Planting trees: Steven Crabtree

10 February 2022

Farmer Steven Crabtree walking through newly planted trees

Livestock farmer Steven Crabtree, from northeast England, speaks about his experiences of planting trees on his land.

Steven Crabtree is a third-generation livestock farmer in the Yorkshire Dales. In 2006, he planted some unproductive areas of the farm with trees.

"This year I’ve taken part in the Big Farmland Tree Planting challenge, promoted by the NFU North East and Woodland Trust. I have chosen to plant my trees with the goal of supporting biodiversity on my farm and rejuvenating my existing ageing woodland.

"It’s a great initiative to try to encourage local farmers to plant trees for all sorts of reasons."

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