As part of our commitment to creating a cleaner, greener city and the ambitious target of reaching net zero carbon by 2030, we're planning to plant 50,000 trees to create a new community woodland by the spring of 2023. Residents have now got an opportunity to have their say on these plans.
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, enhancing biodiversity in York, as well as creating new green jobs and volunteering opportunities, helping to boost the development of 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.
Residents are now being asked to share their views on the design concepts so that their feedback can help shape the council’s plans for the site, as well as offer an insight into the role that residents and local groups can play in its creation and ongoing management. As a part of the consultation, residents are also invited to suggest possible names for the new woodland that reflect the heritage of the local area and tie in with the project’s ambitions.
Council Leader, Councillor Keith Aspden said:
"This project is central to our ambitions of making York a cleaner and greener city and achieving net zero carbon by 2030.
"Our aim is to create a new well-designed, biodiverse green space for the people of York to enjoy for generations to come. The woodland will become a new stray for the city, making it an even greater place to live, work and visit.”
Councillor Paula Widdowson, Executive Member for Enivronamt and climate change, added:
"As well as helping to tackle climate change, the community woodland will give local people greater access to green space, improve the health and wellbeing, increase biodiversity, enhance our active travel network and create green employment and volunteering opportunities.
"It’s an exciting project for the whole of York, but also an important one for the wider region’s commitment to boost biodiversity and tackle climate change.”
To find out more about the York Community Woodland project, visit the council website.
To have your say on the proposals, take part in a quick online survey.