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Trees planted across Ryedale to mark National Tree Week

Trees have been planted all over Ryedale to mark National Tree Week, which finished this Sunday.

The annual event is the UK’s largest tree celebration and marks the start of the winter tree planting season from November to March each year.

A tree has been planted at Ryedale House by the Chair and Vice-Chair of Ryedale District Council, Cllr Janet Frank and Cllr Nathan Garbutt-Moore.

The sapling has been planted in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year.

The Council also offered a free tree to every Parish and Town Council and school in Ryedale to form part of the Queen’s Green Canopy of trees being planted all over the country.

Across the district over 30 new trees have been planted in 26 parishes and nine schools who took up the offer.

In Cropton, the oldest and youngest citizen in the village planted their new tree together.

The saplings, sourced from the Woodland Trust, were four native species – hazel, blackthorn, crab apple or wild cherry.

More trees are set to be planted on Sunday in Terrington, where residents are being invited to a free community planting event.

It will take place at Rose Cottage Farm and has been organised by the Ryevitalise Landscape Partnership of the North York Moors National Park, which is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Tools and equipment will be provided and participants are also advised to wear suitable outdoor clothing including sturdy boots.

This is a free event, to book and find out more information please contact the Ryevitalise team on 01439 772700 or by email at

Phillip Spurr, Programme Director for Place and Resource at Ryedale District Council, said: “As a council, climate change is a top priority.

“This is a complicated subject with many approaches but increasing the amount of trees within our landscape is an important action which will help the district reach carbon net zero.

“Providing free trees for schools and parishes not only helps us move towards this but will also a wonderful celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year.”

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