The Woodland Trust’s Jubilee Woods project aimed to plant 6 million trees in honour of the Her Majesty The Queen’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee, creating beautiful new woodland as a lasting legacy.
Thanks to the support of millions of people – landowners, sponsors, communities, schools and individuals – we reached our target, with project Patron HRH The Princess Royal planting the 6 millionth tree with Prime Minister David Cameron at Ashburnham School in Chelsea. By working together we planted over 5,000 hectares, including:
- 60 prestigious Diamond Woods (at least 60 acres in size, each marking a year of The Queen’s reign)
- 8 magnificent Princess Woods
- Hundreds of smaller Jubilee Woods
- Over 3,500 commemorative community copses
- Over 40,000 school copses and hedges
- Thousands of special garden trees
- Plus our own 460 acre Flagship wood – The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood
Thank you to everyone who supported us – we couldn’t have done it without you.
A meaningful legacy – what has been achieved
Jubilee Woods did more than mark an historic occasion. These trees are part of a bigger vision to create productive landscapes where wildlife and people flourish.
The UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe, with only 13 per cent woodland cover. With only 12,000 hectares planted in 2012, our 5,000 hectares are a significant contribution. In England, the Jubilee Woods project helped prevent woodland coverage from tipping into decline.
The average size of a Diamond Wood is 87 acres – big enough to change the landscape and develop a “central core” area well-protected from neighbouring land use, providing a real refuge for wildlife.
Many of the woods planted under the project either join existing woods (creating bigger blocks), or help connect smaller woods together, extending habitats and making it easier for species to travel. In our towns and cities, garden trees, community plantings and school copses all make a difference – providing stepping stones for wildlife, cleaner air and special places for people to cherish.
Planting trees is as important as ever
Jubilee Woods is an achievement we are extremely proud of but our work is far from done. These are troubling times for our trees and woods. Chlara ash dieback has reached our shores, while other pests and diseases threaten our native woods. We need to keep planting trees and protecting the woods we have, creating landscapes with healthy ecosystems and space for people.
We’ve proved what a difference we can make when we work together – help us ensure our trees and woods thrive for the next 60 years and for generations to come.