Grants to kick-start planting programme

THE Forestry Commission and Woodland Trust are offering grants to kick-start a planting programme.

“Even small schemes can make a significant difference and help blend our towns, villages and countryside into a greener landscape,” said Guy Thompson, from the White Rose Forest.

At White Slack Farm, Walsden, 25 acres of new trees have been planted by landowner Bob Barker with the help of local group Treesponsibility.

“Creating more attractive areas with public access and picnic areas has been really appreciated by local people,” he said.

Mr Barker now has the green light to plant another 36 acres.

Only 5.1 per cent – about 4,610 acres - of the Calderdale countryside is currently tree covered, well below the national average of nine per cent.