A campaign to save the trees along the side of Ripon Canal has been announced.
The Canal & River Trust, which manages 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales,is appealing Ripon residents and visitors who enjoy the canal to help protect the waterside trees along one of the city’s gems.
At present, many of the mature ash trees along the Ripon Canal between Renton Bridge and Oxclose Lock are dying back because of disease or through old age.
But now the Canal & River Trust is hoping the local community will support a £1,000 fundraising appeal which will enable them to plant new, young, healthy ash trees to replace the ancient trees which have been a feature of the landscape for more than 150 years.
As environment manager for the Canal & River Trust, Jonathan Hart-Woods said: “Safeguarding this valuable landscape is vitally important for the biodiversity of the canal.
“By continuing to plant native trees and shrubs on the site, we can ensure a continuity of habitats for the flora and fauna that have always colonised the Ripon Canal. “Old trees are often overlooked but these ashes have been here for generations and it’s our responsibility to ensure future generations can enjoy trees of this age and size on this canal and that’s why we are acting now whilst the trees are still in place.
“With public support we will be able to plant the trees that are suitable and in keeping with what Ripon Canal users want to see planted.
Any money donated will be spent on materials. £1 could by a mulch mat, to help trees fight against weeds, £5 could buy a tree shelter, tree stake and compost. £50-100 could provide new disease resistant elm and ash trees
To donate text ASH to 70007* or log onto www.canalrivertrust.org.uk. Anyone who would like to help plant the new trees can contact firstname.lastname@example.org