Yorkshire Water plans 63,000 more trees

A Forestry Commission, Yorkshire Water and Natural England plan aims for a mass tree plant by 2020.

The project, which started in 2011, has seen non-native trees and invasive weeds, such as Rhododendron, Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam, removed from 10 ancient woodland sites.

Thousands of native trees such as oak, hazel, rowan, alder and holly have been re-introduced to the historic woodlands, thanks to a collaboration between Yorkshire Water, the Forestry Commission and Natural England.

There are 220 hectares of ancient woodland on Yorkshire Water’s land, with 75 hectares having been enhanced and a further 75 to be restored over the next five years, with the rest of the conservation due to be completed by 2025.

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