Graham had fond childhood memories of playing in woodland and as an adult, enjoyed many woodland walks. Graham felt strongly about the conservation of British woodland. His family felt that this would be a fitting tribute to him and a way of bringing something positive out of this.
Why plant trees in the Yorkshire Dales?
There is a woodland restoration programme, which Graham would have approved of. He loved the landscape of the Dales. Woodland restoration is not just about planting trees. It’s about rebuilding habitats for hundreds of species of wildlife. It’s about creating spaces for people to enjoy. In the Yorkshire Dales it’s also about restoring part of our natural landscape that has been lost due to deforestation. The Dales has less broadleaf woodland than any other national park, only 4.5% of the land is covered by trees compared with the national average of 9%.
How big is the woodland? This site is 0.5 hectares, which required around 800 trees and shrubs to be planted.
What types of trees have been planted? Graham believed in the importance of native woodland. The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust have planted native broadleaf species, with the appropriate proportions of species to suit the site and most benefit wildlife and conservation. Species include: Hawthorn, Oak, Downy Birch, Alder, Rowan, Holly, Bird Cherry, Goat Willow and Blackthorn. No Ash trees have been planted due to the current concerns surrounding Ash dieback disease (Chalara fraxinea).
Can we visit the woodland? Yes. The chosen site has a public footpath running through it, so everyone can enjoy this incredible woodland made by an incredible community. Please bear in mind that the woodland is on private land, so you will need to stick to footpaths when enjoying the woodland.
Which charity was used? The Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust. The charity exists to support the environmental, social and economic well-being of the Yorkshire Dales. To date the Trust has helped to deliver over 1,200 inspiring projects worth around £20 million in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas. Work includes delivering countryside apprenticeships, supporting local businesses, education and outreach, conserving heritage features, and restoring wildlife habitats such as wetlands, hay meadows and natural woodlands.
Where is the woodland?
The site is located at Breare Close, Skyreholme (near Appletreewick in Wharfedale, a few miles north of Bolton Abbey). See the pink highlighted area on the map below.