Queen's jubilee woods to be planted in Durham

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New woods are to be created in Durham to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

More than 200,000 trees will be planted at 10 sites in the county, including on 73 acres (29 hectares) between Quarrington Hill and Cassop.

It is part of the Woodland Trust charity's nationwide aim to plant about six million trees to mark the 2012 jubilee. The charity is trying to raise £60,000 towards the project locally.

Other sites for tree planting include Wheatley Hill, Ferryhill and Frankland.

A spokesman for the Woodland Trust said: "All the new woods will be planted on land owned by Durham County Council, including a number of reclaimed land sites, all of which will be transformed into flourishing native woods, providing habitats for birds and mammals."

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