Woodlands legacy of the Jubilee for East Lancashire
AREAS of East Lancashire are in line for a woodland boost.
Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale and Chorley have all been earmarked for hundreds of trees as part of a plan to bring a lasting green legacy of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in Lanacashire.
Several Jubilee Woodlands are being planned at sites across the region and a flagship site, which will be called the Diamond Jubilee Wood, is currently being selected.
In total, more than 100,000 trees will be planted under the scheme.
The planting will be funded with grants from the Forestry Commission as part of the national policy to promote the creation of woods and forests for public benefit.
The sites are designed to maximise biodiversity in Lancashire and encourage species like bees to flourish in the region.
As well as planting on its own land, Lancashire County Council is also looking for both public and private landowners to host woodlands.
Representatives from district, parish and town councils, and other interested parties will also have the opportunity to be involved.
County Councillor Michael Green, cabinet member for economic development, environment and planning, said: “To dedicate those woodlands planted in 2012 as a permanent and lasting legacy of Her Majesty's reign will be a fitting tribute durin g the Diamond Jubilee year.”
Commemorative plaques will also be unveiled on the sites in recognition of the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.
To find out more about the scheme visit the Woodland for Waste page on the Lancashire County Council website at www.lancashire.gov.uk