New collaboration to scale up woodlands in the Dales

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. Both of these initiatives are backed by the Government’s Nature for Climate Fund and Forestry Commission look forward to working with partners to support delivery.

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