THE first trees of a new Diamond Wood have been planted, marking the start of a project that will involve individuals and organisations from across Rugby.
And with planting underway at the Onley Lane/Ashlawn Road site, the people of Rugby are invited to take their place in history by planting more trees on Sunday 3 February from 11am.
Cllr Dr Mark Williams, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for sustainable environment, this week joined Cllr Kathryn Lawrence, Mayor of Rugby, and Dominic Sweeting of the Woodland Trust, to plant a commemorative oak. This was the first specimen tree amongst an acre of whips that have been planted by council gardeners. The wood will eventually cover more than 100 acres and is one of only sixty Diamond Woods to be planted to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Cllr Williams said: “I am delighted to see how much of the new wood has already been planted, thanks to the help and support of both the Woodland Trust and the Forestry Commission.
“The community planting day will give Rugbeians the opportunity to help to create an area of native woodland that will be here for generations to enjoy.”
John Tucker, Woodland Trust Director of Woodland Creation, said: “We hope that people will come and join us planting this new woodland, which will create a lasting tribute to Her Majesty the Queen. Not only is this a chance to celebrate the Queen’s reign, it’s also a chance for communities to come together, and of course tree planting is great fun for children too.”
Paul Webster from the Forestry Commission, which has pledged grants of nearly £300,000 for the project, said: “Trees have never been more important to society and with woodland cover in Warwickshire well below the national average, this scheme, with both its planting of native trees and management of open spaces for public recreation, will create new habitats and a cherished resource for the community. We are delighted that the first trees have taken root.”
People’s efforts on the planting day will be recorded forever in the ‘Royal Record’ - a book of all the new trees and woods planted during the jubilee year and which will be given to the Queen at the end of the project.
More information on the Diamond Wood and how to get involved can be found at www.rugby.gov.uk/DiamondWood or by calling Dominic Sweeting at the Woodland Trust on 0844 334 5403.