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New Collaboration to Scale Up Woodland Creation in the Dales

Tuesday 18 January, 2022, by News Release

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and the Woodland Trust have agreed a landmark collaboration to help increase native woodland in the National Park.

This means working with local farmers and landowners over the next 3 to 4 years to find sites for the creation of at least 240 hectares of new native woodland habitat. Work will involve designing and then overseeing the planting of schemes, and supporting new woodland owners to monitor and maintain sites to ensure the woodlands successfully establish.  

The agreement is expected to bring in around £3 million of investment for new woodland creation, a proportion of which will be used to ensure the right sites are selected for planting.

Each new planting site will help to grow the White Rose Forest – the community forest for North and West Yorkshire – as well as the larger Northern Forest that will stretch from Liverpool to the Yorkshire coast, and will be delivered via the Northern Forest Partnership ‘Grow Back Greener’ funding programme.

These new woodlands will focus on the four key themes of the ‘Grow Back Greener’ programme: linking existing ancient woodlands; creating riparian woodlands; woodland creation through natural processes; and schemes which contribute to regional carbon sequestration goals.   

Ian McPherson, Member Champion for the Natural Environment at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said: “These schemes will provide a multitude of benefits, improving wildlife, water quality and flood management, and supporting farm businesses across the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

“Through the concerted efforts of partners in the Dales Woodland Forum working with local farmers and landowners, 2,200ha of new woodland has been created over the last 25 years at over 170 different sites in the Yorkshire Dales. Our new ‘Dales Woodland Strategy’ has now set an ambition to create a further 6,000ha of woodland habitat in the National Park by 2030.

“Through new partnerships, such as this one with the Woodland Trust, and collaborative working with local farmers and landowners we can go much further in creating quality woodlands in the right places to help tackle the climate emergency.”

Simon Mageean, the Woodland Trust’s Programme Director for the Northern Forest, said: “Farmers and landowners in the National Park will be able to apply for up to 100% of the actual costs of woodland creation and aftercare, thanks to this grant funding from the Government’s Nature for Climate Fund which is helping to deliver the England Trees Action Plan.  

“The Grow Back Greener approach is holistic, flexible and site-specific, with enhanced advisor support at no cost to the landowner or land manager and an emphasis on quality nature outcomes. The National Park Authority will open an application process for interested farmers and landowners shortly”.

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4 Replies to “New Collaboration to Scale Up Woodland Creation in the Dales”

  1. mark perreault says:

    Hope you do not plant too many trees. The greatest charm of the Dales is its open space, moors, fields and endless views. New forest must be limited and carefully placed.

    • News Release says:

      Thank you for your comment. The partners in this collaboration are very clear that the new woodlands must help to enhance the character of the landscape. Even if the ambition to create 6,000 ha of new native woodland by 2030 is realised, that would still leave 93% of the area of the National Park unwooded; it would still be a fundamentally open landscape. Also, although as you say the very open landscape we have now is charming/beautiful, the historical removal of trees has had quite damaging ‘behind the scenes’ effects such as causing downstream flooding, soil erosion, and the decline of woodland birds.

  2. Dylan says:

    Fantastic news. The one thing that puts me and my family off from the Yorkshire Dales is lack of trees. We would much rather go to the lakes ditrict to the likes of Grizedale etc. This will be a huge benefit to the current landscape. One thing we need right now for future generations is more trees.

    • SJW says:

      I don’t think I’d see lack of trees as a valid reason to shun the Dales. It’s a stunning area regardless, and it’s worth noting that the Lake District is full of high mountains and huge water bodies, so trees are never going to obscure the main view, but the Dales is largely lower, gently sloping hills (though high to very high in some places), but too much tree coverage everywhere would obliterate some of these fine flatter views that make the Dales what it is.

      I agree that enhanced tree coverage is needed in the Dales, but more for wildlife and drainage issues. Also the temperate rainforest needs building up at Buckden and other places imo. The Dales in a prime rainforest zone and that really needs more focus now.

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