New wood plans for Queen’s jubilee

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ST Andrews Community Council is joining with tens of thousands of people from all over the United Kingdom to take part in a project in celebration of The Queen’s diamond jubilee.

In conjunction with Fife Council and the Woodland Trust, the community organisation is proposing to plant a Jubilee Wood on land on the western approaches to the university town, between the town cemetery and the Kinness Burn.

Thanks to the sterling efforts of an army of personnel from St Andrews Links Trust — generously organised through Gordon Moir, its director of greenkeeping — the site has been cleared in preparation for the tree planting programme on Saint Andrew’s Day on November 30.

Community council spokesman Henry Paul said: ”We have been given 420 mixed sapling trees, grown in one of the Royal nurseries, to be planted.

“We will invite schools to ask their eco-clubs to assist and it would be great if university students and staff could join us to make it a real town and gown occasion. However, anyone wanting to plant a tree can come along and help.”

Across the UK it is intended to plant a total of six million trees, creating hundreds of woods and Jubilee copses. In addition, 60 special Diamond Woods of at least 60 acres will also be planted, each representing a year of The Queen’s reign.

PROJECT

Patron of the ambitious project is Princess Anne and it is hoped it will lead to the creation of hundreds of new woods to transform the country’s landscape in a generation and make a real and meaningful difference for many years to come.

Anyone interested in taking part in the community council programme or requiring more information should contact Henry Paul at henrythenav@hotmail.com or telephone 07977 131635.