Houghton House tree planting this year
We are delighted to confirm that Martson Vale have completed their tree planting for this year and the new community woodland now features over 35,000 trees. Work will soon start on adding a surfaced path to the woodland, which will make it more accessible to all visitors.
The most exciting news, fresh off the press, is that we can confirm the name of the new woodland – Queens Wood – which is perfect for so many reasons, not least the fact that it neighbours Kings Wood and is part of the Queen’s Green Canopy.
The Blu Building Consultants team planting trees at the new Queens Wood.
New 38-hectare Community Woodland as part of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee | The Forest of Marston Vale Trust
Forest of Marston Vale Trust and Woodland Trust link up to plant a new 38-hectare Community Woodland as part of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
A new 38-hectare woodland on a Community Forest in an historic Bedfordshire setting has been re-named “Queens Wood” and will help to serve as a fitting tribute for Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.
Teams from the Forest of Marston Vale Trust and the Woodland Trust were joined by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis at a naming event on Wednesday, 20 April to mark the launch of the new Queens Wood Community Woodland as part of the Forest of Marston Vale, a Community Forest stretching between Bedford and Milton Keynes.
The site on the Ampthill and Houghton Conquest border has been planted with more than 35,000 native trees and shrubs in the past two years, and another 13,000 will go in the ground next winter to complete planting.
The name “Queens Wood” was first suggested by local residents as part of the public consultation process in 2019, to reflect the area’s historic connection to Catherine of Aragon and its location adjacent to Kings Wood ancient woodland and site of special scientific interest (SSSI).
With support from HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis, the partnership has been granted permission to use the protected title “Queens Wood” by the Sovereign, acting on behalf of Her Ministers.
The new woodland is part of the Woodland Trust Platinum Jubilee Woods project to plant up to 70 woods of 70 acres UK-wide as a living tribute to Her Majesty, as part of the wider Queen’s Green Canopy initiative – a unique tree-planting initiative which is inviting people from across the UK to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’.