Yorkshire Water advances toward goal of planting one million trees by 2028

Yorkshire Water is dedicated to planting one million trees by 2028, and as the second largest landowner in the county, it manages over 72,000 hectares of land.

The company has already planted more than 250,000 trees and is committed to achieving its ambitious target by 2028.

To support this goal, Yorkshire Water has collaborated with partners such as The National Trust, the Woodland Trust, and White Rose Forest to identify suitable areas for tree planting to help meet national government targets for tree planting.

This winter, the Forestry Commission is supporting a project to plant over 18,000 trees in a new nine-hectare woodland at Underbank Reservoir near Sheffield.

The planting will include native broadleaf trees such as oak, birch, aspens, cherry, hawthorn, and holly trees, with the majority being located between the Oaks and Brooks bank bridge.

Hazel Earnshaw, lead countryside and woodland advisor, expressed excitement about the tree planting initiative and emphasized the multiple benefits it brings, including carbon offsetting, biodiversity enhancement, improved water quality, and natural flood management. Yorkshire Water plans to engage the community by organizing planting days to involve local residents in the initiative.

Crispin Thorn, Forestry Commission Area Director for Yorkshire and North East, commended Yorkshire Water’s commitment to tree planting and expressed support for the initiative through the flagship England Woodland Creation Offer grant.

Source : Yorkshire Water


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