Trees

About the Woodland

Shoe Gate Wood is the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s (YDMT) latest Supporter Woodland.

A total of 2,600 trees have been planted at the 300-acre family-run Kingstone Farm near Pateley Bridge to link up existing woodland and create vital habitat for wildlife.

1,000 of these trees have been planted specifically for Welcome to Yorkshire members, and we can’t wait to welcome you to the site so you can enjoy all the benefits of being out in nature.

The patchwork of woodland at the farm has several species of native broadleaf trees including Aspen, Bird Cherry, Blackthorn, Crab Apple, Downy Birch, Field Maple, Hawthorn, Hazel, Holly, Rowan, Scots Pine, Sessile Oak, and Wild Cherry. The species selected are ideal for the rocky and exposed site. At each woodland they create, YDMT works with the landowner and other partners to ensure that the right tree is planted in the right place.

Ninth generation farmer Richard Shepherd named his new woodland 'Shoe Gate' after he saw this area referenced as such on an old OS map. There are several old routes that run through the land.

Why Trees?

Our climate is in crisis and trees can play a vital role. Not only do they remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere but they also provide essential habitat for wildlife and are important for our health and wellbeing. Trees are beneficial for people, landscape and wildlife…

People

  • Trees are proven to boost human health and wellbeing. By becoming a Welcome to Yorkshire member you are helping to create natural woodlands that people can enjoy for years to come.
  • Trees can be really useful to farmers as they can help with stock management and keeping sheep and cattle from dangerous/steep areas of land.
  • YDMT work to ensure that people from all walks of life can access the Dales for improved health and wellbeing. Find out more about their work here.

Landscape

We think trees are pretty special  and enhance our precious landscape in so many ways.

  • Trees restore part of our natural landscape that’s been lost due to deforestation. The UK has only 13% woodland cover, compared with an EU average of 37% - in the Yorkshire Dales that figure falls to below 5%.
  • Trees can be planted in unused areas of land, making the most of our spectacular Yorkshire landscape.
  • Trees help to reduce soil erosion, reduce flood risk, reduce pollution and also help with water quality.

Wildlife

Our new woodlands grow into diverse ecosystems, supporting more invertebrates than any other habitat. In Yorkshire they can be home to animals like the Red Squirrel, Dormouse, Redstart and Marsh Tit as well as plants like Herb Paris, Bluebell, Ramsons and Wood Anemone.