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This large, newly planted woodland is the flagship site of The Jubilee Woods project which aimed to create 60 new woods of 60 acres or more in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. There’s plenty to see and explore already, and much more to come.
Located at the heart of the National Forest in Leicestershire this is the flagship site for the Jubilee Woods Project which included the creation of 60 woods of 60 acres or more to provide a living celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s historic 2012 Diamond Jubilee.
There is plenty to explore as the new wood grows to protect and link up existing habitats. Follow the trails through newly planted trees, explore ancient woodland, and brush up on your wildlife spotting skills at the bird hide and pond dipping platform
Once mature, the 460-acre wood will join with existing woods to form the largest continuous woodland under single ownership in The National Forest.
To the east of the site is a lake, and in the north are 17 acres of ancient woodland which delight the visitor with wonderful displays of bluebells and wood anemones in the spring. Ground-nesting birds such as skylarks can be found in open areas, while butterflies and insects are abundant in existing woodland and nearby clearings.
This wood is already a great place to visit with many areas of interest to delight the visitor, and once the planting is complete and all the planned design elements are finished, the site will be literally Fit for a Queen.
Get out into the wood and hunt for our caches. Collect the stamps as you go. can you find them all?
The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood lies in the heart of the National Forest in north-west Leicestershire, 15 miles from Leicester, four miles from Ashby de la Zouch, seven miles from Coalville, and close to the village of Normanton le Heath.
OS Explorer 233 and 245, Landranger 129 and 140, SK390132.
There are several routes running through and around the wood, linking it to surrounding woodland including Springfield Wood and Normanton Wood. At the time of writing these are unsurfaced, but there are plans to create waymarked trails with full access for wheelchair and pushchair users. You will also find benches at key points around the site where you can take in views of the woodland.
Several buses run from Leicester to Coalville and the number 9A bus runs from Memorial Square in Coalville to Ravenstone, opposite Beech Avenue (on Ashby Road).
There are no nearby train stations.
For further information on public, contract Traveline or call 0871 200 2233.
From Leicester travel west along the A50, and go through five roundabouts. At the sixth roundabout (M1 junction) take the third exit on to the A511, then continue through one roundabout. After 1.5 miles take a slight left onto the B585 (Beveridge Lane) and continue on Beveridge Lane. At the roundabout take the second exit onto Whitehill Road, then at the next roundabout take the first exit onto Ibstock Road. Continue on to Leicester Road.
At the roundabout take the second exit on to Ashby Road and continue on to Pisca Lane. At the roundabout, take the second exit on to Ravenstone Road, then turn left on to Normanton Lane. Continue on to Heather Lane, where you will find the car park on your right with space for 53 cars.
If coming from the M1, junction 22, take the A511 towards Coalville, then the first turning at the roundabout for the A447 (south). After approx. 2.5 miles you will approach Ibstock. Take a right turn towards Normanton le Heath into Pisca Lane, then continue as above.
If coming from the west/north on the A42, take the A511 towards Coalville. Just before Coalville take the A447 (south) and continue as above.
There are two coach pull-in bays off Heather Lane between the villages of Heather and Normanton le Heath which is locked each evening.