THOUSANDS of trees and shrubs are set to be planted on the Chatsworth estate to create a lush new wood commemorating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
More than 40,000 trees and shrubs will make up the 62-acre Diamond Wood on moorland next to the A619 road near Baslow, providing habitats for wildlife including endangered bird species.
The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire will plant the first trees, including varieties such as oak, ash and rowan, in November, alongside local schoolchildren.
The project is being organised by The Woodland Trust, Chatsworth and the Forestry Commission, as part of the trust’s Jubilee Woods scheme.
Funding for the woodland is being partly provided by the commission, which has offered a £155,000 grant.
Georgina McLeod, project director for Jubilee Woods, said working with the Devonshires was ‘an honour’.
“We’re delighted to help create a Diamond Wood at Chatsworth,” she said.
“The Duke and Duchess both have a great passion for trees and we hope by working together we can instil this passion in all who plant trees with us and visit the wood as it grows.”
David Bole, from the Forestry Commission, added: “By working with the Chatsworth estate we’re helping to create incredibly important habitats for birds like the willow warbler and lesser spotted woodpecker.
“The new Diamond Jubilee woodland will continue this investment in the future, while boosting the very low level of native tree cover in the Peak District.”
Around six million trees are being planted to across the country to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.
Schools and community groups are also able to apply for free ‘tree packs’ to plant in public places.
The planting at Chatsworth adds to work already carried out on the estate to fill moorland with trees - 40 hectares of woodland were planted three years ago on an area known as The Warren.
At the time, it was the largest tree-planting exercise at the Peak District beauty spot for over 90 years.
Most of the funding for the woods is being provided by supermarket firm Sainsbury’s, which has pledged to raise £1.5 million over the next 15 months.
Later this year, customers will be given the chance to make pledges in store to help add to the cash total.
Visit www.jubileewoods.org.uk for more information or to apply for free trees to plant in the spring.