York­shire Wa­ter plans to plant a mil­lion trees in re­gion

Yorkshire Post - - REGIONAL NEWS -

A MIL­LION trees will be planted across the re­gion by York­shire Wa­ter over the next ten years in a bid to re­duce flood risk, off­set car­bon emission and sup­port the cre­ation of a North­ern For­est.

The com­pany is one of the big­gest landown­ers in York­shire and has been work­ing with the White Rose For­est Part­ner­ship to map its 70,000 acres of land to as­sess where plant­ing trees will have the most im­pact on flood re­duc­tion, car­bon, re­cre­ation and wildlife.

York­shire Wa­ter has al­ready been work­ing with vol­un­teers to plant 200,000 trees at Gor­p­ley reser­voir near Tod­mor­den as part of a pi­lot flood man­age­ment scheme.

The com­pany’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Richard Flint said York­shire Wa­ter was keen to en­sure it man­aged its land in a way that “makes the most of the ben­e­fits that a healthy nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment can pro­vide”.

“Plant­ing trees in the right place can re­duce flood risk, mit­i­gate car­bon emis­sions and boost wildlife,” he said.

“Cru­cially, we also want to see these new woodlands pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal peo­ple to get out and en­joy the health and well­be­ing ben­e­fits that spend­ing time in the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment can pro­vide.”

He said the ef­forts would sup­port the North­ern For­est, a plan to plant 50m trees along the M62 cor­ri­dor to boost habi­tat for wildlife and pro­vide more ac­cess to woodlands for mil­lions of peo­ple.

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