The picturesque village of Skelton is situated 3 miles North of York

Help to co-design the York Community Woodland

City of York Council is seeking feedback from residents and local organisations on its plans to create a vast community woodland on 194-acres of land to the West of York, near Knapton. As part of its commitment to creating a cleaner, greener city and its ambitious target of reaching net zero carbon by 2030, the council plans to plant 50,000 trees on the site by the spring of 2023. As well as acting as a carbon sink, the green space will boost the health and mental wellbeing of local people by giving them somewhere to exercise, spend time outdoors in nature and a place for quiet contemplation. It will be an important wildlife habitat, boosting biodiversity in the city, as well as creating new green jobs and volunteering opportunities, and helping to develop green skills. In recent months the council has completed a detailed land character assessment to explore the site's existing flora and fauna, landscape, soil types, drainage features and access points. This process has given the council a good understanding of the opportunities and constraints presented by the site, and helped to shape a series of different design concepts showing how the woodland could look. Local people are now being asked to share their views on the design concepts so that their feedback can be used to help shape the council's plans for the site, as well as offering an insight into the role that residents and local groups can play in its creation and ongoing management. The council is also inviting local people to suggest possible names for the new woodland that reflect the heritage of the local area and tie in with what it's trying to achieve. Please view the woodland concept designs to see what the woodland could look like, details on how to then submit your feedback are below. Get involved by:

For more information on the York Community Woodland project please visit our York Community Woodland webpage.Consultation closes on 26 May 2021Many thanks!Laura RedheadLaura Redhead | Woodland Engagement ManagerLaura.redhead@york.gov.ukYork Community Woodland |www.york.gov.uk/YorkCommunityWoodlandCity of York Council | West Office, Station Rise, York YO1 6GAwww.york.gov.uk | facebook.com/cityofyork | @CityofYork

Posted: Sat, 15 May 2021 12:15 by Julie Watson

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