Royal oak for new Dane Valley Diamond woodlands
This is an archived press release
Thursday 15 November 2012
A royal oak sapling will be planted in the Dane Valley in the Peak District National Park as part of a programme of woodland creation to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.
The Woodland Trust is donating royal saplings grown from acorns gathered on one of the Queen’s estates to new woodlands started in 2012. The new Dane Valley Diamond Jubilee woodland, on land owned by the Peak District National Park Authority and private landowners, will be one of them.
It is part of a wider 70-hectare enhancement programme for some of the UK’s most ancient birch and oak woodlands which date back to the 17th-century. The area straddles the Cheshire/Staffordshire border.
Co-ordinated by the National Park Authority, the project has just won £65,000 support from SITA Trust, which distributes money from the Landfill Communities Fund.
The money will help pay for fencing to keep out cattle, sheep and deer, enabling the woodlands to regenerate or develop more successfully.
The whole Dane Valley woodland improvement project involves more than 20 private landowners along the River Dane and its tributaries, as well as volunteers and schoolchildren from Wincle, Bosley and Heaton.
National park ecologist Rebekah Newman said: “We are tremendously grateful to SITA Trust, without whose contribution woodland conservation would not be viable. And we also want to thank the Woodland Trust, whose royal oak sapling will make the new woodland extra-special.”
The royal oak sapling will be accompanied by a plaque and certificate and will be included the online Royal Record of celebration trees.
Planting, by private contractors and land-managers, will be starting soon, and will take place through the winter planting seasons this year and next.
The project has also received £65,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as funding support from the Forestry Commission and Natural England. This money is helping towards not only tree-work but involving local communities in conservation and survey work, and in creating an oral history of the woodlands.