PEOPLE across Keighley and South Craven are being invited to take part in Yorkshire Dales tree-planting projects.

The National Trust, whose properties include East Riddlesden Hall, is to plant over 12,000 trees across two sites.

And it is seeking volunteers from throughout the region to help with the initiative.

In partnership with White Rose Forest, the trust will be planting native species mixes of shrubs and broadleaved and orchard trees on 24 hectares at Cow Close near Buckden and Low Greenfield, near Yockenthwaite. The latter scheme will also include the creation of a new, circular walking route.

The venture will contribute to the National Trust's target of planting 20 million trees throughout the country by 2030.

Alicia Turner, for the trust, says: "The Yorkshire Dales is one of the most stunning natural landscapes in the world, yet it has just four per cent tree coverage compared to the UK average of nine per cent.

"Our work to increase tree cover will complement the existing highly-varied landscapes and diverse land uses, and will provide a huge boost for local biodiversity.

"We’re keen to hear from groups or individuals interested in getting involved in community planting days."

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