Dales Woodland Restoration

Tree planting is perhaps what the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust is most well known for. Since we first started out in 1996 we’ve been helping to restore native broadleaf woodlands throughout the Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale. It’s something that’s very close to our hearts.

The Trust has planted over 1.2 million trees so far!

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust is part of the Dales Woodland Forum. The Forum’s Dales Woodland Strategy aims to double the amount of broadleaf woodland in the dales by 2020. This will be done by creating new broadleaf and mixed plantations, ideally next to existing woodland. Tree species planted will be those naturally found in the Dales, including oak, downy birch, rowan and alder.

Due to the concerns surrounding the Ash Dieback disease (Chalara fraxinea) we are not currently planting ash trees on advice from the Forestry Commission and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

Why plant trees?

Woodland restoration is not just about planting trees. It’s about rebuilding habitats for hundreds of species of wildlife. It’s about creating spaces for people to enjoy. In the Yorkshire Dales it’s also about restoring part of our natural landscape that has been lost due to deforestation.

Just 13% of the UK is covered with trees, compared to the European average of 37%. In the Yorkshire Dales that figure falls to 4.8% - lower than any other national park in the country.

Of course ultimately planting trees is about sustaining life on Earth.

See details of our Supporter Woodlands on our Interactive Map.


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Working in partnership

We’re not alone in our campaign to bring beautiful native woodlands back to the Dales. The Dales Woodland Restoration programme is delivered in partnership with the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the Forestry Commission, Nidderdale AONB, Yorwoods and Natural England. Funding for woodland projects is available through many of these organisations and in Nidderdale additional funds are available through SITA, which are landfill tax monies also delivered through the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.


Crucially, half of the funding for our woodland restoration work must come from you, our supporters, to match grants we receive.


Of course none of our work would be possible without suitable planting sites – so landowners play a vital part in the Dales Woodland Restoration programme. We may be able to provide grants to landowners who are interested in planting trees. We also provide full support throughout the process of woodland creation including site assessments, grant application, planning, obtaining quotations from contractors, and then overseeing the planting. The scheme also provides long-term maintenance agreements, monitoring and support.

Find out more about getting a grant to create new woodland by emailing our Woodland Officer, Carol Douglas or call 015242 51002.

Please be aware that we are currently heavily over-subscribed for woodland grant funding.


Nidderdale AONB Woodland Opportunities Plan

Dales Woodland Strategy 20013-2018