A WOODLAND project set up to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is closing in on its target of planting 275,000 trees.
The wood is on a 186-acre site at Normanton le Heath, near Ashby, in the heart of the National Forest and is the only Diamond Wood to be managed by the Woodland Trust itself.
Created by forestry experts UPM Tilthil to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, it includes planting native species such as oak, birch, rowan and apple as well as shrubs.
More than two-thirds of trees have been planted with remaining work scheduled to be finished by 2015.
All the trees, which vary across the site depending on the soil and drainage, have been chosen to provide habitat for wildlife.
Chris Williams, woodland trust site manager, said: “This project is great because as well as improving the environment and creating new homes for wildlife, it is creating a lasting legacy and celebration for the historical jubilee, while bringing the community together to get involved and create something special.”
The first tree was planted by Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, to open the site.
The long-term plan is to provide a continuous link of woodland across the UK, providing vital homes for wildlife and areas for people to enjoy and creating a living legacy for the Queen’s diamond jubilee.
Oliver Hands, UPM Tilhill forest manager, said: “Normanton le Heath will be a great place for people to explore, with its flourishing woodland, stunning lake and wetlands and open green spaces. We’re very proud to be involved in such an important project.”
In a speech at the time, Princess Anne said: “There has been a lot of interest shown in the project and I know that the Queen is very pleased too because it has been indicated that so many people have wanted to take part.”