Woodlands chosen for Heritage Status

Lake District woods among 70 designated heritage sites for the Platinum Jubilee



The highlight of the month has been the exciting news that the woodland the Lake District Council proposed for one of the 70 to be part of the Queen’s Heritage Woodland was chosen.  We had been given advanced notice and received a media pack to help us prepare, but needed to wait for the official announcement.  

HRH Prince Charles launched the scheme at the end of April and the official announcement was made on Sunday 1st May.  The Council prepared a press release, with a quote from me, so I found myself the focus of enquiries.  Several local papers ran articles on the news, and the local BBC radio station was soon in touch for an interview.

I was asked if I would do a live piece.  I wasn’t sure about that, and prepared to pre-record a piece.  The team from the BBC met me at the woodland, and we spent an afternoon recording the piece, with the sounds of the woodland as the backdrop.  I liked that; it felt more natural, with bird song rather than being in a studio.  I was surprised that all of the work only created a piece lasting four minutes, but it was calmer than doing something live.

The plan is to have a plaque unveiled on the site in the future, and I’ll share what makes the woodland special in a future edition.

Report from Lake District National Park

The Lake District National Park Authority is delighted a group of woodlands within the Rusland Valley have been chosen as part of a nationwide network of 70 Ancient Woodlands to be dedicated to The Queen in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee.  

The Queen’s Green Canopy recently announced the network of 70 Ancient Woodlands and 70 Ancient Trees across the United Kingdom which will form part of the Ancient Canopy to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service. The initiative was launched by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, who is Patron of The Queen’s Green Canopy, under one of the Ancient Tree dedications – the old Sycamore located at Dumfries House in Scotland.

The Lake District National Park Authority’s, Trees and Woodlands Officer, Lucy Saunders commented: “We’re thrilled that our woodlands in Rusland have been honoured as 1 of 70 ancient woodlands in the UK to be honoured by the Queen’s Green Canopy.

“In addition to this we have also registered the newly planted woodland on Storms Estate in Keswick with the Queen’s Green Canopy which will be a lovely lasting legacy. The treescape of the Lake District is of huge importance visually, culturally and ecologically. It is considered a hotspot for ancient trees, which are particularly valuable for birds, insects, mosses and lichens.

“Our wonderful trees and woodlands deliver a range of benefits including incomes and jobs, helping maintain our valuable land based industries; they provide forest and woodland products, support wildlife, help manage water flow, store carbon, inspire visits and exploration, help improve people’s health and wellbeing and are part of our cultural heritage.”

The Queen’s Green Canopy

λ 1 million new trees

λ 70 ancient trees

λ 70 ancient woodlands given Designated Heritage Status

How about finding your local piece of history and exploring over the extended Bank Holiday weekend?


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