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New wood is created

Volunteers have helped to create a new wood in their town.

The new woodland area was planted just off Galley Hill, Hemel Hempstead, at the end of March, to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

The tree-planting project was organised by Dacorum Borough Council along with The Woodland Trust and the Hemel Hempstead Conservation Volunteers.

The new Jubilee Wood is part of a national campaign by The Woodland Trust to plant six million trees across the UK in 2012, creating hundreds of new woodlands to mark the anniversary of the Queen’s reign.

The Hemel Hempstead wood has been made up of 50 English oaks and 50 wild cherry trees donated by The Woodland Trust.

Councillor Julie Laws, portfolio holder for environment and sustainability at the council, said: “I am delighted that we have a new local wood, which along with many other Jubilee Woods across the country, will help transform our landscape as well as providing a lasting a meaningful tribute to Her Majesty’s reign for many years to come.”

It is hoped the wood will attract new species into the area as it begins to grow naturally. The natural seeding process, from animals, birds and seeds carried in the wind, should also help to form new woodland.

Jubilee trees have been planted by celebrities all over the country for the campaign, including the Queen herself, Dermot O’Leary, the Blue Peter team and Clive Anderson.

A spokesperson for The Woodland Trust said: “We hope neighbours, communities, schools and families will come together to plant thousands of individual trees in their gardens, playgrounds and community spaces – each taking the chance to mark this special moment in history in a way that will stay with them forever.”


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