Trees and woodlands
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority positively supports landowners and communities to manage and increase the amount of woodlands within the National Park. This is supported by the Dales Woodlands Strategy and the National Park Management Plan, which has objectives to significantly increase the amount of woodland and to bring all ancient semi natural woodlands into management.
Creating new woodlands
Over the last 6 years, the 'Dales Woodland Restoration Programme' has funded the creation of 450 hectares of new native woodland in the National Park, almost all of which is on privately-owned land. The Programme is jointly-funded by the Forestry Commission, the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.
The Authority and its partners have an ambitious target to increase the amount of native woodland by 100 hectares each year for the rest of the decade.
The Authority is also an active participant within a pilot project being run by the Forestry Commission to look at the opportunities for businesses to become carbon neutral and support new woodlands by buying carbon credits. Not only will this help businesses to become green it will assist landowners to create new woodlands.
In addition, the management of existing woodlands will mean that they will start to regenerate and develop a wide age structure leading to more carbon capture than an unmanaged wood. The soil structure will develop and carbon will be retained.