Queen's jubilee woods created in Waltham St Lawrence

A jubilee wood is being created in a Berkshire village to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Council-owned land has been set aside for the new wood at Shurlock Row in Waltham St Lawrence.

More than 6,400 saplings will be planted on the 13-acre site which will also feature walkways and seating.

It is part of the Woodland Trust charity's nationwide aim to plant about six million trees to mark the 2012 jubilee.

The council said it purchased the land, which is currently used for grazing, in 2009 to prevent the development of an illegal travellers' site.

Councillor Simon Dudley said: "This grassland site will allow us to provide a wonderful new amenity for borough residents.

"It is an ideal way of ensuring the Royal Borough benefits from a jubilee wood that local people will enjoy for generations to come."

One acre of the site will be retained by the authority in case it is suitable for an extension to the adjacent settled travellers' site.

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