Diamond Jubilee Wood gets go ahead
The creation of a brand new wood celebrating the Queens Diamond Jubilee has moved one step closer after the final piece of land required was purchased by the Woodland Trust.
The flagship Diamond Wood will be a 460 acre woodland lying between Normanton le Heath, Ravenstone and Heather in the heart of The National Forest. It will be the pinnacle of the trust’s woodland growth project which has the aim of encouraging tree planting by future generations.
This latest acquisition, close to Packington in Leicestershire, was part of a number of missing pieces of the jigsaw allowing the project to go ahead. The 188.09 acre site was acquired from UK Coal, and was marketed by chartered surveyors Fisher German and Smiths Gore.
The land already includes a large lake providing a habitat for wading birds and wetland species as well as 17 acres of beautiful ancient woodland; it is hoped to add 300,000 trees to this to create a fantastic growing national monument fit for Queen and Country.
David Smith, Head of Land and Property at the Woodland Trust, comments on the essential work carried out in order to prepare for the creation of this iconic wood.
“David Merton of Fisher German provided invaluable help in assembling the site which makes up our Flagship Jubilee Wood, in the heart of Leicestershire. We needed to acquire land, off market, from three different owners which involved delicate negotiations, land swaps, dealing with sitting tenants and varying a minerals planning consent. Without David’s help in brokering various deals we would not have assembled the site in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, if at all.”
Owen Michaelson Managing Director of Harworth Estates the Property Division of UK Coal comments “We always take pride in the restoration of our former surface mines and try to ensure that they provide a lasting legacy for the local community. The Diamond Wood is a fantastic legacy for this site which I hope will provide enjoyment and benefits for all our descendants for many years.”
The Jubilee Woods project aims to plant 6 million trees across the UK in 2012, involving millions of people. This will include 60 – 60 acre Diamond Woods, of which the site in the National Forest is the flagship. 100s of Jubilee Woods of over an acre and thousands of trees planted through free tree packs for schools and communities.
For further information, please visit www.jubileewoods.org.uk. For further details about the land purchased to create the wood, please contact David Merton at Fisher German on 01530 410806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.