A WOOD is to be planted on the Chatsworth estate this year to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.
More than 40,000 trees and shrubs will be planted on moorland next to the A619 road leading to Baslow during the autumn and winter to create 62-acre Diamond Wood. The project is backed by the Woodland Trust, the Chatsworth estate and the Forestry Commission, which is giving £155,000 as part of its ongoing work at Chatsworth to create habitats to halt the decline in vulnerable woodland bird species.
The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire will plant the first trees in November with local schoolchildren invited to join in with the planting of species such as oak, ash and rowan.
The Duke said: “The area chosen for the wood is significant as it will help continue the estate’s ‘woodland for birds’ project in partnership with the Forestry Commission, which has seen thousands of trees planted with the sole aim of encouraging a number of woodland bird species to re-establish following years of decline in the region.”
Sixty Diamond Woods are being planted across the country, along with hundreds of smaller Jubilee Woods. Schools and communities can apply for free tree packs to plant in public spaces. Sainsbury’s is main corporate sponsor for the Jubilee Woods Project.