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Royal Woodland planting in Derbyshire

Autumn forest scene Photo: PA

A new woodland will be planted today in Derbyshire, to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

As part of the Jubilee celebrations, 60 Diamond Woodlands are being planted across the country, including this one in Findern, Derbyshire, as well as hundreds of Jubilee woods.

Findern, the site of the new Diamond Woodland Credit: Google maps

Local Brownies, volunteers from the Findern Footpaths Group and members of the Canal and River Trust will help to plant 1500 trees alongside the Trent and Mersey Canal.

They will be mainly rowan, crab apple, and wild cherry, given to the local community by the Woodland Trust and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

Autumn forest Credit: PA

Although the Jubilee celebrations were in the summer, now is the best time of year to plant trees.

Tom Freeland, volunteer coordinator with the Canal & River Trust said:

"It's fantastic to see members of the local community of all ages come together to improve their local environment. This woodland will help to make the canal an even more special place to visit and improve habitats for a wide range of birds and bugs that live close to the canal."

– Tom Freeland, volunteer coordinator with the Canal & River Trust
Woodland walk Credit: PA

The flagship Diamond Woodland is planned for the heart of the National Forest in Leicestershire. There are plans to plant 300,000 trees over the next three years. By 2024, they will have matured and created an area of outstanding natural beauty.

The planned site is 460 acres and planting will begin in mid-November.

National Forest Diamond Woodland Credit: ITV Central