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Catchment Management

‘Trees for Yorkshire’ campaign at Scammonden reservoir

A group of conservation volunteers have planted 250 oak trees around Scammonden reservoir as part of a ‘Trees for Yorkshire’ campaign to help create a more climate change resilient environment.

The planting was carried out by around 30 volunteers from the Green Building Store company based in Golcar with support from Colne Valley Tree Society.

Over the last four years, a total of around 1,000 oak trees have been bought and planted at the popular beauty spot owned by Yorkshire Water.

When Scammonden reservoir officially opened in 1971, it had 40,000 trees around it. But this has now increased to 80,000 thanks to replanting efforts.

Geoff Lomas, Recreation Manager, said: “Scammonden Water is one of our most popular and beautiful reservoirs for people to visit. We welcome the Colne Valley Tree Society and its supporters planting trees at this site. These new trees will contribute to the landscape and bring benefits including increasing biodiversity, attracting more woodland birds to the area, improving the recreation experience for visitors and contributing to carbon sequestration. Across the region, we own over 2,000 hectares of woodland that we manage and conserve to ensure it remains for future generations to enjoy.”

Guy Thompson, Project Manager at the White Rose Forest Project which supports Colne Valley Tree Society and other planting groups across Yorkshire, said: “Having a long-term partnership with landowners such as Yorkshire Water has provided the opportunity of bringing together local companies and community groups to create beautiful places.”

Scammonden Water, located West of the M62 in the Pennine Moors, supplies drinking water to Huddersfield. It is unique in that it is the only British reservoir embankment to carry a reservoir. At its deepest, the reservoir is 52m deep.

If anyone wishes to get involved with the Trees for Yorkshire campaign please contact Guy Thompson at guy.thompson@kirklees.gov.uk or on 07720414356.

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