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Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust – News Release

Date of issue: 25 July 2022


Plastic shelter collection takes total to 50,000!

Nearly 12,000 plastic tree shelters were removed and recycled from the Yorkshire Dales countryside recently thanks to Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s (YDMT) Plastic Free Woodlands project.

Landowners dropped off their redundant shelters at Craven Auction Mart in Skipton over the course of three days. These were then collected by Tubex and sent for recycling – extending their life cycle.

YDMT’s Plastic Free Woodlands officer, Mike Appleton, said: “Thanks to local landowners, dedicated volunteers, and the team at Craven Auction Mart, we were able to remove more plastic from the landscape and therefore stop the potential pollution of our soil and water courses at source. It takes the total number of shelters recycled through the project to more than 50,000.

“This is our third central collection in the Dales, and we believe we have found a system that works for everyone. We have enjoyed bringing volunteers out to the countryside to help remove this plastic – as well as providing a service to landowners who want to do the right thing for the environment.”

YDMT’s Plastic Free Woodlands project, which is supported by the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA), also aims to trial alterative shelters across a number of differing sites and create sector wide change in the use of plastic in woodlands creation.

“We’ve already seen a real change in how the woodland sector views plastic shelter use,” Mike continued. “Working as part of the Forest Plastics Working Group, we are establishing best practice across the country with a leading number of governmental and industry bodies, as well as leading environmental NGOs.

“We have brought together funding for a large-scale alternative shelter trial with Forest Research, are writing guidance on the use of plastic, producing a number of case studies and will host a conference in November.

“Locally, we are not resting on our laurels either and will host another central collection in either Appersett or Skipton in early September.”

Cat Barker, EOCA Conservation Project Coordinator, added: “This has been a great project for EOCA to fund, and we have been amazed by the hard work and dedication of YDMT, landowners and volunteers in addressing this issue of plastic shelters in our countryside.

“The project has done a fantastic job of enabling the recycling of tree shelters to extend their life, and it’s great to see the tremendous effort being made to produce a viable alternative. Fingers crossed this will be something we see in the not too distant future!”

If you have redundant tree shelters that you would like recycling, then contact Mike on


IMAGE: Tubes being collected at Craven Auction Mart.


About Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust:

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) is a small charity doing big things to support the people, landscape and wildlife of the Dales.

To date the charity has helped to deliver inspiring projects in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas. These projects cover areas as diverse as countryside apprenticeships, supporting local communities, education and outreach, restoring woodlands and wildlife habitats, and improving access and understanding of this special place.

The Trust has recruited more than 60,000 supporters to date. Find out more at

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About the European Outdoor Conservation Association:

The European Outdoor Conservation Association is an initiative from the European outdoor industry with the objective of protecting the wild areas it cares so passionately about.

Designed to harness the incredible power of the outdoor industry and to raise money to donate to grassroots conservation groups, the European Outdoor Conservation Association is funded by membership and other fundraising activities within the outdoor industry. 100% of membership fees go to the support of projects. Membership is open to anyone that can demonstrate an involvement in the European outdoor industry.

To find out more about the Association please go to:

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