A call for help

The WOODLAND Trust has big plans to create a flagship woodland in honour of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee through its Royal approved Jubilee Woods project. This huge new site will follow on from the Trust’s proven record of creating large woodland sites accessible to all.

So far the site is still to be identified and the Trust needs the public’s help to find a suitable location, and to create a fighting fund for the acquisition.

It is calling to landowners who might have potential sites for the flagship wood as well as looking for smaller sites to be indentified by the public. Through a range of activities to create woodland of varying sizes from a 500 acre forest, through 60 acre Diamonds Woods and 20 acre Jubilee Woods, to small community woodland, the charity is appealing to supporters, community groups, individuals, organisations and businesses, to help make this project a reality.

The Trust needs to raise an estimated £5 million alone to buy the flagship site and plant it with around half a million trees. This is a chance to celebrate the reign of one of our best loved and longest serving monarchs. The Trust wants to create hundreds of woods for the nation, to give everyone access to the wonders of the natural world.

But it’s not just about newly created woodland the Trust has examples of woodland it created up to 20 years ago that are now flourishing with wildlife, loved and enjoyed by people.

Georgina Mcleod, Head of Jubilee Woods said: “New woodland rapidly attracts wildlife, butterflies, insects and open-habitat birds.

“Before long, small mammals will visit and woodland birds move in. The next settlers will be bats and hedgehogs and very soon a whole interdependent community will be thriving. You might even find endangered species such as dormice and waxwings prospering from the food and protection the trees provide.”

Young woods not only create valuable habitats for wildlife but also improve communities inspire and educate adults and children about woodland and the environment. Trees and woods play a vital role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, reduce stress and anxiety and help to reduce pollution. Just one tree produces enough oxygen every year to keep a family of four breathing. Woods help conserve biodiversity and help mitigate climate change by absorbing CO2.

The Trust needs members of the public to help find a suitable location for this Flagship site, and for other potential sites. Any suggestions might lead to creating woodland in urban locations or the countryside for the benefit of people across the UK.

People can put forward their site suggestions at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/findajubileewood