Bettys supports 'Trees in the Dales' project

Trees in the Dales

6:01am 19th May 2017
(Updated 4:28pm 19th May 2017)

Work to help prevent flooding in the Yorkshire Dales is getting support from Bettys.

Through its 'Trees for Life' campaign, the Harrogate-based business has joined forces with the National Trust to plant 20,000 trees in Langstrothdale Commons and nearby areas in upper Wharfedale.

The trees are part of a significant project to create 65 hectares of native scrub and woodland, restore peat bogs and build wooden debris dams in order to create a more natural mosaic of habitats and help to slow the flow of rainfall into the river system, supporting flood mitigation in the immediate area and down river.

Sam Gibson, from Bettys, said: "We take huge pride in the Yorkshire landscape that is home to our Café Tea Rooms and we're thrilled to be working with the National Trust to plant trees in the Dales.

"Our family business has long-valued the benefits of tree planting, and after last year's flooding in parts of Yorkshire, it's great to be supporting a project which improves biodiversity and will hopefully play a role in mitigating flooding in the future."

The planting will focus on British native species including willow and alder, mainly in the wetter areas, and holly, blackthorn, hawthorn and juniper.

As well as helping to slow the flow of rainfall, it will make the habitat more able to withstand a changing climate.

Tree roots and longer vegetation beneath the trees will also help to prevent landslides and erosion.

Martin Davies, general manager for the National Trust in the Yorkshire Dales, said: "We're incredibly grateful to Bettys for their generous support helping us to plant trees in Upper Wharfedale.

"We rely on the support of donations to help us carry out our work to manage this important landscape. Including the 20,000 trees from Bettys, this means over the last 18 months we'll have planted nearly 100,000 trees across Malham and Wharfedale.

"Combining this with changes to encourage lighter livestock grazing systems, and works to restore the blanket bogs on the hilltops, this can only be of significant benefit to the natural environment."

Trees in the Dales

Martin Davies and Peter Welsh from the National Trust with Sam Gibson from Bettys

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