WOODLAND management by Bradford Council is continuing to meet an internationally-recognised standard.

Certification that it satisfies Forest Stewardship Council requirements has been renewed until 2023.

"The certification demonstrates that our woodlands are being managed sustainably," said Bob Thorp, the council's tree and woodland manager.

"We know woodlands provide a home for nature which is under enormous pressure and also a place where citizens and visitors alike can find some relaxation and fresh air.

"By managing to these internationally-recognised principles, we can make sure the woodlands will be there for future generations."

The council has committed to increasing the percentage of woodland in the district from under ten to 15, as well as playing a role in the development of the Northern Forest.

Bradford Council currently manages 856 hectares of woodland across 111 sites, including Park Wood in Keighley and St Ives, Harden.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, executive member for healthy people and places, said: "Bradford district has some wonderful woodlands which are much loved by local communities. Some of our ancient semi-natural woods are of European importance.

"Involving people in managing our woods is a key part of how we deliver sustainable woodlands. We have many Friends groups which devote hundreds of voluntary hours to help keep our woods healthy and inviting places.

"Our next challenge is to increase the number of woodlands and trees in the district to make sure that they continue to provide all the benefits that people and nature depend on against a background of climate change."