The Woodland Trust’s Jubilee Woods project aimed to plant six million trees in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee, creating beautiful new woodland as a lasting legacy. Sixty woods were created across the country, with the University donating land on two sites near Sutton Bonington.
The University of Nottingham’s Diamond Wood totals around 26 hectares and was created during winter with help from students, staff and the local community - including children from Sutton Bonington Primary School.
View photos from the Community Planting Day held in December 2012.
A Royal Celebration
On 26 March 2013 Chris Jagger Chief Estates & Facilities Officer and Sharon Clancy Head of Community Partnerships, attended a celebration evening at Buckingham Palace - along with representatives from the other 60 Diamond Woods. The flagship event was hosted by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, patron of the Woodland Trust.
After the celebration event, Sharon Clancy said: “I was very proud to be asked to attend the event as it gave me an opportunity to talk to other people across the country involved in the Jubilee Woods project and to be part of something making a positive environmental impact.”
Chris Jagger commented that the University’s Diamond Wood is the only one located in the Nottingham area.
The Woodland Trust envisages that by everyone working together, a living Jubilee legacy has been created which will thrive for the next 60 years and beyond. The newly planted trees are part of a bigger vision to create productive landscapes where wildlife and people flourish.