Yorkshire Water has announced it will complete the planting of 250,000 trees by spring next year as it seeks to achieve its net zero carbon emissions target by 2030.
The water company previously set a goal of planting one million tress across the UK and said it is putting the environment at the forefront of its plans.
Planting trees will help Yorkshire Water towards its carbon neutrality goal as a typical hardwood tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds, or 21.8kg, of carbon a year.
The trees planted will form part of the Woodland Trust’s government-backed Northern Forest, a 50-million tree programme which will run along the M62 corridor from Liverpool to Hull.
The water company is working with The Mersey Forest, City of Trees, White Rose Forest, Heywoods and the Community Forest Trust.
Its work has already started at Gorpley Reservoir near Todmorden with 93,000 trees set to be planted by the end of this winter.
Yorkshire Water CEO Liz Barber said: “The one million trees programme is a great way for us to help keep Yorkshire beautiful and make a real difference to the environment.
“There are around two million trees on Yorkshire Water land so for us to plant a further million shows our commitment. Planting trees can reduce flood risk and carbon emissions and give a great boost to local wildlife. It also provides greater opportunity for communities to enjoy the opportunities nature provide.”
A total of around 6,000 hectares of land across England will have newly planted trees as part of the joint water companies’ 11 million trees initiative.
Yorkshire Water manages the collection, treatment and distribution of water in the region, supplying around 1.24 billion litres of drinking water to more than five million people every day