MORE than 100,000 trees are being planted to create 38 new woodlands across the Yorkshire Dales this winter.

The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) will work with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Forestry Commission and Woodland Trust to create the new woodlands over 75 hectares.

It is part of their aim to double the amount of broadleaf tree cover in the Dales by 2020, through the Dales Woodland Restoration Programme.

At Mearbeck Farm near Settle, 11,000 trees will be planted over almost 10 hectares. Species including sessile oak, common alder, goat willow, downy birch, rowan, aspen, scots pine, holly, hazel and hawthorn will help to improve biodiversity and enhance the landscape across the farm.

YDMT is also working in partnership with Nidderdale AONB on another large scheme which will see just over 9,000 trees planted at various locations around Pateley Bridge and Lofthouse.

Many of the trees will be planted in gills to help reduce erosion and enhance water quality in nearby Scar House Reservoir. Low density planting will link to existing areas of woodland to increase habitat diversity and support bird species including black grouse, ring ouzel, song thrush and spotted flycatcher.

Many smaller woodland creation projects include schemes near Ripon, Richmond, Ingleton, Sedbergh, Skipton and York.

In Hebden, near Grassington, parish councillors and villagers of all ages came together to plant a copse in the heart of the village that can be enjoyed by the local community and visitors. In total 100 native trees were planted in memory of Jennie Tarr.

Carol Douglas, YDMT Woodland Officer, said: "The UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe, and the Yorkshire Dales has less woodland than any other National Park in the UK.

"Thanks to the support of landowners, partners and local communities, these young trees will grow to enrich the landscape and provide important habitats for our wildlife."

People can help the charity by dedicating a tree to commemorate a birth, wedding, anniversary or other occasion, or to remember the life of a loved one. Visit or call 015242 51002.