CREATING A WILDER FUTURE
In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, a beacon of nature recovery is emerging. Around Ingleborough mountain, a partnership of charities, organisations and local communities are working together to restore this iconic landscape.
The land around Ingleborough is big, open and breath-taking. The great limestone pavement looks more like the surface of the moon than the earth. It feels wild.
But the reality is that this land is not as wild as it should be. It should be a patchwork of woodland, heather moorland, lichen heathlands and blanket bog – but over the years its rich diversity has been lost.
We want to create a wilder future for Ingleborough. We want to bring back ancient woodland, hear skylarks sing over limestone grasslands and witness spectacular displays of wildflowers.
A PARTNERSHIP WITH A VISION
We’ve partnered with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Natural England, the University of Leeds, the United Bank of Carbon, Woodland Trust and local communities to restore over 1150 hectares around Ingleborough.
This partnership will support low intensity farming, restore wildlife-friendly habitats, and share skills and knowledge, so we can help make Ingleborough a haven for nature and people. By working together, we can use this project as an example of how we can restore nature and tackle the climate crisis.
This work is only possible with the wisdom and support of local people. We’ll be working with landowners, farmers and communities to share knowledge and support a thriving local economy.
WHAT WE’RE DOING
Wild Ingleborough will show what’s possible when we restore a large area of UK uplands. It could be the first place in England where a natural treeline develops – where broadleaf woodland gives way to scrubland, heather moorland and lichen heathlands.
In some areas, vegetation will regenerate naturally. In others, we’ll connect areas of woodland by planting 30,000 trees in the area over the next year. We’ll also restore areas of blanket bog – an ancient habitat which is important for storing carbon, as well as being home for many wading birds.
Through restoring the iconic Ingleborough landscape, we are giving a home to the red squirrels, skylarks, butterflies and all the other wildlife that lives there.
This is only the beginning. We hope this project will run for many years, as an example of how we can create a landscape that benefits people and nature.
Want to get involved?
We welcome volunteers to Wild Ingleborough to help with a wide variety of practical tasks ranging from tree planting to butterfly surveying.
Long-term volunteer opportunities currently available at Wild Ingleborough can be seen here.
We need lots of help planting trees over the Autumn and Winter. Check out our Wild Ingleborough tree planting days and book your place here.