Diamond celebrations go green

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LANDOWNERS and residents in Northumberland have been invited to bring a green theme to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The Woodland Trust has set up the Jubilee Wood Project to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne in 2012.

The scheme, which has the Queen’s support and The Princess Royal as patron, aims to plant six million trees across the UK, involving millions of people.

Sixty Diamond Woods, each of 60 acres, will be created, along with hundreds of smaller woods, and thousands of free tree packs will be available for schools and community groups.

The tree planting will take place from autumn this year until late 2012 and aims to involve 10 per cent of the population.

The trust is looking for support from landowners to plant a wood in their grounds.

Project leader Georgina McLeod said: “We very much hope that people across the UK will want to join us in paying a very special tribute to the Queen, while at the same time creating something living and lasting to hand on to future generations.”

Communities and schools can apply now for their free tree packs. For further information visit www.moretreesmoregood.org.uk/jubilee

Businesses wishing to sponsor the scheme should call 01476 581112.