Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood - overview
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This wonderful new woodland, planted to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012, will delight and engage you with its range of habitats and interesting features.
Located in Leicestershire near the village of Normanton le Heath, as it matures the 460-acre site will merge with existing woods to form the largest continuous woodland under single ownership in the National Forest - a 200 square-mile area of woodland habitats in the heart of England.
Trails through the trees
Follow the trails through newly planted trees and explore the 17 acres of ancient woodland which will delight you with wonderful displays of bluebells and wood anemones in the spring.
Brush up on your wildlife spotting skills at the bird hide and pond dipping platform or wander down to the open areas where ground-nesting birds such as skylarks can be found. To the east of the site the lake is home to mute swans, little grebes, tufted ducks, terns and mallards; while many other bird species make this a bird watcher's paradise.
Butterflies abound in spring and summer in existing woodland and nearby clearings, and you may even see a deer if you’re lucky. And if you fancy a spot of history, art, photography or archaeology, there are a number of fabulous features on the site which will whet your appetite.
Woods within woods
Look out for two specially-named woodland areas: The Daily Mail Wood, planted on behalf of their readers'; and a 10-hectare block sponsored by Sainsbury's which contains the Paralympic Grove planted in honour of the 2012 Paralympic Games.
Space to roam
The sheer size of the place gives you space to roam and find peace and quiet if you want it. Choose one of the many paths or waymarked trails and take a rest at the benches which have been located at key points to take in the views.
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