They want to reduce flood risk, offset carbon emissions and support the creation of a Northern Forest.
Yorkshire Water has today made an ambitious pledge to plant one million trees across its land over the next ten years in a bid to reduce flood risk, offset carbon emissions and support the creation of a Northern Forest.
Yorkshire Water is one of the biggest landowners in Yorkshire and has been working with the White Rose Forest Partnership to map Yorkshire Water's 28,000 hectares of land to assess where planting more trees will have the most impact on flood attenuation, carbon, recreation and wildlife.
Making the one million trees pledge, Richard Flint, Yorkshire Water's Chief Executive, said: "As one of Yorkshire's biggest landowners we need to make sure that we manage our land in a way that makes the most of the benefits that a healthy natural environment can provide."
"Planting trees in the right place can reduce flood risk, mitigate carbon emissions and boost wildlife. Crucially we also want to see these new woodlands provide opportunities for local people to get out and enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits that spending time in the natural environment can provide. Here at Gorpley we are working with Treesponsibility to involve local volunteers in the planting of the trees and I hope that the woodlands we create will provide a lasting legacy for communities across the region. We want to support the growth of the northern forest and hope our commitment today will encourage others to play their part."
Earlier this month, the Government announced plans to support the Woodland Trust's new 'Northern Forest' along the M62 corridor, from Liverpool to Hull.
The announcement forms part of the 25 Year Environment Plan, the Government's ambitious vision to protect the environment for the next generation.