LANDOWNERS in Craven are being asked to think about planting trees to help tackle the climate and nature emergencies.

The Woodland Trust, the UK's largest woodland conservation charity, has reopened applications for its woodland creation scheme MOREwoods for anyone looking to get trees in the ground in the forthcoming planting season, starting in November.

Emma Briggs, its senior project lead for woodland creation, said: “A common misconception about creating woodland is that you need a lot of land but the beauty of MOREwoods is that you only need half a hectare to be eligible, which is around the size of half a rugby pitch.

“There are so many reasons to plant trees. We are in the grips of a climate and nature emergency and trees are natural warriors in the fight against both. They lock up carbon, enrich soils, improve water quality, slow the flow of flooding, provide shade, shelter and a haven for wildlife and of course they look good too.”

The scheme is open to anyone wanting to plant woodland of at least 500 trees on at least half a hectare of land. The charity will help design the woodland, create a bespoke species mix, help with form filling, supply the agreed trees and protection, and cover up to 75 per cent of costs as well as arrange for contractors to plant the trees.

All trees and shrubs are native broadleaved species that will help local landscapes become more diverse and therefore more resilient to future threats such as pests and disease, and they are all UK sourced and grown.

MOREwoods is funded by Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland as part of a broader commitment to plant one million trees a year over the next decade.

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