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NEWS RELEASE No: 1539030 MARCH 2012

Plant a tree for the future at Whinlatter Forest this Easter

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Planting broadleaves on a new native woodland site

Volunteers are being sought to help restore a native woodland in Cumbria.

The Forestry Commission team at Whinlatter is running a family tree-planting day between 11am and 3pm next Thursday, 5 April, as part of work to restore the Masmill Oakwoods in Whinlatter Forest, near Keswick.

Masmill Oakwoods is a woodland that is being transformed by the Friends of Whinlatter. Conifer trees are being replaced with native broadleaf trees, and this broadleaf planting will encourage the return of a rich variety of woodland animals and plants such as wood sorrel, bird cherry, dog violet and bilberry.

The trees for the planting day have been provided by the Woodland Trust as part of its Jubilee Woods project, which aims to plant six million trees by the end of the year.

Sally Burchall of the Forestry Commission said:

“The tree planting session is a fantastic way for people to leave a legacy that will have a positive impact on the environment of the wonderful north Lakes landscape.

“The trees are native species that will improve the biodiversity of Whinlatter, provide a habitat for wildlife, and help protect the water quality of Bassenthwaite Lake.”

People who would like to join in should park at Noble Knott car park on Whinlatter Pass and follow the signs to the tree planting site. There is no need to book, and people can stay for the whole session or just plant one or two trees if they prefer. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear.

The work to restore Masmill Oakwoods was started by the Bassenthwaite Reflections project, which ran from 2007 to 2011 to improve the water quality of Bassenthwaite Lake. It is being continued by the Friends of Whinlatter group, working closely with the Forestry Commission team at Whinlatter.

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  1. The Forestry Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in Britain, with responsibility for more than one million hectares (2.4 million acres) of forest, woodlands and open countryside. Its North England Forest District looks after public forests in Cumbria, the Lancashire, Northumbria, Tyne & Wear and County Durham. The forests are managed for conservation, wildlife, landscape and recreation as well as providing a valuable source of timber.
  2. The Friends of Whinlatter are a group of volunteers who work with the Forestry Commission at Whinlatter on a variety of projects, including red squirrel conservation, mountain bike trail maintenance and events management.  For more information about the group, including details of forthcoming volunteer days, go to and click on the volunteering link.
  3. The Woodland Trust’s Jubilee Woods project has The Queen's support and  The Princess Royal is its patron. It commemorates the Diamond Jubilee celebration of the Queen's 60th year as monarch. The Woodland Trust is a leading woodland conservation charity. It has 300,000 members and supporters. Visit for more details.
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