the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire planted the first of 40,000 trees to form a new woodland on the Chatsworth Estate.
They also unveiled a plaque to mark the start of the planting work, which will eventually see a new mixed species wood on their land, which will be known as Chatsworth Diamond Wood.
They chose to plant an oak tree at a ceremony to celebrate the creation of the 25- hectare woodland. The Duke and Duchess joined representatives from the Woodland Trust and Forestry Commission at the event.
The Woodland Trust, Chatsworth Estate and Forestry Commission are behind the new wood – one of 60 to be created across the UK to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The project is backed with a £155,000 Forestry Commission grant as part of its ongoing work with Chatsworth to create habitats to halt the decline in vulnerable woodland bird species.
The wood will be planted on moorland next to the A619 road leading to Baslow.
The Duke said: “I am very proud Chatsworth is one of 60 sites in the UK, and the only Diamond woodland in Derbyshire, to mark Her Majesty’s remarkable jubilee year with 60 acres of new woodland.
“Our work over the coming 10 years will prime the canvas for future generations living and working at Chatsworth to develop a rich, productive and diverse native woodland.”