A NORTH Yorkshire trust has planted more than 70,000 trees as part of a campaign to fight against climate change.

Thanks to Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust's (YDMT) "Together for Trees" campaign, the charity has helped create 56 new woodlands in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding area over the last three years.

The campaign is supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery.

The campaign is set to encourage wildlife into the area and help bring people together through tree planting.

Mike Appleton, from Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, said: "The way people have supported Together for Trees has been humbling,

"Backing from individuals and partners has allowed us to create beautiful woodland that everyone can enjoy for generations to come.

"It also means we can look to the future to extend our work and reach our target of planting 100,000 trees.

"We are aiming to support 100 more landowners over the next three years to create new woodlands, restore hedgerows and plant individual landscape trees."

As the campaign continues, YDMT is set to be working with community groups in the Dales, as well as engaging with local schools to encourage young people to connect with their local outdoor spaces.

Mike added: "We have also been supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery who have helped improve woodland connectivity and biodiversity at Grinton Estate in Swaledale and create habitat for dormice at Castle Bolton in Wensleydale.

“As a thank you to them, we have dedicated 1,000 trees at a new woodland on Swinesett Hill near Hawes, a picturesque site near to the iconic Pennine Way.”