The UK may be in the grip of a winter lockdown but in one village on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales the local climate-change group has been busy. Plans are afoot to plant hundreds of trees on land surrounding Newton-le-Willows, in lower Wensleydale, in an effort to tackle the climate crisis. According to scientists, planting billions of trees across the world is one of the biggest and cheapest ways of taking CO2 out of the atmosphere. Bob Sampson, a former land-use planning adviser for the Ministry of Agriculture and member of the village’s climate-change group, has written to local landowners asking permission to grow trees on their land. Seven have agreed so far, and he is now recruiting villagers to sponsor, and plant, trees. Sign up to the Green Light email to get the planet’s most important stories Read more The group is asking for £2 to cover the cost of a tree, a cane and a spiral to protect it from rabbits. They are yet to announce their plans in the village newsletter, but after a post on a WhatsApp group, which was started when the first lockdown was imposed in March last year, they’ve already had […]

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