Community Woodland Update

With plans for 50,000 trees to be planted, improving air quality, biodiversity and educational experiences, York’s Lib Dems are working to provide a new sustainable community space for generations to come.

The York Community Woodland project has been underway since February 2020 and has involved a wide range of community engagement activity - from seed sowing with local primary schools, to a six week long co-design phase in collaboration with the public in May 2021.

Local Councillors Anne Hook and James Barker recently visited the site to see how, in recent weeks, a seven acre field area of the site has been transformed into a wild wood meadow. With help from Woodmeadow Trust and a local farmer, the area was sown with locally harvested wildflower seed from the Lower Derwent Valley National Nature Reserve, together with a 'nurse crop' of annual cornfield flowers supplied from Greentech.

The biggest benefit of sowing the wildflower seed is its assistance to the land in supressing weeds and cultivating the soil. This provides a nutrient base for the land to develop as the council focuses on the long term bio-diversity goals of creating a successful wood meadow within the woodland.

At a recent planning meeting for the new hub for DPD at Northminster Business Park, Cllr Hook argued that the speed limit on Northfield Lane should be reduced from 60mph, however this was not taken forward. Your local councillors will continue to try to get the speed limit reduced to make access to the Rufforth/Knapton cycle path and the new Community Woodland safe for pedestrians and cyclists approaching along Northfield Lane.

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