Dreaming of a green Christmas?
December 17, 2009
It’s been a while since my last post because it’s been so busy for us at the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust. No winding down before Christmas for us!
One of the things keeping us busy is the start of a new tree planting season. In November Chris Lodge, who looks after our woodland restoration project, had 25 new woodland schemes approved to go ahead in the Dales (and more in recent weeks). That means over 90,000 new native, broadleaf trees will be planted in the Yorkshire Dales this winter.
To celebrate this & to mark National Tree Week, which was 25th Nov-6th Dec we invited some of our loyal supporters to plant some trees at one of the new sites, Calm Slate in Halton East near Skipton. Despite mist, frozen ground and rusty spade skills we were all surprised by how well we did! With the help of Dales Holiday Cottages, Sinclairs and Lollypop Printers, we planted a whopping 50 trees (on my estimations!) Although we didn’t make much of an impression on the 90,000 target – we planted a lot more than I expected when we first arrived! We’ll leave the rest to the experts.
Thanks to everyone who came along. We truly appreciate the support we receive from our donors and corporate supporters for woodland planting. It makes a massive difference to our landscape in the Dales. As David Sharrod put it, planting a tree is a very selfless act – as most of us won’t see the full benefits of it in our lifetime – but it will make a make a massive impact on the environment for generations to follow.
If you want to support our tree planting effort you can dedicate a tree online by visiting www.ydmt.org or call us on 015242 51004. We’ll plant a tree on your behalf and invite you to come and visit the new woodland once it’s planted. Go on, do something green this Christmas!