Rotary Clubs of Harrogate & Ripon Carbon Balance Scheme
Tree Planting in Nidderdale AONB
From 23rd to 25th February, we planted 275 trees and 1050 shrubs at Low Green farm, Grantley. Funds were raised by public donations and 222 trees were paid for by MoneyWeb. On the Thursday, members of Harrogate and Ripon Rotary clubs positioned the stakes in the field, 3m apart. The stakes were colour coded and the trees had the same coding. On the Friday and the Saturday, members of the three clubs and volunteers from Zero Carbon Harrogate and friends attended to plant the trees.
The farm in in the Skel Valley and the planting was part of the Skel Valley Project being run by the National Trust. The Trust's Project Manager, Gabby Crisp, was onsite the whole time assisting with the work. It is hoped that further planting will take place as part of this project.
Our second site was above Scar Road, Lofthouse. This is the Yorkshire Water road leading up to Scar House reservoir. Students from Ashville College raised the money to pay for the 200 trees, stakes and shelters. Students and staff came out on Friday 3rd March to help with the staking and planting. Members of Harrogate and Harrogate Brigantees clubs gave planting advice and assistance to the students.
The project has now planted over 21,000 trees in the Nidderdale AONB. Our next planting session will be in February 2024.
W/c 21st February, we planted 500 trees on a site on West Lane, Pateley Bridge, all paid for by public donations. On the Thursday, members of the two Rotary clubs positioned the stakes in the field, 3m apart. The stakes were colour coded and the trees had the same coding. On the Friday, members of Open Country attended to start planting the trees. On the Saturday, members of Zero Carbon Harrogate completed the planting.
W/c 28th February, we planted another 400 trees at a site on Menwith Hill Road. Of these, 318 have been bought by two Yorkshire companies, Unit4 and MoneyWeb. Staking out was done on the Thursday with planting on the Friday. Open Country were back to help with the planting, along with volunteers from the two companies together with Rotarians from Ripon and Harrogate clubs. The landowner provided bacon and sausage butties for lunch for which everyone was very grateful!
This completes our planting for the 2021/22 season. We are now looking for sites in the Nidderdale AONB where we can plant next winter. To get in touch, please use the contact page below.
The Story So Far
Since 2008, the Rotary Club of Harrogate has been raising funds from the general public to buy and plant whip trees in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We have now been joined by the Rotary Club of Ripon.
Some people donate in memory of friends and loved ones that they have lost.
Others donate to help reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air that we breathe.
So far, over 21,000 trees have been planted at over 32 different sites in Nidderdale. The trees are native British hardwoods, such as Alder, Aspen, Birch, Oak, Rowan and Willow.
Trees planted in the Nidderdale AONB are part of the White Rose Forest in Yorkshire which is the largest forest within the Northern Forest Project.
The land is owned by local farmers and other landowners. Harrogate Borough Council oversee the selection of trees and the planting pattern.
Why Plant Trees?
Trees are great way to reduce carbon in the atmosphere. Every person causes between 12 and 14 tonnes of carbon dioxide to be released each year. Zero Carbon Harrogate (zerocarbonharrogate.org.uk) help people to reduce this to about 8 tonnes a year.
In this scheme we plant native British hardwoods which need about 10 trees to capture one tonne of carbon. This means that the average person needs to plant 80 trees a year!
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is NOW!
Why Plant in Nidderdale AONB?
Nidderdale has a tree coverage of only 8%, compared with a national average of 13%.
Nidderdale is close to Harrogate and Ripon where our clubs are based.
The Harrogate club organise an annual Charity Walk based upon the town of Pateley Bridge which is the main town in Nidderdale.
How to Donate
All donations can be made through the well known Golden Giving/PeoplesFundraising website. To donate, click on the 'Donate' button.
The website also enables you to make regular donations should you so wish.
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