The Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has received a grant from the Woodland Trust to create a ‘Woodland Opportunity Plan’ to prioritise areas for tree planting in the AONB and the White Rose Forest, part of the new Northern Forest (which has an overall ambition to plant 50 million trees across the north of England over the next 25 years).
Sarah Kettlewell, Nidderdale AONB Manager, said:
“Woodlands enrich not just our wildlife, but our own quality of life in terms of health and well-being. They bring a whole range of benefits to our environment, economy, industry, employment, health, well-being and biodiversity.
“The grant from the Woodland Trust will enable us to identify the best areas for woodland planting in the AONB, by calculating a ‘woodland opportunity score’ across the AONB, taking into account factors such as woodland connectivity, flood risk, protected habitats and heritage. Planting trees is generally positive, but there are areas that will be more beneficial to plant, for example areas that can contribute to natural flood management, as well as locations that need protection from tree planting, such as heritage sites.
“This plan will allow us to work effectively and actively engage with landowners who have land in higher scoring areas. We are keen for landowners to come forward to work with us to plant trees.
“We hope it will also contribute to wider awareness on the benefits of tree planting with the wider public. Planting a tree or hedgerow in your garden can create habitat for local wildlife and, ultimately, every tree counts in helping to reduce carbon emissions and increase carbon storage.
“The new plan is a complement to our wider work around increasing tree planting. We’ve already successfully supported planting within the new White Rose Forest with the help of AONB volunteers and support from the Rotary Club of Harrogate, and are looking to plant a further thousand trees with Harrogate Rotary Club funding in the coming months.”
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