THE Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has applied to create five new ponds on land destined to become part of the White Rose Forest at Kelbrook, near Barnoldswick.

Outline permission is being sought by the charity for the project at land surrounding Harden New Hall Farm in Cob Lane.

In documents submitted to Pendle Council, the charity says it plans to use a natural basin in the land to create a main pond, with smaller subsidiary pools where there is natural spring seepage.

The grazing land has recently been purchased with the aim of creating broad-leafed mixed woodland, part of The White Rose Forest.

Documents state: "Once the trees are mature it will become wood pasture using a small herd of Belted Galloways to keep bramble and bracken under control."