Knaresborough Forest: Past, Present and Future

An opportunity to hear about the natural and built heritage of this historic region and the example it provides for future reforestation.


Thursday, 21 February 2019, 7.30-9.00 pm


Friends Meeting House

12A Queen Parade
Harrogate, HG1 5PP


David Rhodes is a retired architect and town planner who spent 30 years in local government, including 15 years in Harrogate Borough Councils Planning Department, as Team Leader for Conservation and Design, covering all aspects of the Districts natural and built heritage.


David's presentation will relate the importance of an ancient forest to 'kick start' the proposed coast to coast Northern Forest and more specifically the Yorkshire proposal of a White Rose Forest plantation over 30 years, from 2020 - 2050. 


Knaresborough Forest covered a vast area, and numerous archaeological finds indicate human occupancy throughout the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. The 1770 Enclosure Act set in motion the disposal of land and provided 200 acres of open land that became the Harrogate Stray.

Today there is a national reappraisal of the need for woodland planting and forests. Our woodlands will play a critical role in helping Harrogate District transition to a net zero carbon economy by 2050.


The Government is backing the Northern Powerhouse in its Northern Forest [Liverpool to Hull] with an aim to plant 50 million trees over 25 years. In Yorkshire it will be known as the White Rose Forest and Harrogate Council, along with all other councils, is committed to producing, in 2020, a 25-year planting strategy for the District.

Doors open at 7.15 for refreshments, with the presentation commencing at 7.30 pm.

This is a free of charge event, although donations are welcome.