The Woodland Trust is inviting local groups and schools to help transform communities for future generations by helping to plant a million trees this year.
And there si still time to get involved this month or later in the year.
The woodland conservation charity has set itself the ambitious task of planting a million trees to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and celebrate her accession to the throne, part of a year of tree planting that will see 6 million trees planted across the UK as part of the Trust’s Jubilee Woods project.
February 6 marked the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s accession to the throne and the Woodland Trust is inviting people, together with family, friends, and local communities to join them in planting one million trees for the Jubilee.
Across the UK landowners, communities, schools and organisations have pledged to plant trees in February to help the Trust, these including Dame Judi Dench the multi award winning film stage and TV actress and enthusiastic supporter of the Jubilee Woods project who is planting oaks in her garden.
Carol Evans, Director, Woodland Trust Scotland said: “The great news is that everyone can get involved in February and be one in a million.
Whether it be a 60 acre Diamond wood or a single tree in your garden, it’s easy to plant trees for the Jubilee and help us reach a million trees in a month!
Visit the Jubilee Woods website to find out how you can get involved.
Tree planting celebrations will take place across the year with opportunities for everyone to get involved in planting six million trees.”
This isn’t the first time the UK has celebrated a Royal occasion by nationwide tree planting. The Royal Record of Tree Planting for King George VI’s Coronation records in fascinating detail the tree planting undertaken by thousands of schools, parishes, organisations and homeowners in 1936/7, and has been made available online for the first time by the Trust. People can search the book online and unearth the hidden treasures on their doorsteps.
Everyone involved in planting for the Diamond Jubilee will be recorded in the new royal record that will be published on line and in hard copy form which will be presented to The Queen and the British library at the end of the project.
Free Jubilee tree packs are available for communities and schools to plant in local areas and school grounds.
For individuals there is a special range of Jubilee trees for gardens or pots.
To find out how you can get involved and plant your tree for the Jubilee visit www.Jubileewoods.org.uk <http://www.jubileewoods.org.uk/> .
Jubilee Woods project www.jubileewoods.org.uk <http://www.jubileewoods.org.uk/>
There are free community tree packs containing 105 or 420 native tree species available.
The packs come in four themes, each containing a ‘royal oak’ sapling grown from acorns collected on Royal estates.
Packs can be now ordered for planting in autumn 2012 (closing date September).