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Looking after the Dales

We’re delighted to announce our partnership with the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT), a small charity doing big things in Yorkshire.

The partnership is part of Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s Together for Trees campaign, which will see it create 100 hectares of beautiful new woodland across the Yorkshire Dales over the next two years.

For those of you that don’t know who they are, the YDMT are a charity that work with the local community and land owners to restore woodlands in and around the Yorkshire Dales. Since they started out in 1996 they have planted over 1.4 million trees. Their reach extends much more than this however and also includes bee conservation, the restoration of species-rich meadows, and further community involvement such as apprenticeships in environmental management.

We are a company that prides itself on our ability to bring brownfield land back to life. When we do build on green field land, we mitigate the impact of new homes with a specialist planting scheme, as well as working with expert arboculturalists to ensure our work doesn’t impact the existing trees. After meeting with the YDMT we’ve agreed to go one step further and plant trees in and around Yorkshire to offset our ecological footprint.

We’re committed to planting 250 trees with the YDMT over the next year and look forward to supporting the charity for years to come. Our first 25 were planted by our family team: our Managing Director, Sarah Barraclough and Sales, Marketing and Design Director, Caroline Verity in Howgill Side Woodland located near Bolton Abbey. Later this year, during the next tree planting season (this runs from November to March), we’ll be enlisting the help of some of our employees to plant further trees in and around the county.

Sarah Barraclough, Managing Director of Skipton Properties, said: “We’re delighted to have planted the first 25 of 250 trees that we’ll be planting in 2019.

“As well as being a positive environmental addition, many of the new woodlands that we’re helping to create will also have public access, so we’ll be creating beautiful new spaces that everyone, including our customers, can enjoy.

“The initiative will also allow our staff to take part in a practical and rewarding conservation project that supports their local area across the year, which they’re all really excited about.”

David Sharrod, CEO of Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, said: We’re really grateful to Skipton Properties for their support in helping to restore native woodland to the Yorkshire Dales.

“Trees are vital to so many aspects of life. As well as providing habitats for wildlife, reducing flooding and helping to combat climate change, we know that trees help to reduce stress and anxiety and promote a healthier lifestyle.

“We are really appreciative of Skipton Properties and look forward to seeing the partnership develop in the future.”

We’ll soon be placing information about our partnership in our Marketing Suites on our developments as well as including information in our new home owners packs for those of you who buy a new home with us.

Like to find out more? The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s website can be found here.

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