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Woodland Planting New Native Woodland planting above Skirethorns

D2 – Woodland creation

Support landowners to create at least a further 450 hectares of native broadleaved and mixed woodland that enhances the National Park’s landscape by 2024, with priority given to projects that strengthen habitat networks, increase carbon storage and help to reduce flooding.

How the local partners are doing on this objective


Around 600 ha of native broadleaved and mixed woodland were planted during 2022/23 (figure subject to final confirmation). This brings the total created by local partner organisations (Forestry Commission; White Rose Forest; Woodland Trust; Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust; Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and others) to almost 1,000 ha since 2018.

As part of the Forestry Plastic Group, the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust hosted an annual conference with over 100 attendees to address the use and management of plastic, encouraging a change in attitudes and behaviours to reduce the amount of single-use plastic within the industry.

Press releases & related articles:

5 December 2023 – Woodland creation ‘on course’, as planting season begins

1 November 2022 – Arkengarthdale sees ‘great example’ of nature conservation

4 April 2022 – Family creates first ‘Grow Back Greener’ woodland

2 February 2022 – New Funding Agreement for Woodland Creation in The Yorkshire Dales National Park

18 January 2022 – New Collaboration to Scale Up Woodland Creation in the Dales

15 December 2020 – Bigger ambition for woodland in National Park

Rationale: There is a strong local track record of native woodland creation (over 1,000 ha planted in the last 10 years) but the National Park remains very sparsely covered by native woodland (2.5%).  Defra’s 25 Year Environment Plan sets a national target of 12% coverage by 2060.  There is still significant scope to increase native woodland coverage without detriment to farm viability, landscape character or wildlife.  The southern edge of the National Park lies within the area of the proposed Great Northern Forest.  The National Park is also within the area of the Northern Upland Chain Local Nature Partnership, which has proposed the long-term creation of 35,000 ha of new native and mixed woodland along the northern Pennines.

Lead partnerForestry Commission

Supporting partners:  Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority; Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust; National Trust; Woodland Trust; Environment Agency; White Rose Forest

Further information:  YDNPA – Woodland PlantingDales Woodland Restoration – YDMT;  

Cost over 5 years:   £2,700,000

Funding shortfall:  £700,000

Related objectives:  A1; A7; C1; C3?; D5; D7; E9

Ecosystem services:  Climate regulation; Biodiversity; Water Flow; Soil erosion; Timber provision; Water quality; Recreation; Pollination; Genetic diversity; Regulating pests; A sense of place and inspiration; Tranquillity; Energy;

Trade-offs:    Poorly-sited woodlands can have impacts on landscape character (A3); important historical sites (A6); important habitats (C1); important species (C2); and restoration of peatland (D3).  These impacts are avoided/mitigated through the Dales Woodland Strategy and associated Woodland Siting and Design Guide.

Baseline: 0 ha