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Diamond Jubilee Trees! Deadline 7th September!

(August 12, 2012)

The Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  Here at The Tree Council, we have been planning our own contribution and we are turning to our Tree Wardens as the most appropriate people to lead for us in their communities.

You may know that the Princess Elizabeth was proclaimed Queen immediately on her father’s death on 6th  February 1952: her coronation as monarch took place on 2nd June 1953.  Our aspiration is to mark the Diamond Jubilee milestone during National Tree Week 2012, which falls between the anniversary of the accession and coronation, with 60 Diamond Jubilee Trees.  We will supply these large trees, with commemorative plaques, to Tree Wardens to plant at the centre of their communities across the UK; they will stand testament to the achievement of both monarch and people during the first 60 years of Her Majesty’s reign.

We hope to generate the impetus for Tree Wardens, working with the children from their local communities, to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in a way that will allow us to offer something more than the fact of having planted 60 big trees.  We want you to document the process, the people and the planting with photographs and some text that lets the reader, next year or 60 years hence, know what went on.  It’s that evidence that we want to assemble and formally present to Her Majesty.  

You may choose to look back at what happened in your community during 1952-3 and bring those who can talk about it together with the generation who will talk about this Jubilee; you may find some other way of bringing everyone together.  

Please visit our website at www.treecouncil.org.uk/tree-wardens/coordinator-toolkit/jubilee-diamond-trees for an application form and give it some thought.  Whatever you decide to do, let us have your submission by 17.00hrs on 7th September and we will let you know soon afterwards if you have been successful.


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Monkmead Wood's historical past
Monkmead Wood is a site rich in history.  From a Roman Road which disects the site, to its connections with World War 2, it's a fascinating place and home to many species of wildlife too.
 
At just under 28.5 acres it can boast both wet and dry heathlands, a SSSI and varied broadleaf deciduous tree species (some of which are featured on this site). 
 
Some clues as to the woodland's past ownership are still visible today.  Ornamental tree planting of huge pines are thought to have been planted by the owners of Monkmead Place, a large residential house opposite the woodland, back in 18th or 19th Century.

Remains of the Candian Army camp from World War 2 are visible throughout the woodland even today, these range from ceramic telephone lines to brick foundations from administration buildings.  

The woodland itself is owned by Horsham District Council and it has been working closely with MWVG for the past 7 years to continue to preserve this site for many generations to come. 
 
One of the tasts that the volunteer group are involved in every year is heathland preservation.  Although the group spend many hours removing birch saplings which had colonised the area, some mature trees are a vital component of the heathland as song posts for birds and homes for insects.  If the encroachment of birch was not kept under control their coverage of the heathland would reduce the light reaching the woodland floor and seriously affect the conditions required for heathland species making it difficult for them to re-establish in the area.
 
The next time you're walking in the woodland see if you can spot those ceramic phone lines from World War 2!