What is the Jubilee Woods Project?

You may have heard about the Jubilee Woods project, which has been created to help celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s historic 2012 Diamond Jubilee, but what exactly does it entail and how can you get involved? What the Woodland Trust is attempting to do, in aid of the Diamond Jubilee is to get together, millions of people across the UK in an effort to plant 6 million trees. Much like the ‘Plant a Tree in ’73’ campaign, and the ‘Plant One More in ’74’. I still have the original Scots Pine that I bought from that old campaign, growning in my father’s garden in the family home to this day. When it was purchased it was merely a foot tall. Now it reaches past the rooftop of our home and beyond, I even recall why I chose a Scots Pine for my tree and that is because I was a huge Bay City Rollers fan, and everyone knows that they hailed from Scotland! Tenuous link but it worked for me.

For the Jubilee Woods campaign, this is much similar, with the Queen’s daughter – Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal as Patron, the Jubilee Woods project aims to create hundreds of Jubilee Woods and 60 special Diamond Woods, transforming the British landscape in a generation and providing a lasting and meaningful tribute for many years to come. Amongst some of the woods that are having a new makeover include the exciting new flagship Diamond Wood in the heart of The National Forest in Leicestershire, which is a haven for wildlife and a wonderful monument to Her Majesty, currently open for all to enjoy. It is hoped that neighbours, communities, schools and families will come together to plant thousands of individual trees in their gardens, playgrounds and community spaces – each taking the chance to mark this special moment in history in a way that will stay with them forever. As such, schools and community groups are welcome to apply for free tree packs to help local people get involved in the celebration, or you can browse the range of Jubilee trees to find the perfect one for your garden.

To view the range of trees available to buy, visit woodlandtrust.org.uk and you will be taken to a page that has many different types of trees you can imagine. Whether you want tasty fruit, spectacular colour or something to help local wildlife, look at the range listed to find the right one for you. There are smaller fruited trees that can grow in pots, trees suitable for the shade, for small gardens, right up to very large gardens. And for every tree that you buy from the Woodland Trust site, 10% will be donated back to the Jubilee Woods project. If you want to find out what is happening in your specific area, you can go to woodlandtrust.org.uk and either add your own tree planting or peruse what other people are doing in your area. Just pop in your post code and away you go! If you have a larger area of land and wish to create a new Jubilee wood, the Woodland Trust can offer help and advice every step of the way. Contact their woodland creation team on 0845 293 5689 or email jubileewoods@woodlandtrust.org.uk

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