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Monday, 19 November 2012

Funding boost for Dales tree planting

A conservation charity has announced that funding is available to support the planting of native broadleaf trees in the Yorkshire Dales, creating new woodland habitats and providing potential long term income for landowners.

The woodland creation programme is run by local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and the team is on the look out for suitable sites across the area to plant with a mixture of native broadleaf species this winter.

Working with partners including the Forestry Commission and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, the trust will discuss potential sites, identify potential grants available from other organisations, suggest suitable tree species and protection methods, and help with the design and planning of the site.

SITE BY SITE
Eligibility is assessed on a site-by-site basis, and depending on the specific details of each site a grant covering up to 100 per cent of the cost of creating the new woodland could be available to landowners through the trust.

The Clapham, North Yorkshire-based charity wants to hear from all landowners interested in putting some of their land to good use in this way to create traditional woodlands.

The organisation says that although planting trees brings lasting benefits to wildlife, the environment and the landscape which have long been documented, there is now another incentive for landowners — woodlands can be certified under the Woodland Carbon Code which could allow them to benefit from a financial return on their investment.

This new Forestry Commission initiative offers businesses and individuals a credible and cost-effective opportunity to reduce or mitigate their carbon footprint by investing in woodland creation.  This can provide a financial return to the landowner either through a contribution to the initial establishment costs or as a longer term income.

COME FORWARD
Chris Lodge, the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust's woodland development officer, said: “We’re appealing to farmers and landowners with any possible sites for planting to come forward.

"Planting trees is a vital long term investment in the environment. The current concern surrounding ash trees makes planting new sites with appropriate species more important than ever.

"With the help of our funding, guidance and expertise, landowners have a chance to make a significant and long-lasting difference to the future of the Yorkshire Dales landscape.

"We are delighted that the Woodland Carbon Code now provides an added financial incentive to this package, offering woodland owners the opportunity to benefit financially from the programme as well.”

Anyone interested in taking part in the woodland creation programme or finding out more about the Woodland Carbon Code, can contact Chris Lodge on 015242 51002 or email chris.lodge@ydmt.org.

Any organisations or individuals wishing to find out more about mitigating their carbon footprint through the scheme can call Lindsay Wallace at the trust on 015242 51002 or email lindsay.wallace@ydmt.org.

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