From Carbon and Energy
Working in partnership with the conservation charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT), Comply Direct can offer new woodland creation sites and tree planting opportunities as units intended for purchase by businesses who wish to reduce their carbon footprint and engage their staff and stakeholders.
Our first woodland creation project, developed and maintained by YDMT, is located at Castle Farm Wood in Arkengarthdale.
Castle Farm wood is a total area of 2.05 hectares of new native broadleaf woodland. The site is located at Fremlington in Arkengarthdale, which is one of the smaller dales in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and extends in a northerly direction from the village of Reeth. Part of the site is a flood plain for the river Arkle so appropriate species and sensitivity to maintain the character of the surrounding landscape was paramount.
Approximately 3,300 native broadleaf trees and shrub species have been planted to date at Castle Farm and included Ash, Birch, Rowan, Alder, Bird Cherry, Hazel, Hawthorn and Holly.
The project has introduced new native woodland in a dale that has fairly sparse woodland cover. It links with small areas of adjacent woodland and will visually improve the landscape of the dale and wildlife habitat in the locality.
As is the case with many new woodland planting schemes throughout the dales; a project specification was prepared by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority in consultation with the landowner, Forestry Commission, Parish Council and other colleagues within the national park authority, including Landscape, Archaeology, Ecology and local rangers.
The long-term objective of the scheme was to create a new native broadleaf woodland of natural appearance in the landscape. Prior to this the land was used as rough grazing. Woodland cover in the national park only amounts to around 2% of land area (conifer and broadleaf) whereas the national average is nearer 4% so as part of an ongoing programme of woodland planting throughout the Yorkshire Dales National Park and surrounding areas this scheme has contributed to increasing that figure.