People wanted for Woodland Jubilee scheme

THE WOODLAND Trust Scotland is looking for local volunteers to support two schemes, one of which will help mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The conservation charity is asking for the support of volunteers to help achieve its ambition of doubling native tree cover across Scotland.

By sharing knowledge of trees and woodland creation, volunteers will inspire and advise individuals and groups who are considering creating new native woodland.

The trust has created a whole package of tree-planting assistance enabling community groups, farmers and other landowners to plant trees creating woodland habitats essential to wildlife. The package includes practical tree planting advice, including advice on how to access the current favourable tree planting grants through the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP).

Andrew Campbell, the trust’s senior advice and partnerships manager, said: “We’ve had a really encouraging response from people who are keen to plant more trees on their land for all sorts of reasons.

“We’re now hoping to enlist the support of volunteers who could actively engage with community groups through providing advice and encouragement on tree planting supporting the work of our woodland creation advisers.”

Volunteer tasks may include following up e-mails or telephone calls from would-be tree planters, visiting proposed sites, providing tree planting advice and monitoring the success of planting.

A one-day induction will take place in April, while ongoing support is available from the trust’s woodland creation team.

Further information is available by contacting Rowena Grew on 0845 293 5872 or e-mailing rowenagrew@woodlandtrust.org.uk

Angus community groups and schools are also being encouraged to form their own sustainable commemoration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by planting trees to celebrate her 60 years on the throne.

The project, which has The Queen’s support and HRH The Princess Royal as patron, aims to plant six million trees across the UK and involve millions of people.

The Woodland Trust will be providing thousands of free Jubilee Tree packs to communities and schools across the country. Tree planting will begin in the autumn 2011 and continue until the close of 2012 - the Queen’s jubilee year - involving a planned 10 per cent of the population.

Carol Evans, Woodland Trust Scotland director, said: “We can only make this exciting and ambitious project successful with everyone’s help. We want to give people from across Scotland the chance to plant trees and we’re appealing to our supporters; individuals, organisations and businesses, to help make this happen.

“It is not just about marking the Queen’s Jubilee, planting woods will help create valuable habitats for endangered species. Research by the Woodland Trust has shown that new woodland provides habitats for several red listed bird species and is a valuable tool for promoting diversity.”

As well as free tree packs for communities, the trust will create 60 special Diamond Woods – each a minimum of 60 acres - with hundreds of smaller Jubilee Woods also being planted. In Scotland, the trust is now looking for landowners of all kinds to plant a Diamond or Jubilee Wood on their own land.

Communities and schools can apply now for their free tree packs at www.moretreesmoregood.org.uk/jubilee