SOME big names have joined Welcome to Yorkshire’s new Personal Members scheme.

The tourist marketing organisation’s initiative is designed to ‘unite millions of people who love Yorkshire across the world’ while supporting the creation of new woodlands. My Y is free to join but a tree will be planted in the county for every £20 paid annual membership.

Acclaimed actor Sir Patrick Stewart, NHS fundraising hero Captain Sir Tom Moore and the Yorkshire Shepherdess, Amanda Owen, are among the first to become Honorary Personal Members.

Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive James Mason said: “This is a fabulous membership scheme to connect the diaspora of people across the world who have Yorkshire roots or just a love of Yorkshire.

“They may have been born in the county, live or have lived here or perhaps have worked here or have family/friends. Members will benefit from a host of offers and entry into prize competitions, Yorkshire’s newsletters, online inspiration and each paying member will have a tree planted in the beautiful county of Yorkshire.”

For more details on becoming a My Y member visit