Words by Abi Scaife
Conservationists are restoring a valley in Yorkshire to its historic state.
Tell me more.
According to research, the 561-hectare valley that surrounds Snaizeholme in Yorkshire was once covered in ancient woodland.
Today, it lies almost completely barren, providing no protection for the wildlife that once thrived there.
What is being done about it?
The Woodland Trust is aiming to plant trees across the valley, starting with 291 hectares, which will become the largest continuous woodland in the country.
The aim is not only to restore the area to its former glory, and to help the climate and environment with extra trees, but also to help our native red squirrel.
The red squirrel population has been badly affected by the larger, more boisterous, non-native grey squirrels that were introduced in the late 1890s. By restoring the woodland in Snaizeholme, woodland that is perfect for red squirrels, The Woodland Trust hopes to help the creatures thrive, and grow.