White Rose Forest – message to landowners and residents from LCC

Below is a message from Leeds City Council to landowners and residents regarding the White Rose Forest which the Parish Council has been asked to share.

As you may be aware, Leeds City Council is a committed partner of the White Rose Forest, the community forest for North and West Yorkshire, which aims to significantly increase woodland cover across the region.

The council’s ambitious vision for Leeds’ own contribution to the White Rose Forest is to practically double the number of trees in the district by working with landowners, farmers and residents to plant and protect more trees and through leading by example by planting 50 hectares of woodland per year on public land.

To work towards delivering this ambition, we want to reach out to farmers and landowners in Leeds to encourage them to consider whether tree planting is right for their land. We want to let them know about the support and opportunities available via the White Rose Forest partnership to help with planning, funding and planting new woodland. We want to raise awareness of this offer and encourage more expressions of interest in this support.

We have produced the attached leaflet aimed at landowners and land managers which outlines the benefits of woodland planting and the support available through the White Rose Forest.

We are writing to ask you to share this email to any appropriate contacts you may have in your ward, and to help us work with parish and town councils to utilise their local knowledge in a coordinated way to identify potential sites for tree planting.

If you would like more information about the White Rose Forest, please contact wrf@leeds.gov.uk or visit leeds.gov.uk/trees. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Further details can be found on WRF – Landowner engagement.