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FOCUS: Jubilee Woods by Anna Stassen of www.sakurajewellery.com


There is a small patch of woods at the end of our garden of which we have become


custodians,


and I often look out and feel a strong sense of wonderment at the wildlife and ancient trees that inhabit this magical little patch of nature. It is, therefore, deeply saddening to discover that the UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe, thanks to a decline in the planting of native trees; a trend that the Woodland Trust hopes to reverse.


The Woodland Trust, established in 1972, is the UK’s leading charity championing native woods and trees. For the past 40 years, the Woodland Trust has been working to enable the creation of more native woods, protect existing


native


woods and their wildlife for the 72 | ukhandmade | Summer 2012


This year, in celebration of the


Queen's historic 2012 Diamond Jubilee, the Woodland Trust has set up the Jubilee Woods project. The project involves encouraging people from across the UK to come together and plant six million trees to create hundreds of Jubilee Woods, as well as 60 special Diamond Woods (one for each year of her Majesty’s reign). As at the end of February 2012, over 1 million trees have already been planted!


The beauty of the Jubilee Woods project is that it will transform the landscape of the UK in just one generation thus serving as a legacy for future generations to enjoy and cherish. As part of the project, the


future and inspire everyone to enjoy and value woods and trees.


Woodland Trust has an exciting new flagship Diamond Wood in the heart of The National Forest in Leicestershire, which is a haven for wildlife and stands as a natural monument to Her Majesty.


You can get involved in the Jubilee Project and mark this historic occasion, in a way that will stand the test of time, by planting trees in your own garden or attending a tree planting event in your local community spaces (schools and community groups can apply for free tree packs to help their local communities get involved in the celebration).


To find the perfect tree to plant in your own garden, have a browse through the Jubilee trees range -


I opted for a rather lovely Crab


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