Our woodland creation programme

We’ve set an ambitious target to help reforest Wakefield district, planting 3.25m trees by 2050.

The Council is part of the White Rose Forest partnership that is creating woodland across West and North Yorkshire.

It is part of a larger programme of works, the new Northern Forest of 50 million trees, that will stretch across Merseyside, Manchester and Yorkshire.

Tree planting 2024

We’re planting 50,000 trees that will create a range of habitats for wildlife and help tackle climate change by capturing carbon.

Why not help our woodland and countryside team this month and volunteer to plant trees?

Tree planting sessions will take place in Bullcliffe Wood on Denby Dale Road. The entrance is opposite the Scout Campsite: what3words.com/twin.lottery.conquests.

It’s a great opportunity to get outdoors either by yourself or with your family. By planting trees, you can help tackle climate change. It will also help to make Wakefield a greener and healthier place to live.

Tree planting sessions will take place in February and March. To find out more and to register your place, please fill out our form.

We’ve already planted nearly 100,000 trees, and we need your help to plant 600,000 over the next five years.

We’re planting broadleaved and coniferous native woodland trees. We're carefully selecting species that will thrive in the environment.


The map below shows where we’re planting and when.

Tree planting season winter 2022/23

Wakefield Council has planted two new woods in January and February 2023. One in the Gawthorpe area of Ossett and another in the Snapethorpe area of Lupset. With the help of around 500 volunteers, we planted around 32,000 trees on 19 hectares of land.

Members of the public suggested and then voted on names for the new woods. They are Maypole Wood (Gawthorpe) and Hope Wood (Snapethorpe).


Find out more

Contact us on WhiteRoseForest@wakefield.gov.uk for more information on:

  • volunteering to plant
  • creating a Tiny Forest on your school grounds
  • private landowner planting opportunities
  • business support
  • any other enquiries

To volunteer as a tree warden visit: https://treecouncil.org.uk/tree-wardens/.

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