11 Sep 2012 12:00
Royal seal of approval for Diamond Wood in the Borders
HRH The Princess Royal planted a wild cherry tree to mark the creation of the Grieston Hill Diamond Wood on the Glen Estate, near Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders.
The wood is one of 60 Diamond Woods to be created across the UK as part of the Woodland Trust’s Jubilee Woods project, 20 of which are in Scotland. This project aims to plant six million trees to celebrate The Queen’s reign and involve millions of people. HRH The Princess Royal is patron of the project.
Children from St Ronan’s Primary School, Innerleithen, planted 25 trees and took part in a variety of woodland activities, and there was a demonstration of bracken cutting with a horse. HRH The Princess Royal also met a number of local people involved in forestry.
Georgina McLeod, Woodland Trust Jubilee Woods Director, said: “Wild cherry, or gean, trees are one of the first native trees to blossom in spring. They represent annual renewal and so it’s an appropriate choice to plant within a wood which will serve as a reminder of Her Majesty The Queen’s 60 years on the throne.
“I’m delighted that HRH The Princess Royal has come to celebrate the creation of the Diamond Wood at Grieston Hill. This is a superb location for a new native wood overlooking Innerleithen and the Tweed Valley. It will form a visible reminder of a very special Jubilee, provide a new home for wildlife and be a great asset for the local community.
Tessa Tennant, Lead Trustee of the Glen Estate, said: “We're so proud to have one of the 60 Diamond Woods here on the estate, and delighted that HRH The Princess Royal has chosen to plant the first of 48,000 native trees on Grieston Hill. The site is easily seen from the waiting room of Innerleithen Health Clinic and local school children are involved in the planting too. We are giving St Ronan's school an album so they can record their involvement with the wood as it grows over the years.
“Glen Diamond Wood is a lasting and meaningful way to celebrate the Queen's reign, and indeed the lives of all great women in public life, during her reign. Her Majesty has a great love of nature and can inspire all of us to value trees more.
“Woods are a brilliant way to absorb carbon dioxide emissions so this also helps the local area do its bit to combat climate change. We're very grateful to the Woodland Trust for taking such an imaginative and positive initiative".
Anyone wanting to get involved with the Jubilee Woods project, and perhaps plant their own tree, should visit the website at www.jubileewoods.org.uk
Sainsbury’s is the lead corporate sponsor for the Woodland Trust’s Jubilee Woods Project. Over fifteen months, Sainsbury’s will be supporting the project and raising £1.5 million for tree planting by increasing the number of donations made from products in store. Sainsbury’s will later this year also be giving customers the opportunity to make a ‘pledge’ in store to plant a tree to mark the Diamond Jubilee and promoting activity through the retailer’s Active Kids scheme, to encourage schools to plant trees.
Diamond partners IKEA, the Daily Mail, Biffa Award, the Forestry Commission, and CDENT (Country Durham Environmental Trust) have also generously supported the Jubilee Woods project.
Notes to Editors:
Sainsbury’s relationship with the Woodland Trust started in 2004 with Sainsbury’s currently donating 1p from every dozen Woodland eggs sold, 2p from Woodland chicken and 10p from Woodland turkeys to the Woodland Trust. This will extend to other products throughout the next 15 months.
Jubilee Woods is also supported by our Silver corporate sponsors Pearson Plc, ibuyeco, Calor Gas, Dorset Cereals, Marshalls Plc, The Wren Press, Hoval and DoubleTree by Hilton. For individuals, businesses or organisations who wish to sponsor the scheme please call 01476 581112 to find out more.
Jubilee Woods project www.jubileewoods.org.uk
The Trust is offering people the gem of a chance to be at the heart of the Queen's 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations, by planting trees for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The project will see:
• 60 Diamond Woods – Woods of over 60 acres being created across the UK.
• 100s of Jubilee Woods - Woods up to 20 acres. For advice on planting a Jubilee wood as part of the Jubilee Woods project, please contact the dedicated Woodland Creation team on 08452 935 689 or visit www.jubileewoods.org.uk
• 1000s of FREE community tree packs containing 105 or 420 native tree species, each containing a ‘royal oak’ sapling, grown from acorns collected on Royal Estates. Packs can be ordered for planting in autumn 2011 (closing date September), spring 2012 and autumn 2012.
• 1 million trees planted in gardens
For more information contact:
The Woodland Trust Scotland
<p><b>The Woodland Trust Scotland</b> is part of the UK’s leading charity championing native woods and trees. It has over 400,000 supporters. The Trust has three key aims: i) to plant native trees and woods with the aim of creating resilient landscapes for people and wildlife ii) to protect ancient woodland which is rare, unique and irreplaceable iii) restoration of damaged ancient woodland, allowing native flora and fauna to return.<br /> <br />Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,000 sites in its care covering approximately 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres). In 1984, the Trust acquired its first wood in Scotland. Today the Trust owns 80 sites across Scotland covering 8,750 hectares (20,000 acres). The charity has more than 400,000 supporters.</p><p>The Woodland Trust is a charity registered in Scotland (No SC038885) and in England and Wales (No 294344). A non-profit making company limited by guarantee. Registered in England No 1982873. Registered Office: Kempton Way, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6LL. The Woodland Trust logo is a registered trademark.</p>