Wonderful Woodlands

In June we held two Open Days, offering our supporters the chance to visit Greenwood Leghe – our 2013/14 Supporter Woodland. Situated on the edge of Ingleton, the wood has been planted with 2220 native broadleaf trees, including large proportions of Rowan, Birch, Bird Cherry, Hazel, Alder and Holly.

Greenwood Leghe Woodland

Greenwood Leghe Woodland

This woodland has been kindly supported by generous donations and dedications by many individuals and partners, and we were delighted to welcome around 150 people to the site over the two days, including a pair of bag-pipers (an unexpected first for the Trust!).

Bagpipers play at Greenwood Leghe Wood

Bagpipers play at Greenwood Leghe Wood


We are now happy to announce our new Supporter Wood for 2014 in which we are now accepting dedications – Longridge Wood in Bishopdale.

Set on the hillside between Cray and West Burton (on the B6160 approximately 8 miles from Aysgarth and 4 miles from Buckden), Longridge Wood is in a beautiful position with stunning views across the dale.

Longridge Wood

Longridge Wood

The woodland covers an area of 41 hectares (approx. 100 acres) planted with 38,600 native broadleaf trees including Alder, Downy Birch, Rowan, Hazel, Field Maple, Wild Cherry, Whitebeam, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Holly, Dogwood, Lodgepole Pine and Scots Pine.

The young trees are visible on the top of the hillside as you travel along the road from Cray to West Burton – part of the route taken by the cyclists in Stage 1 of the spectacular Tour de France Grand Depart held here in Yorkshire on 5 & 6 July 2014!

You can dedicate a tree here from just £10 to commemorate this world-class sporting event coming to the Dales.

Dedicating a tree is also a unique gift and a perfect way to celebrate a birthday, wedding or anniversary, or remember the life of someone special.

To find out more please call us on 015242 51002 or visit www.ydmt.org/dedicate-a-tree to dedicate a tree online.


Dedicate a Tree Here!

Dedicate a Tree Here!



Welcome to the wonderful Pcounter Wood!

We’re delighted to welcome Altman Integrated Technologies Ltd (AIT) on board with our woodland restoration project!

AIT is a Leeds-based provider of print and copy management solutions. Their ingenious ‘Pcounter’ software helps organisations across the country minimise their environmental impact by reducing their paper, ink and toner usage and waste, thereby helping to create greener and more efficient work places.

Now AIT are taking things a step further by working with us to help protect and enhance the environment and local Yorkshire Dales landscape by supporting our tree planting programme with a generous donation.

An area of recently planted native broadleaf woodland on the Bolton Abbey estate near Skipton has been named the ‘Pcounter Wood’, and one tree will be dedicated in this special young woodland on behalf of each of AIT’s clients purchasing Pcounter software updates, support and maintenance.

L-R: Liz Marshall from AIT with Lindsay Wallace and Sarah Brewer from YDMT at the new woodland

L-R: Liz Marshall from AIT with Lindsay Wallace and Sarah Brewer from YDMT at the new woodland

Alan Christie, Business Development Director at AIT said: “As many companies struggle to improve their carbon footprint and really do ‘their bit’ for the environment, this is a new and innovative way that Pcounter customers can easily improve their commitment to the environment for the better. We are delighted to be able to work with YDMT on this project which is supporting one of the most beautiful areas of the UK”.

Chris Lodge, Woodland Officer here at YDMT, added: “We are very happy to be working with the team at AIT who share our passion for trees and the environment. By dedicating a tree for each of their customers in this young woodland AIT are playing a crucial role in restoring broadleaf woodlands in the Yorkshire Dales for future generations. We’d like to thank AIT and all their customers for kindly supporting this work”.

Find out more on the AIT website.

People’s Postcode Lottery volunteers help the Dales

We were joined by a team of volunteers from our friends at People’s Postcode Lottery who were keen to get their hands dirty giving us a helping hand with some woodland management work in the Valley of Desolation at Bolton Abbey – one of the many woodlands that we’ve helped to create across the Yorkshire Dales.

The Volunteer Team at Bolton Abbey

The Valley of Desolation is particularly interesting and unusual as the plantings have been designed as an educational resource, illustrating the succession of different types of woodland which are believed to have colonised this area naturally since the last Ice Age.  As well as tree planting, the supporters of YDMT helped to fund the replacement of a footbridge across the beck, footpath repairs and an information panel on this site in 1999.

Joining staff from YDMT and the Bolton Abbey estate were six members of the team from People’s Postcode Lottery – a charity lottery whose players have raised £225,332 for YDMT to date and over £18.6 million in total for charities in England, Scotland and Wales so far.

The team got to work in the ‘arctic tundra’ section, pruning any overly-vigorous specimens to maintain the balance of dwarf shrubs, grasses, mosses and lichens, with a scattering of trees.

Ready to get stuck in!

Annie Houston, Customer Experience Team Member at People’s Postcode Lottery, said “We were so excited by YDMT’s kind offer to journey to the Dales to see for ourselves the backdrop in which they conduct their work. We got our hands dirty, made friends with some of the local wildlife (some friendly ducks and a less-friendly-looking-frog) and helped encourage the local plant species to thrive. The day we spent with them was an absolute joy and we hope to make it back there very soon!”

The resident frog

Chris Lodge, YDMT Woodland Officer, said “Today was very unusual for the Trust – usually we specialise in planting trees, rather than pruning them to restrict growth!  But it’s all in the name of education, and it was great to be able to give the Bolton Abbey estate a hand with the ongoing work that is required to maintain this unique learning resource.  The team from People’s Postcode Lottery brought with them an incredible level of energy and enthusiasm, and together we made a dramatic impact in a short space of time.”

Unique projects like the Valley of Desolation wouldn’t be possible without the financial support of the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, so we’d like to say a big thank you to all the players for supporting the work of the Trust and for sharing our passion for the Yorkshire Dales.

Dales Holiday Cottages get muddy boots

The main aim of YDMT is to conserve and restore the heritage of the amazing Yorkshire Dales landscape and we can’t do this without the invaluable support of our business partners. That’s why last Friday we were up to our ears in mud planting trees with our friends at Dales Holiday Cottages. 

Dales Holiday Cottages is a long-term supporter of YDMT and this year donated another £2,000 to YDMT, towards the Dales Woodland Restoration scheme. The company has contributed a whopping £10,400 to YDMT since 2006…that equates to 6 acres of new native woodland and 5,000 new broadleaf trees in the Dales!

To mark the occasion YDMT invited Geoff Cowley, the managing director of The Hoseasons Group – parent company of Dales Holiday Cottages – to plant some special native oak trees at Strid Wood, Bolton Abbey.

The YDMT crew and Geoff Cowley of The Hoseasons group get digging

The YDMT crew and Geoff Cowley of The Hoseasons Group get digging

Geoff said: “We are passionate supporters of our local area which is why we are giving our continued support to the vital work the YDMT carries out. There is no doubt the Yorkshire Dales is an area of outstanding natural beauty that continues to attract tourists year after year. We are committed to helping restore it so it can be enjoyed by future generations for years to come.”

Dales Holiday Cottages will also be supporting YDMT’s 2012 Flowers of the Dales Festival – you can see the full programme of events here.

Geoff Cowley presents a cheque for £2,000 to YDMT Director David Sharrod

Geoff Cowley presents a cheque for £2,000 to YDMT Director David Sharrod

Skipton Systems support woodland restoration

Skipton-based IT support and solutions company Skipton Systems has joined forces with YDMT to plant trees in the Dales.

Skipton Systems www.skiptonsystems.co.uk will dedicate one new native broadleaf tree for every client taking out a new 12 month ‘BusinessCover’ support contract with them. The company offer a range of IT and web services and solutions. Richard Pettifer, Director of Skipton Systems says, “We are proud to be based in Skipton; the Gateway to the Dales, and we are keen to do our bit in keeping this wonderful landscape as beautiful as possible.  Our partnership with the Trust will enable us – and our clients – to make a real difference to the future of the area.  I hope that we will be planting many trees together with the Trust over the coming months.”

Saplings at Harrison's Wood - YDMT's new Supporter Woodland

YDMT Director David Sharrod added, “We will look forward to inviting Skipton Systems and their clients to join us next year to see the progress of the trees and the new woodland that they have helped to fund and make possible.”

The trees will be located in Harrison’s Wood, YDMT’s newest Supporter Woodland, situated in the beautiful Nidderdale countryside near Pateley Bridge.  Covering 6.3 hectares, the site has been planted with a mixture of native species including large proportions of Hawthorn (15%), Ash (12%) and Downy Birch (10%).  If you own a business and would like to support woodland restoration and other vital projects in the Yorkshire Dales, please contact Lindsay Wallace on 015242 51002 or email lindsay.wallace@ydmt.org





Business promotion CAN be eco-friendly!

Check out the fabulous range of promotional products and stationary (including an Eco-Friendly selection) from MWA Promotional – our newest corporate supporter!

For every £175 you spend, MWA Promotional will plant a new native broadleaf tree in the Dales on your behalf through YDMT!

So now you can order your branded stationary supplies and promo gifts whilst doing your bit to support tree planting in the Yorkshire Dales!  Huge thanks to MWA Promotion and their customers for their support.

This is a chance for you to play a key role in creating a new woodland which will provide spaces for people to enjoy and habitats that support hundreds of species of wildlife, as well as helping to create a greener planet by absorbing carbon.

Find out more at http://www.mwapromotional.co.uk/ and check out the press release here.

See how our woodlands have grown

Today’s been a gorgeous sunny day in the Yorkshire Dales – perfect for a trip out to see how some of our woodlands are doing…

We visited Westgate Farm Wood – our Supporter Wood planted in 2004 – and Thornbrook Wood – our 2006 Supporter Wood – both located in Thornton in Lonsdale, at the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales national park.

The trees in both woods are doing really well – many are taller than me! – and the areas of saplings we planted 5-7 years ago are now starting to look like proper little woods, casting areas of dappled shade and creating a habitat for wildlife.

Westgate Farm Wood, Sept 2011

Westgate Farm Wood, Sept 2011

Each tree in our Supporter Woodlands has been planted on behalf of, or in memory of, someone special.  Every year people with a passion for the Dales choose to Dedicate a tree in the Yorkshire Dales through our Tree Planting scheme.  It’s a unique way to celebrate a birthday, christening, wedding or anniversary.  With prices starting at just £10 per tree, its a gift that will grow and grow; and it doesn’t cost the earth.

In spring this year we planted our millionth native broadleaf tree – a real milestone which was made possible thanks to the donations of our supporters and business partners.

Trees growing strong at Thornbrook Wood

Trees growing strong at Thornbrook Wood

Thornbrook Wood alone is made up of 7,975 native broadleaved trees and shrubs covering 3.75 hectares.  The species planted here include Oak, Rowan, Alder, Birch, Wild Cherry, Field Maple, Goat Willow, Crab Apple, Holly, Hazel, Guelder Rose, Hawthorn, Blackthorn and Dogwood.  The trees were all individually protected with tree guards when we planted them to prevent rabbit damage, and it seems to have done the trick – walking round today we were delighted to see that the vast majority of the trees are healthy and growing strong.

If you’d like to find out more about dedicating a tree, visit our website. Our current Supporter Woodland is Harrison’s Wood located near Pateley Bridge.