The Woodland Trust Scotland hosted a reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse with HRH The Princess Royal on Monday 22 October to celebrate the charity's Jubilee Woods project.
Through this project six million trees will be planted across the UK to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and a wide range of private landowners, public bodies and charities have joined this effort by creating woods on their land with advice and support from the Trust. Patron HRH The Princess Royal presented representatives of the 20 Diamond Woods and three Princess Woods in Scotland, each of which is more than 60 acres in size, with a framed certificate.
Carol Evans, Director of Woodland Trust Scotland said: "The Jubilee Woods project is incredibly special. I’m really pleased that so many Scottish landowners have been involved in creating new woods for future generations to enjoy. Each wood will make a big difference to the local environment, and provide a lasting tribute to Her Majesty the Queen.”
Mark Gibson, the owner of Craigengillan Estate has created five woods on his land through the project. He said: “The experience was great from start to finish. The Woodland Trust Scotland was encouraging, practical and helpful with every aspect of the woodland creation here, including site and species selection, design, and the actual planting.
"Best of all, they were very good at involving the pupils and staff of five local schools in tree planting, creating an exciting inspiration for local children."
More information about the Jubilee Woods project is available at www.jubileewoods.org.uk.