The Woodland Trust seeks volunteers for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee project

THE Woodland Trust is looking for volunteers from Derbyshire to help plant six million trees as part of celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next year.

The Jubilee Woods Project aims to plant the trees all around the UK to help celebrate Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne and as a growing tribute to the monarch.

It is hoping to create 60 special Diamond Woods as well as hundreds of smaller Jubilee Woods - including some in Derbyshire - and wants people from all walks of life to get involved.

Said Hannah Peach, Woodland Trust local media volunteer for Derbyshire: “The Woodland Trust is providing thousands of free Jubilee Tree packs to communities and schools across Derbyshire which you can apply for now and is also looking for landowners who may be interested in planting a Diamond or Jubilee Wood on their own land.

“It’s not just about marking the Queen’s Jubilee, Derbyshire only has 7.4 per cent tree cover, so planting new woods will not only help increase this figure but also provide habitats and sustenance for endangered native wildlife.

“We’re looking for as many people as possible to get involved, as the more trees planted means the closer we get to the overall aim of doubling native woodland cover across the UK - which is all the more pressing as we’re one of the least wooded countries in Europe.”

The Project has the Queen’s support and HRH The Princess Royal as patron.

For details visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk or email h_peach00@hotmail.com.