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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Dales conservation work branches out with new woodland

More than 20,000 native trees have been planted to create a new woodland called Ormsgill Wood in the heart of the Dales.

On the hillside above Airton, and boasting long-distance views over Malhamdale, it comprises a series of gill woodlands that provide important habitat for wildlife including black grouse.

Headwaters of the river Aire meander through the site creating wetland areas where moisture-loving species have been planted. In total 20,510 trees are planted here including: Downy Birch, Silver Birch, Rowan, Hazel, Bird Cherry, Sessile Oak, Goat Willow and Hawthorn.

Local conservation charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust co-ordinated the project in partnership with the Woodland Trust, the Forestry Commission and Yorkshire Farming and Wildlife Partnership.

The trust is inviting people to help make this new woodland extra special by dedicating some of the young trees on behalf of family, friends and loved ones.

Trust chief executive David Sharrod said: “We’d like each of these trees to tell a tale. We hope to fill this young woodland with happy memories and good wishes by inviting people to dedicate trees to celebrate special occasions such as births, weddings and anniversaries, or by dedicating a tree in memoriam.”

It's part of the Dales Woodland Restoration Programme which is delivered and funded by a partnership including the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and the Forestry Commission.

Working with landowners, more than 1.2 million new native trees have been planted across the region through the partnership, bringing long lasting benefits to wildlife, the environment and the landscape.

The project benefits from People’s Postcode Lottery players who have raised £896,000 for the trust to date.

Clara Govier, head of charities at People’s Postcode Lottery said: “We are delighted that our players are able to support projects that make a lasting and positive difference to the world we live in. Trees and woodlands are a vital part of the landscape, but the UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe, and the Yorkshire Dales has less woodland than any other national park in the UK. That’s why YDMT’s ongoing efforts to plant trees across the region is so important.”

Up to 100 per cent of trust funding is available to support landowners who want to create new native woodlands. The trust says it's particularly keen to hear from landowners in the Ingleborough area. Further information: Chris Lodge at or by calling 015242 51002. The next closing date for initial funding applications is 26 August, with other application windows to follow.

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