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Catchment Management

3,000 trees planted at Corn Hey in Holme

3,000 trees have been planted at Corn Hey in the village of Holme with help from local community organisations to provide a natural flood barrier and improve the local environment of the area for future generations.

The land, owned by Yorkshire Water, has now been planted with native trees including oak, silver birch and alder.

The trees were planted by over 50 volunteers from the Bradford Environmental Action Trust, River Holme Connections and Holmfirth High School students.

Simon Hirst, River Steward at River Holme Connections, said: “Trees offer so much to the natural environment. They enhance biodiversity and help in the fight against floods, droughts and pollution. Trees are also really important for healthy rivers by providing shade, shelter and food for river dwelling animals and plants. Our volunteers loved creating the new native woodland at Corn Hey, which over the years will bring huge benefits to the River Holme catchment.”

As one of the region’s biggest landowners, Yorkshire Water has an ambitious target to plant one million trees on its land over the next nine years to reduce flood risk, offset carbon emissions and support the creation of a Northern Forest.

Geoff Lomas, Countryside and Woodland Advisor at Yorkshire Water said: “As a big landowner we need to make sure that we manage our land in a way that makes the most of the benefits that a healthy natural environment can provide. We want to see these new woodlands provide opportunities for local people to get out and enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits that spending time in the natural environment can provide.”

Currently, only 13% of the UK’s total land area is covered but this is an improvement from a historic low of 5% at the end of World War One.  Tree coverage in other EU countries averages of 35% of total land mass.

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