Youngsters from three schools got to grips with spades to help English Heritage plant some of the 20,000 trees that will create a new Diamond Jubilee Wood in Wrest Park’s magnificent historic landscape.
Thanks to funding from the Rural Development Programme for English Woodlands Grant Scheme, Wrest Park was chosen as the location for one of 60 special Diamond Woods around the country - as part of the Woodland Trust’s Jubilee Wood Project.
On Tuesday pupils from schools, including Greenfield and Silsoe Lower Schools, helped plant some of the trees.
Director of Woodland Creation at Woodland Trust John Tucker said: “The Jubilee Woods Project has been incredibly successful in creating links with landowners like English Heritage to help us towards our aim of increasing native woodland cover across the country.
“It’s also great to get children out planting trees, hopefully providing them with an experience they will remember forever.”
Planting started in December to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s historic Diamond Jubilee and with the help of local schools and volunteers, and should be completed before Wrest Park opens on a daily basis for the new season at Easter.
Wrest Park’s small garden team relies on the help of 30 volunteers as well as six apprentice gardeners to help manage the historic 90-acre Grade I registered grounds.