550 acres
That's how much land we hope to secure for nature.
It’s a landscape crying out for trees in an area of England with tree cover of less than 5%.
£3.5 million
That's how much we need to raise by the end of June.
This will not only allow us to buy the land, but also fund the tree-planting and regeneration work the area needs.

Help us transform an exposed and windswept landscape into a new haven for wildlife

Snaizeholme is currently bleak and bare; 550 acres of windswept grazing land around 20 miles north of Settle, close to the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. We are incredibly lucky to have been given the opportunity to buy Snaizeholme and create vibrant new native woodland for wildlife and people.

But we only have a very short window to raise the funds we need for this magnificent mission: there isn’t a moment to lose. 

See for yourself the scope of what we want to achieve here at Snaizeholme and how we could revive and invigorate bare land.

This is Snaizeholme, acres of bare, windswept grazing land desperately short of life, colour and trees.  

We urgently need your help to raise the funds to buy Snaizeholme and transform it into a vibrant and beautiful new woodland.

Because waiting in the wings is someone very very special. If we can create the habitat they need, native red squirrels can move in from a neighbouring nature reserve and a host of other threatened wildlife species can survive and thrive.   

It's a wonderful chance to boost biodiversity when the natural world is in crisis. 

Time is running out. Please help us create a new haven for wildlife at Snaizeholme.

If you're planning a visit

Please note that there is currently very limited parking near Snaizeholme, with parking only for prebooked cars to the current Red Squirrel Trail. You can find details of the Red Squirrel Trail and how to book by picking up a copy of Go Nuts for Red Squirrels from any of the Yorkshire Dales National Park visitor centres.

Why is Snaizeholme so important?

By bringing this slice of North Yorkshire into our care, we'll be able to achieve a number of important things for people and wildilfe.

Credit: John Bridges / WTML

Protect red squirrels and their habitat

The site will link and buffer neighbouring woodland – patches of which we suspect is ancient woodland. A crucial part of our vision is to extend and protect an existing red squirrel reserve, providing much-needed habitat for this threatened native species.

Credit: James Reader / Front Row Films

Plant trees in the Yorkshire Dales

The landscape here is in dire need of trees. Our recently published State of the UK’s Woods and Trees report presented irrefutable evidence on how imperative woodland creation is if we are to tackle the potentially catastrophic loss of nature. Transforming bare land like this with sympathetic native planting, and allowing natural regeneration to occur, forms a critical part of our work.

Credit: Markus Varesvuo / naturepl.com

Create habitat for threatened wildlife

We have a chance to boost biodiversity at a time when the natural world is in crisis. Woodland birds will have a home here for the first time, and open scrub woodland should attract species like the black grouse. Trees will boost the water quality of the river and beck, safeguarding the resident otters, plus birds such as herons, grey wagtails, kingfishers and dippers.

Credit: Papilio / Alamy Stock Photo

Showcase woodland creation in the north of England

Snaizeholme will become a flagship woodland creation project for the Northern Forest, a partnership between the Woodland Trust and the Community Forests in the north. It sits within Yorkshire’s White Rose Forest, and would form part of the ambitious plan to revitalise the north of England.

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