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A Community Project

As part of the 2021 celebrations to mark 950 years of Richmond Castle, the community (championed by the Original Richmond Business and Tourism Association) has planted a new woodland of 950 trees for the people of Richmondshire (with the hope of more to follow as we head towards the millennium celebrations in 2071).

To mark the occasion, the woodland has been 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 and working with local landscape architect, Alistair Baldwin, to bring the design to life.

Landowners, Lord Ronaldshay and Michael Sunley gave their permission to use the adjoining areas 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 looks after the day-to-day management of the woodland.

Listen to Jo Foster
talking about Rufus Woods on BFBS