News from Rohan Long Preston – 100,000 Trees for the Region

Hebden community woodland planting

News from Rohan Long Preston

This winter local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) will be working with partners including Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Forestry Commission and Woodland Trust to plant more than 100,000 trees across the region.

Together they will create 38 new woodlands covering 75 hectares as part of their aim to double the amount of broadleaf tree cover in the Dales by 2020, through the Dales Woodland Restoration Programme.

At Mearbeck Farm near Settle, 11,000 trees will be planted to cover almost 10 hectares. Species including sessile oak, common alder, goat willow, downy birch, rowan, aspen, scots pine, holly, hazel and hawthorn will help to improve biodiversity and enhance the landscape across the farm.

YDMT is also working in partnership with Nidderdale AONB on another large scheme which will see just over 9,000 trees planted at various locations around Pateley Bridge and Lofthouse. Many of the trees will be planted in gills to help reduce erosion and enhance water quality in nearby Scar House Reservoir. Low density planting will link to existing areas of woodland to increase habitat diversity and support bird species including black grouse, ring ouzel, song thrush and spotted flycatcher.

Many smaller woodland creation projects will also receive support this winter, including schemes near Ripon, Richmond, Ingleton, Sedbergh, Skipton and York, to name just a few.

Also, in Hebden near Grassington, parish councillors and villagers of all ages came together to plant a copse in the heart of the village that can be enjoyed by the local community and visitors. In total 100 native trees have been planted here in memory of Jennie Tarr.

Carol Douglas, YDMT Woodland Officer, said: “Trees and woodlands bring many long-term benefits and are a vital part of the landscape. But the UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe, and the Yorkshire Dales has less woodland than any other National Park in the UK. Thanks to the support of landowners, partners and local communities, these young trees will grow to enrich the landscape and provide important habitats for our wildlife.”

You can help the charity to continue this important work by dedicating a tree. It’s a special way to commemorate a birth, wedding, anniversary or other occasion, or to remember the life of a loved one. Visit   Find out more at

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