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Award For National Park Woodland Scheme

A tree planting scheme in the Yorkshire Dales National Park has won a top national award.

John and Freya Hart, who own Swarthghyll Farm in Langstrothdale near Oughtershaw, have planted thousands of native trees on 21 hectares of their land after receiving funding from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA), the Forestry Commission and the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.

Swarthghyll Farm owner John Hart (left) and Senior Trees and Woodland Officer Geoff Garrett with the winning woodland scheme behind them. Please credit photo courtesy of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

Swarthghyll Farm owner John Hart (left) and Senior Trees and Woodland Officer Geoff Garrett with the winning woodland scheme behind them
photo courtesy of the YDNPA

And their efforts were rewarded when they were presented with the John Boddy Rose Bowl Trophy at the Great Yorkshire Show.

The trophy, which is supported by Boroughbridge-based John Boddy Timber Ltd and the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, is judged jointly by the Forestry Commission and the Royal Forestry Society and this year theme was the best woodland creation scheme to demonstrate woodland resilience.

One of the judges, the Forestry Commission’s Area Director for Yorkshire and North East Crispin Thorn, said: “Sam Cooper, the Forestry Commission’s Woodland Officer, nominated this scheme and we picked Swarthghyll Farm because it is significant in terms of size and this combined with a wide range of tree species makes it more resilient to challenges such as climate change.

“It contains a mix of native woodland and, as a result of the support from Holly Rogerson, UPM Tilhill Forest Manager for the neighbouring Greenfield forest, the design also included Scots Pine to provide food for the red squirrels in this important reserve area. It will also help to protect the soil and reduce flooding in the dale.”

“It is a fine example of a woodland creation scheme and the National Park Authority’s Trees and Woodland Team has been instrumental in helping draw it together.”

Mr Hart said: “We were knocked out when we heard we had won. These schemes are important for the environment and we just want to give the wildlife a chance. We want to leave things better than when we arrived.

“We have already planted one other area of woodland and we are working with the National Park Authority’s Trees and Woodlands Team on a third scheme involving thousands more trees.

“Without the Authority’s Senior Trees and Woodland Officer Geoff Garrett this just wouldn’t have happened. He had been the main drive behind it all – pulling it all together.

“The Forestry Commission and the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust have also been brilliant – it’s been one of those schemes where everyone does their job at the right time and it’s gone like clockwork.”

Geoff said: “We were delighted to be involved in this scheme and we are very pleased it has been given the recognition it deserves. We always happy to talk to landowners in the National Park who are considering similar woodland schemes, which are so important for this nationally-protected area.”

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