Gardeners urged to become 'one in a million'
17 February 2012
Gardeners, communities and landowners across the country are planting a million trees this month in honour of the 60th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne, as part of the Woodland Trust's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The trees are the first of a total of six million that the Trust is planning to plant to mark the Jubilee. More than 7,500 schools and 2,000 communities are getting free tree packs containing hundreds of saplings such as rowan, ash or crab apple chosen for specific purposes such as wildlife, year-round colour or wild harvest.
Planting is also starting in 200 hectares (500 acres) of new woodlands as landowners begin work on creating hundreds of smaller Jubilee Woods and 60 24-hectare (60-acre) Diamond Woods, including a flagship woodland on the site of a former open-cast mine in the heart of the National Forest in Leicestershire.
Individual gardeners can also play their part by buying and planting a tree, even if it's in a container on a patio or balcony, as individual trees will also count towards the one-million target. Details of each tree can be added to the Royal Record, a list of trees planted in 1936 and 1937 to mark the coronation of King George VI. A copy of the new 21st-century Record, with exact details of who planted the tree, which species and where will be presented to Buckingham Palace at the end of the year.
'Everyone can get involved in February and become one in a million,' said the Woodland Trust's Georgina McLeod, who is coordinating the project. 'Planting six million trees improves the environment for people and wildlife for the next 60 years and beyond.'
You can register your tree, search the 1930s Royal Record, and find advice on which trees to buy for your garden on the Jubilee Woods website.