Agricultural industry suppliers Carr’s Group are working with Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) to create a lasting legacy for agriculture in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas.
The agreement will see the creation of new native broadleaf woodlands with Carrs Billington Agriculture providing sponsorship towards the Clapham-based charity’s woodland grants programme.
Jim McRobert, regional branch manager for Hawes and Malton Carrs Billington, said: “As a business, we are really excited to link our networks and knowledge of the agricultural sector in the Dales with the expertise at YDMT.
“By coming together we can make a lasting difference for the environment and for farming.”
This partnership was launched at Hesper Farm in Bell Busk with farmers Brian, Judith and Sam Moorhouse, alongside teams from YDMT and Carr’s.
They took in views from the 345-acre site while discussing woodland creation and management, habitat improvement, flood prevention, Skyr yoghurt and dairy farming.
As part of the partnership, three YDMT apprentices and trainees also had the opportunity to interview Carr’s Group CEO Tim Davies.
He said: “I passionately believe that we need to further connect young people with farming, whilst also ensuring that farmers can support looking after the environment for the future.
“Through working with YDMT, we have the chance to do both of these things and create a legacy not just for agriculture in the Dales, but also for our environment.”
David Sharrod, YDMT CEO, added: “We know that if we can work with Carr’s to better engage with farming networks, and break down some of the perceived barriers between the agricultural and environmental sectors, we can make a significant difference to our environment. Farmers are custodians of the land and care deeply about it.
“We are really grateful to Carr’s Group and Carrs Billington for their support in helping to restore native woodland to the Yorkshire Dales.
“We look forward to seeing what this partnership can achieve for this special place.”
For more information on the YDMT Woodland grants programme contact Carol Douglas at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 015242 51002.
Applications for this programme are accepted on an ongoing basis, with the trust now taking applications for the 2020/21 winter planting season.