Riparian Tree Planting
This project has brought together a group of the DVRN partners, interested in buffering riparian areas – be that for NFM, increasing biodiversity, cooling water temperatures or to improve water quality.
This project has allowed for the extension of three existing projects (Brompton, Bishopdale and Stank Beck) and the kick-starting of two more. The two new projects are ‘Keeping Ure River Cool’ – a multi year riparian habitat creation and enhancement project covering the whole of the Ure catchment, and ‘Marchup Beck’ which is the start of work linked to Addingham Moorside and the Addingham 4 Becks Project. Keeping Ure River Cool is a new planned project being worked up by YDNPA and YDRT to increase riparian habitat to cool the water temperatures during the summer months, improve water quality and habitat for aquatic life and protect the river against the effects of climate change. The work at Marchup Beck is where two headwaters come together and involves planting along the riparian zones of both becks upstream from the confluence to the edge of his farm boundary. Fencing will be erected along the banks at the natural break of slope both to protect the trees and prevent livestock accessing the beck.
This project is the first instance where the DVRN has made a joint funding application on behalf of several partner projects, which on their own did not fit the financial threshold for applying. Working in partnership to achieve greater impact on the ground.
Photos Courtesy of Rick Battarbee and Sam Bradley