Dales Woodland Restoration
Tree planting is one of the most important things you can do for the environment. We’re working together with our partners and supporters to create a landscape with more native broadleaf woodlands for people and wildlife.
Back in 2018 we launched our Together for Trees campaign with the aim of planting 100,000 trees in two years - creating new natural woodlands for people and wildlife, helping to combat climate change and reducing biodiversity loss.
In 2020 funding from the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund helped us to expand our Together for Trees work. It means we can plant more native woodlands, hedgerows and landscape trees and engage even more people to care for our trees and woodlands into the future.
Restoring woodlands in our landscape and communities
The Together for Trees project will create a minimum of 30 new native woodlands (23 hectares) and restore 1km of hedgerow across the Dales and Nidderdale. We aim to plant and protect a further 80 individual landscape trees outside woodlands to help mitigate the impact of ash dieback.
We’ll also be working with communities in Sedbergh, Settle, Swaledale and Malham to create four new community woodlands - bringing landowners and volunteers together to help plant and maintain them.
Creating places for nature
By focusing on small woodlands and wildlife corridors that do not qualify for Forestry Commission or Agri-Environment schemes the project will help to connect habitats and reduce biodiversity loss. These new habitats will also bring wider benefits for the countryside and wildlife, providing natural flood management, stabilising soils, helping to control erosion and even improving water quality.
Connecting people with nature
From the very beginning Together for Trees has been about putting people and communities at the heart of our woodlands. Our aim is to engage at least 200 local community members and disadvantaged individuals in woodland activities that develop skills, improve their well-being and inspire green action. This will include:
- undertaking woodland surveying, planting and maintenance
- participating in a programme of woodland activities
- learning more about trees and woodland through training and learning resources
The project will also create and sustain 2.6 jobs, including a new Woodland Trainee job, and provide focused support for community groups within Sedbergh, Swaledale, Settle and Malham.
The Green Recovery Challenge Fund
YDMT received a grant of £249,900 from the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund to expand Together for Trees. It is one of the first environmental projects awarded a grant from the government’s £80 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund, which is funded by Defra and is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency. Read Together for Trees expands thanks to grant