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Final tree planted at Rugby’s Diamond Wood

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The final tree has been planted at Rugby’s Diamond Wood.

The field maple was planted by the Mayor of Rugby, Cllr Anthony Gillias, at a special ceremony on Thursday.

The council joined forces with the Woodland Trust in 2012 to create a lasting and living legacy to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Around 75,000 trees and shrubs have since been planted at the 116-acre site off Ashlawn Road in the Rainsbrook Valley, with families, schools, businesses, and community organisations playing a vital role by volunteering at a number of tree planting days.

Diamond Wood has been designed to retain panoramic views of the countryside, with blocks of trees divided by paths - many of which will be developed to provide disabled access.

Native tree species such as oak, beech, alder and sweet chestnut have been planted to enhance the natural habit and increase biodiversity.

Once mature, the wood will compliment the neighbouring Ashlawn Cutting Nature Reserve, offering a variety of habitats - from woodland to wildflower meadows - for wildlife.

Diamond Wood was one of only 60 nationwide to be chosen for the Woodland Trust’s flagship Jubilee Woods project.

The council secured grants of nearly £300,000 from the Forestry Commission to help with the plans

Cllr Dr Mark Williams, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for sustainable environment, said: “Diamond Wood has been a real community effort and I’d like to thank all the volunteers who helped with the planting.

“Working with the Woodland Trust and the Forestry Commission, we have created a wonderful community asset which can be enjoyed by generations to come.”

For more information on Diamond Wood, visit www.rugby.gov.uk/DiamondWood or visit the Dimond Wood page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/RugbyDiamondWood

 

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