Broughton Sanctuary at Broughton Hall Estate has become home to the largest tree planting scheme in England this year.
The tree planting plan
Roger Tempest, custodian of Broughton Hall Estate and his partner Paris Ackrill, co-founder of Avalon Wellbeing at The Broughton Sanctuary said:
“We surely have to wake up to the fact that respecting and supporting nature has to be a high priority on the ground now. Our lack of harmonious co-existence with the Earth is causing continued extinction of species across the globe as well as a deep lack of belonging for humanity.
“We are too often looking further afield to environmental degradation ‘over there’ yet we have lost our places of real wilderness in Britain, wilderness which should pulse with rich biodiversity. We saw an opportunity at home.
“We believe that the change we need to see will come through the union of rewilding our ‘outer nature’, such as the nature recovery and rewilding project at Broughton, along with the rewilding of our ‘inner nature’ which perhaps has been the root cause of deforestation and degradation of nature in England.
“We are enormously grateful to everyone that has been involved in our nature recovery project so far. The expert advice and ongoing support we receive from Professor Alastair Driver, Matt Taylor, Wayne Scurrah and Richard Preston Garden Design is invaluable. A huge thank you also to the White Rose Forest, Defra, Kirklees Council, Craven District Council and the Environment Agency.”