Landscapes for Water

Trees are a powerful natural flood management tool that, when planted in the right places, can over time help slow the flow of water into rivers and reduce the risk of major flooding events for communities further downstream. Our Landscapes for Water programme focuses on the strategic use of trees to help protect communities in North and West Yorkshire from flooding. Planting trees along our river corridors can also improve biodiversity, improve water quality and help protect riverbanks.

To deliver the Landscapes for Water programme we work closely with the Environment Agency and local White Rose Forest partners to identify the best places for new woodland creation that will help reduce flood risk. We then work with our partners to engage with local landowners to secure land for planting.

We work in three important priority river valleys or catchments in North and West Yorkshire: the Aire catchment, the Calder catchment, and the Swale, Ure, Nidd and Ouse (SUNO) catchment.

To find out more about our current Landscapes for Water project in the Aire River valley please email:

Green Streets

The Green Streets programme aims to integrate natural and semi-natural areas, such as water bodies and green wooded spaces (green and blue infrastructure), into transportation and urban design in North and West Yorkshire.

Imagine living in a community where the main roads are lined with trees, groves of trees are dotted throughout the urban space, cycling infrastructure links up and takes pedestrian-commuters through parks and ecological corridors, and wildlife has more habitat and space to thrive. These are the Green Streets principles in action.

The programme aims to improve air quality, expand and strengthen ecological corridors, encourage the uptake of active travel, reframe the urban space through placemaking interventions and manage stormwater through water sensitive design. This could be achieved through urban tree planting in tree pits that capture rainwater runoff alongside key transportation routes or the expansion of tree planting in urban zones to offset the higher temperatures experienced in these build-up areas.

Fundamentally the Green Streets programme aims to create a greener and healthier environment for us all in our towns and cities.

To find out more about our Green Streets programme please email: