HELP create a Diamond Wood in Rugby with a special planting session this week.
THE Woodland Trust and Rugby Borough Council are asking people to take their place in history by planting trees on Sunday (February 3) to help create a Diamond Wood.
The Diamond Wood is one of 60 being created as part of the Trust’s Jubilee Woods Project, which has marked The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by creating hundreds of new woods across the country.
The planting will take place on land bordered by Ashlawn Road and Onley Lane, with staff from the council and charity hoping to plant hundreds of trees on the day as the first steps towards creating a 60 acre woodland country park, open to all.
Local schools will also be planting trees during the week prior to the community day.
Cllr Dr Mark Williams, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for sustainable environment, said: “We are delighted to start planting trees in the town with the Woodland Trust. This is just the start of our plans to create an area of native woodland which will provide an open green space for everyone to enjoy.
“We’re looking forward to seeing lots of people on the day, it may be muddy so please bring wellington boots or stout footwear and wrap up warm. It would also be helpful if people planting are able to bring a spade too.”
The Jubilee Woods Project will see 6 million trees planted across the country, creating hundreds of publicly accessible woods which will provide homes for wildlife, lock up carbon and provide oxygen.
Woodland Trust Director of Woodland Creation John Tucker, added: “The Jubilee Woods Project has been incredibly successful in creating links with landowners like Rugby Borough Council to help us towards our aim of increasing native woodland cover across the country.
“It’s also great to get the public out planting trees, hopefully providing them with an experience they will take away forever.”
People’s efforts on the planting day will be recorded forever in the ‘Royal Record’ - a book of all the new trees and woods created as part of the project, which will be handed to HM The Queen and the British Library at the end of the project.
The tree planting in Ashlawn Road/Onley Lane will take place between 11am and 1pm on Sunday.
Anyone unable to attend on the day can still apply for a free tree pack from the Woodland Trust. People can apply for either 105 or 420 trees, schools can also apply for packs of 60 trees. Find out more at woodlandtrust.org.uk/communitytrees. People can be informed about autumn 2013 packs by emailing email@example.com.