Tarmac will be supporting the planting of another 1,800 trees in the Yorkshire Dales this year thanks to their ‘People and the Planet’ initiative.
It is the second year of a ten-year partnership with Clapham-based Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, which will also see the education and development of 2,500 people and the completion of a staggering 7,700 hours of volunteering.
The initiative has already seen a small group of volunteers remove hundreds of redundant tree tubes from Bargh Wood near Stainforth last year and that work continued in Grassington recently.
Employees from Tarmac undertook general site maintenance at Pasture Wood in the village.
This picturesque woodland above Grassington is planted with 5,500 native broadleaved trees including oak, birch, rowan, holly, hazel, hawthorn and willow.
The team spent the day weeding at the wood, straightening tree guards and removing hundreds of tubes which will be recycled as part of YDMT’s Plastic Free Woodland’s project.
Leah Galloway, Development Officer at YDMT said: “It was really good to welcome Tarmac and their volunteers out to Pasture Wood to not only help maintain the wood but enjoy each other’s company in a safe environment.
Access to nature and breathing spaces is something we all know is important at the current time and the team really enjoyed working on the hillside.”
Richard Kirwin, area director at Tarmac said: “The team at Tarmac were very excited to get back out into the Yorkshire Dales to support the YDMT with the important work they do to protect the national park.
“The ‘People and the Planet’ initiative is something we are very proud to be involved with and we are looking forward to taking part in more volunteering activities throughout the year.”
The partnership supports Tarmac’s sustainability strategy to support environmental stewardship and community involvement.
They will also be providing YDMT with opportunities to organise visits to their sites throughout the year, when restrictions allow.
Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) is a small charity doing big things to support the people, landscape and wildlife of the Dales.
To date the charity has helped to deliver inspiring projects worth around £28 million in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas. These projects cover areas as diverse as countryside apprenticeships, supporting local communities, education and outreach, restoring woodlands and wildlife habitats, and improving access and understanding of this special place.
The Trust has recruited more than 50,000 supporters to date. Find out more at www.ydmt.org