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NEWS RELEASE No: 1561923 AUGUST 2012

A Diamond Wood fit for The Queen in Derbyshire

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A beautiful new wood is to be planted on the Chatsworth Estate later this year to mark Her Majesty's 60 glorious years on the throne.

The Woodland Trust, Chatsworth Estate and the Forestry Commission have linked-up to create a 25 hectare (62 acre) ‘Diamond Wood’ on the Estate as part of the Trust’s Jubilee Woods Project – the first in Derbyshire.

The project will be backed with a £155,000 grant from the Forestry Commission as part of its on-going work with the Chatsworth Estate to create habitats to halt the decline in vulnerable woodland bird species.

Over 40,000 trees and shrubs will be planted on moorland adjacent to the A619 road leading to Baslow during the autumn and winter.  This new planting will also provide ideal habitat for native fauna.

The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire will plant the first trees in November with local school children also being invited to take part in planting trees like oak, ash and rowan.

Georgina McLeod, Jubilee Woods Project Director, said:

“To be able to work with the Duke of Devonshire is an honour and we’re delighted to help create a Diamond Wood at Chatsworth. They 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.”

The Duke of Devonshire said 

"The area chosen for the wood is significant as it will help continue the Estate’s ‘woodland for birds’ project in partnership with the Forestry Commission, which has seen thousands of trees planted with the sole aim of encouraging a number of woodland bird species to re-establish following years of decline in the region. The planting also continues work on the Estate to plant up areas of moorland with trees, 40 hectares of woodland was created on ‘The Warren’ in 2009.

David Bole, Forestry Commission Partnership and Expertise Manager, added:

“Working with the Chatsworth Estate we are helping to create incredibly important habitats for birds like willow warbler and lesser spotted woodpecker.  The new Diamond Jubilee woodland will continue this wonderful investment in the future, whilst also boosting the very low levels of native tree cover in the Peak District.   The Jubilee Woods Project is an excellent initiative which will see 6 million trees planted across the country.”

In total 60 Diamond Woods of 60 acres are being created nationally along with hundreds of smaller ‘Jubilee Woods’. Schools and communities are also able to apply for free tree packs to plant in public spaces.

Sainsbury’s is the lead corporate sponsor for the Woodland Trust’s Jubilee Woods Project. Over the next 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. Jubilee Woods is also generously supported by Diamond sponsors IKEA and Biffa Award.

To find out more about the project or apply for free trees to plant in the spring go to

Notes to editors

  1. The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading charity championing native woods and trees. It has 300,000 members and supporters.
  2. Forestry Commission England is the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.  To find out more got to

For further information contact

Woodland Trust press office on 01476 581121 or email

Forestry Commission press officer Richard Darn on 0775 367 0038 or email