Create a lasting legacy for the land

February 20, 2020

With support from Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, Darren Sheffield and his partner Anna have planted 2,200 native broadleaf trees at Low Branthwaites in Sedbergh.

They wanted to create interest in the landscape, improve biodiversity and allow people to enjoy the breath-taking views across the Howgills.

The new woodland was planted over the course of ten weeks by students from Sedbergh School as part of their John Muir Award, a national environmental scheme encouraging people to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places.

They were also joined by national park volunteers.

“When we moved to Sedbergh we wanted to create something that would have a long-term benefit for the area,” Darren said. “This woodland is here for future generations to enjoy and we hope that it will attract red squirrels from nearby Garsdale as well as birds and other species.

“YDMT were instrumental in helping us decide what trees would work on the land, and what types would be best to attract wildlife.”

Darren and Anna run a B and B at their 17th century farmhouse at Low Branthwaites and say the new woodland will be a focal point to what they can offer.

It has been planted with native broadleaf species including Hazel, Elder, Rowan, Blackthorn, Downy Birch, Holly, Bird Cherry, Hawthorn, Crab Apple, White Beam, Spindle and English walnut.

“We love the idea of our guests being able to witness the development of the woodland and learn about the local landscape and wildlife,” Darren added. “We’re also excited about welcoming people as it is YDMT’s new supporter woodland.

We are open to people coming here and enjoying what we have created. We would hate for it to be closed off and for visitors not to be able to walk amongst the trees.”

YDMT will be leading a walk to the new wood at Low Branthwaites on May 12, from Sedbergh School, through Akay Wood and along the Dales High Way. To find out more click here.

We will also be hosting an open day at Low Branthwaites on Saturday August 8 from 10am. To find out more click here.

Dedicate a native broadleaf tree today from only £10 and help create new woodlands in and around the Yorkshire Dales.

To find out more about accommodation at Low Branthwaites, click here.