Trees and woodlands are a vital part of the landscape, but the UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe, and the Yorkshire Dales has less woodland than any other National Park in the UK.
Thanks to funding from players totalling £901,332, however, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust has helped to plant 1.2 million new native trees since 1996.
As the saplings grow and the woodlands develop, they will become vibrant habitats for wildlife, as well as absorb carbon dioxide and play an important role in helping to reduce flooding.
Working with landowners and partners including Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and the Forestry Commission, the charity has helped to create hundreds of new woodlands across the Yorkshire Dales, Nidderdale, and surrounding areas.
The aim is to double the amount of broadleaf woodland in the Yorkshire Dales by 2020.
Last winter, the charity planted 42,000 native broadleaf trees, creating 17 new woodlands covering 35 hectares.
These woodlands come in all shapes and sizes, including Yorkshire's very own hundred acre wood in beautiful Bishopdale in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.
Crummack Pasture near Austwick is the smallest of the new woodlands, covering just one acre. Despite its modest size, it still has the potential to make a big impact in Crummackdale – an area with precious little woodland cover. Over time, the trees will grow to support a range of native flora and fauna species, and the public footpath through the site will allow people to enjoy exploring the woodland as it develops.
Planting trees is a long-term investment which brings significant and long lasting benefits to wildlife, the environment, and the landscape for future generations.
It is only thanks to support from players that Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust is able to continue this important work, together with a range of other inspiring projects that care for the landscape, environment, and communities of the Yorkshire Dales.