Princess Anne to plant first tree of Burghley jubilee wood

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PRINCESS Anne will plant the first tree of a jubilee wood.

The Princess Royal will be at Burghley House on Monday, October 10 to kick off the Diamond Wood project celebrating the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

The Burghley House Preservation Trust and the Woodland Trust have drawn up plans for the new woodland on the site, which will span 60 acres and see more than 23,650 trees planted across the estate.

The project is one of 60 around the country and will include woodland blocks and a continuation of the tree lined avenues.

Burghley house director Miranda Rock said: ”We are delighted that Burghley has been chosen to be one of the Diamond Jubilee woods.

“This 50 acre site will be a very important addition to our aims to preserve and regenerate the historic landscape of this great estate and also an important timber resource for the future.”

The plans will see public planting events, with the local community and schools getting involved in landscape conservation.

Miranda added: “The jubilee wood will provide an enduring natural habitat for wildlife, with open areas providing foraging habitat for barn owls and skylarks and the high shrub element to encourage bullfinch foraging.

“It is a great honour that HRH Princess Anne will be here to plant the first of these trees, a wild service tree that has been grown on from seed on the estate.”