North East Lincolnshire sites to become Diamond Jubilee Wood

Five sites in North East Lincolnshire are to be converted into woodland to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Cleethorpes' Buck Beck, Freshney and Westwood Ho in Grimsby, and Spring Street and Coomb Briggs in Immingham will be transformed.

A total of 60 acres (25 hectares) of woodland will be created.

The combined woodland sites will be part of 60 Diamond Woods in the UK, which are intended to represent one for each year of the Queen's reign.

North East Lincolnshire Council said it was "very pleased" the sites had been chosen.

Mike Sleight, the ecology officer at the council, said the woodland would also act as flood defences at Westward Ho and Buck Beck.

Work on the creation of the green spaces is expected to start in November and will cost about £100,000.

The council said it was hoping to involve volunteers and community groups to create and transform the woodland.

Councillor Alex Wallace said: "The woodlands will be a lasting legacy for the people of North East Lincolnshire and visitors to enjoy.

"We will be holding tree planting events all through the winter months of 2012 and 2013 and everybody is welcome to take part. We will also be approaching clubs, schools and groups so they can have their own tree planting event."

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