Over 1500 trees planted at East Riddlesden Hall this January

A team of seven staff and volunteers stood together with newly planted trees behind them

This January, the team was joined by staff and volunteers from Hardcastle Crags and Marsden Moor and also by a number of local community groups from Keighley and Bradford to give nature a helping hand.

At the start of 2018, 2,500 trees were delivered to East Riddlesden Hall for planting as part of Bradford Environmental Action Trust’s Forest of Bradford project. The project was set up in 1998 and forms part of the larger White Rose Forest, a community forest set up to encourage regeneration, support local communities and create better places to live through increasing tree cover throughout the district.

The trees and planting materials were kindly provided by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust in conjunction with the Woodland Trust, and since 1 January this year 1,588 of the trees have been planted with the help of local community groups from Keighley and Bradford, the West Yorkshire National Trust Volunteers Group as well as National Trust staff and volunteers.

Community groups were more than happy to lend a helping hand
A group of people planting trees in a field
" We’re thrilled to be part of the Forest of Bradford’s project and it’s wonderful to see the wet woodland growing in size. As a conservation charity we’re committed to improving the quality of land around us and this project compliments our work perfectly. To see how many trees have been planted in such a short space of time is a testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers here and of course to the community groups from Keighley and Bradford who we’d like to thank for their invaluable support."
- Jonathan Brewer

The trees are a mixture of broadleaved species suitable for growing in damp locations and include common alder, downy birch, grey willow, osier, aspen, buckthorn, hazel and English oak. They’ll add to the wet woodland that was started on the lower fields here in 2015 and added to in 2017. Once the last tree has been planted the woodland will be home to a total of 3,500 trees. Wet woodlands are in decline in the UK with many being lost, destroyed or under threat. They provide a habitat for animals, plants and a large number of insects, and the trees planted at the hall will also help to reduce flooding in the area during periods of heavy rainfall.

Volunteers from other areas of the property were happy to get involved and make a difference
Lady stood next to a newly planted tree

East Riddlesden Hall has been closed for winter conservation work, but will reopen for a fun packed half-term on Saturday 10 February. Please see our events page for more details.