Yorkshire Water, the Woodland Trust and the Forest of Bradford are collaborating to plant one million trees. The project will see the trees planted on land owned by Yorkshire Water and leased by the Woodland Trust to help expand the White Rose Forest as part of the Northern Forest project.
Work started at the end of last year with the planting of 14,000 trees at Ogden Water with a range of species including oak, beech and silver birch. The initiative aims to boost the biodiversity of the site. Spanning 120 miles between Hull, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool, the proposed Northern Forest will help boost habitats for woodland birds and bats, while protecting other species such as red squirrels.
Councillor Barry Collins commented: "The launch of this ambitious project at Ogden Water is a huge milestone for Calderdale and will have far-reaching benefits for future generations to come. With the Calder Valley being a flood prone catchment, we truly value this programme of work not only for its benefits for ecology, biodiversity and air quality but also as a complementary measure to support traditional engineered flood defences."
Simon Mageean, Northern Forest programme director, Woodland Trust said: "England is losing tree cover. We need to make sure we are protecting our most important habitats such as Ancient Woodland as well as investing in new ways to increase tree planting and expand woodland cover in the right places.
"A new Northern Forest will strengthen and accelerate the benefits of community forestry, support landscape scale working for nature, deliver a wide range of benefits, including helping to reduce flood risk, and adapt some of the UK’s major towns and cities to projected climate change."