiative is something we are very proud to be involved with and we are looking forward to taking part in more volunteering activities throughout the year.”

Tarmac will also be providing YDMT with opportunities to organise visits to their sites through several ‘Rock to Road tours’ throughout the year, when restrictions allow.