National Trust mass tree planting in Lake District "for flood resilience"

Hundreds of trees were planted across the Lake District on Friday 10 February, in the National Trust's first mass tree planting in the national park.

Image: John Malley / National Trust
Image: John Malley / National Trust

The trees will help reduce the impacts of future flooding and restore wood pasture habitats that have been lost the trust says.

More than 90 people planted a total of 1,400 native trees at five sites in the Lake District National Park, including the shores of Lake Windermere and the approach to Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain.

In late 2015, Storm Desmond brought record rainfall to parts of the Lake District, leaving the National Trust with a £1million clean-up bill.

Its assistant director of operations Mike Innerdale said: "This is a real community effort, with dozens of volunteers helping to plant trees – restoring important wood pasture habitats and slow the flow of storm water off the fells."

He added: "With major storms occurring more frequently, we're working with farmers and local residents to look at ways of making the Lakes more resilient to flooding."

The National Trust owns and manages around a dozen countryside areas in the Lake District National Park as well as several built features.

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