The Woodland Trust is looking for a site to create a new 500-acre forest in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. 

The Trust is asking for the public’s help to find a suitable location for its Jubilee Woods Project and for donations to create a £5m fighting fund to buy it and plant around half a million trees.

It is calling on landowners, who might have a potential 500-acre site, as well as looking for smaller sites nominated by community groups, individuals, organisations and businesses.

The Trust wants to plant a total of six million trees on the main forest and on hundreds of 60-acre Diamond Woods and 20-acre Jubilee Woods across the country. It says that it wants to give everyone, even in urban areas, access to the wonders of the natural world.

It is giving the trees away in 30 tree ‘Hedge and Copse’ packs for schools and in 120 or 420 tree packs for community groups. The oak, hawthorn, rowan, cherry, birch and dogwood saplings are each 20 to 40 cm high, and each pack will also contain one Royal Oak sapling to commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee.

Since it was established in 1972 the Trust has created over 1000 new woodland sites across the UK, covering 26,205 acres, planting 12,783,846 trees and involving over 3,000,000 children and adults in the planting. This includes Dishcombe Wood (pictured) which was created for the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977.

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.”

She added that woods help conserve biodiversity and help mitigate climate change by absorbing CO2. “Just one tree produces enough oxygen every year to keep a family of four breathing.”

For details see. www.woodlandtrust.org.uk