As part of the 2021 celebratations to mark 950 years of Richmond Castle, the community (championed by the Original Richmond Business and Tourism Association) is creating a new woodland for the people of Richmondshire–planting 950 trees in the year (with the hope of more to follow as we head towards the millennium celebrations in 2071).
To mark the occasion, the woodland is to be named Rufus Woods after Alan Rufus who first commissioned the castle in 1071.
The project is led by a team of four local business people (Steve Biggs, Tim Crawshaw, Jo Foster and Phil Upton), under the umbrella of the Original Richmond Business & Tourism Association. They have been working with local landscape architect, Alistair Baldwin over the past year to make the initiative happen.
Landowners, Lord Ronaldshay and Michael Sunley have given their permission to use their adjoining pieces of land for planting and access. The trustees of outdoor social enterprise, Just the Job will oversee the project and the Just the Job team, led by Steve Biggs will take control of the day-to-day management once the woodland is planted.