07 June 2021

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A film released by Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) showcases the beauty of new woodlands that have been planted in the fight against climate change thanks to the charity’s Together for Trees campaign, which is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

YDMT has helped to create 56 new woodlands in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding area over the last three winters.

More than 70,000 trees have been planted to help tackle climate change, encourage wildlife into the area and bring people together through the tree planting across the Dales.

"The way people have supported Together for Trees has been humbling," Mike Appleton from the Trust said. "Backing from individuals and partners has allowed us to create beautiful woodland that everyone can enjoy for generations to come.
"It also means we can look to the future to extend our work and reach our target of planting 100,000 trees. We are aiming to support 100 more landowners over the next three years to create new woodlands, restore hedgerows and plant individual landscape trees."

As the campaign continues, YDMT will be working with community groups in the Dales, as well as engaging with local schools to encourage young people to connect with their local outdoor spaces.

Mike added: "We have also been supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery who have helped improve woodland connectivity and biodiversity at Grinton Estate in Swaledale and create habitat for dormice at Castle Bolton in Wensleydale.
"As a thank you to them, we have dedicated 1,000 trees at a new woodland on Swinesett Hill near Hawes, a picturesque site near to the iconic Pennine Way."

Swinesett Hill is a new native broadleaf woodland with a sweeping vista across much of Wensleydale and beyond. When mature, this 11-hectare woodland will be a valuable home for Black Grouse and Red Squirrels, both of which can be found in the local area.

Laura Chow, head of charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, added: "Thanks to players, YDMT are tackling climate change on their doorstep with the planting of over 53 Hectares of woodland. The Together for Trees campaign, which planted 56 woodlands in just three winters, is a great legacy. When mature, the woodlands will play an important role in combatting climate change and creating new habitats to support wildlife.
"We appreciate the kind dedication of 1,000 trees to our players and we’re looking forward to seeing the saplings and this new woodland flourish. It’s a win for the Yorkshire Dales and a win for our climate."

Players of People's Postcode Lottery have raised almost £3 million over the last 12 years for YDMT.