GRANTS are now available to help create new native broadleaf woodland in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas.

The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s (YDMT) woodland-creation programme is open to anyone who owns or manages land and will help plant woodland of any size, including the costs of fencing and planting.

Funding is also available for individual landscape and field trees to help offset the impacts of tree disease and increasing severity of storms.

Chris Lodge, woodland officer at YDMT, said: “Most landowners, particularly farmers, will have small areas of their farm that are unproductive or underused. Although these areas are small in terms of size, they can have a big impact on the biodiversity of the local area and the Dales as a whole.

“Small woodlands and hedgerows help create wildlife corridors as well as contributing to our fight against climate change.”

Sandra Ireton from Westfields in Chapel-le-Dale planted Chapel Beck wood with the Trust in 2020/21.

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She said: “We planted 2,000 trees with YDMT to create a wildlife corridor along Chapel Beck. They made the process really easy from start to finish and I’m delighted with how the scheme is growing.” 

For further details contact Chris on or call 015242 51002.