Tree planting day in the Yorkshire Dales

Earlier in February Myself, Chloe Jones (Marketing Coordinator) Sonja Morgan (Client Delivery Manager) and Phil Morgan (Client Delivery Director) made the epic journey up to Yorkshire to meet with Sarah and Michael from our partners Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) for a day of planting trees!

The planting took place at Summerstone Estate in Nidderdale, which is within the same valley as the stunning Scar House reservoir that we stopped by at the end of the day. The field we planted in was named Dotty’s field, which gave it a nice personal touch. We had the pleasure of meeting Roy, the Summerstone Estate manager and Chris the senior forest manager for Tillhill forestry. Tillhill are supporting the planting on the estate and have worked with Roy and the landowner on many other sites they have planted trees on at Summerstone. It was interesting to learn how woodland creation is very much about working in partnership with others. Just like the partnership between YDMT and Illuminet, the support is essential to make it happen.

It was extremely inspiring to see the passion Roy and Chris have for the environment and what they do, and it was fascinating the learn the extent of the impact tree planting has on the world we live in. Oh, and we best not forget the fantastic looking cows we met along the way…

YDMT are supporting the planting of just over 1,000 trees at Summerstone estate this year. As a team of 5 and the expert help and tips from Sarah, Michael, Roy and Chris, we managed to plant somewhere between 40-50 trees of different kinds…not bad for beginners. All of the trees were native broadleaf, but on the day a mixture of hazel, holly and hawthorn went in the ground! We managed to get a good few hours of tree planting done before the heavy snow came in…and we lost most sensation and movement in our fingers.

It was a fantastic day. A huge thank you to Sarah and Michael for hosting us. The future of our partnership is exciting, and we look forward to planting many more trees together as we both continue to grow. Until next time!