UPDATE 9AM 17TH MARCH – TREE PLANTING IS ON
To celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s historic Dimond Jubilee in 2012, the Woodland Trust is encouraging people to come together in their neighbourhoods and plant small areas of trees. The UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe with only 4% native woodland cover; we should have at least twice as much. So, the plan in 2012 is to create hundreds of wooded areas across the country, and 60 special Diamond Woods, all on public access land and for the benefit of all. The idea is to transform our landscape in a generation, provide bird and wildlife havens, and leave behind for our children a lasting and meaningful tribute. The project includes the Woodland Trust’s new flagship Diamond Wood in the heart of The National Forest in Leicestershire
We are pleased to say, that the Friends of Parkinson’s Park, have been given 105 small trees to plant as part of this scheme, and to help celebrate the regeneration of the Park. Our mix of crab apple, elder, blackthorn, hazel, wild cherry and dog rose will be planted in a wildlife corridor near the Hillside steps and above the small path: we will call it Jubilee Walk.
The project is being run by Darren Shepherd, and planting will be on Saturday 17th March, 9.30am – 12.30pm. All Friends and potential Friends are welcome to take part, for all or some of the time. Bring a spade, lots of enthusiasm and meet at the Hillside steps. As this is a hillside, we are afraid it it not suitable for people with a mobility disability, or for pushchairs. Children will need to be supervised by a family members. Please contact us for further information. If it is wet and muddy we will postpone the event, so please watch this space for updates.
The planting of our trees will go into the Royal Record, a copy of which will be kept in the British Library, and another in Buckingham Palace. Searching the record made for the tree plantings for the 1937 Coronation of King George VI, we find details of local trees planted at, the common Baildon Green, Park Gate Estate Guiseley, Hall Park Horsforth, the Pleasure Grounds beside the River Wharfe in Ilkley, and on the pavement outside 34 Moorhead Crescent Shipley – how many are still there I wonder.
Other Jubilee woodland projects in our area include a Diamond Jubilee wood on farmland along Carlton Lane, and plantings by Otley Town Football Club, Burley and Woodhead Primary School, 4th Yeadon (Methodist) Rainbows, and Bramhope and Carlton Parish Council.
In February, the Woodland Trust managed to plant their target of 1 million trees, with the help of the public. Follow progress on Twitter with #jubileewoods, or sign up for the Woodland Trust newsletter on their Jubilee site.