A Bradford-based law firm is now in its second year of backing the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, a charity dedicated to aiding the people, landscapes, and wildlife of the Yorkshire Dales.
LCF Law’s collaboration with the Trust has led to the firm contributing £7,500 thus far. This donation has supported the planting of 500 trees, which will offset 80 tonnes of carbon in the Yorkshire Dales over the next half-century. A number of the firm’s team members have also volunteered with the Trust, and a portion of the donated funds is being used to assist various ongoing community projects overseen by the Trust.
Bridie Johnson-Power, from LCF Law, said: “Our first volunteering project with the Trust involved us helping to maintain the woodland and clear redundant plastic tubes for recycling at Bargh Wood. Then more volunteers ventured out into the Dales to join a mixed group of corporate partners planting 400 trees to extend The Hawes woodland. Most recently a group of us volunteered for the woodland maintenance day at Swinesett Hill, and despite the torrential rain, we got a lot done!”
Development officer, Richard Hore, from the Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust said: “It’s been great getting to know some of the LCF Law team, all of whom have been so enthusiastic about volunteering and learning more about our work. We know they have enjoyed engaging with our partnership and connecting with nature to improve their wellbeing and that of our planet.”
Swinesett Hill is a newly established woodland situated in Gayle, just outside Hawes, and close to the renowned Pennine Way. It is a native broadleaf woodland offering sweeping views across much of Wensleydale and beyond. Around 13,000 trees have been planted, including Sessile Oak, Rowan, Holly, Birch, Alder, and Willow. The woodland covers a significant portion of the fell, creating a crucial habitat for wildlife and adding intrigue to the landscape. Once fully matured, this 11-hectare woodland will serve as a valuable sanctuary for black grouse and red squirrels, both of which can be spotted in the local vicinity.
LCF Law’s managing partner, Simon Stell, said: “Through this partnership with the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, we are helping to address the climate and biodiversity crises, whilst supporting the creation of beautiful new woodlands for everyone to enjoy. Our donation to the charity will result in 1,000 trees being planted in total over two years and we would highly recommend other businesses get involved with this fabulous and well-run initiative.”