Jubilee Wood for East Devon to celebrate Queen's Diamond Jubilee
A Jubilee Wood to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee will be planted in East Devon, opening up a new network of public footpaths and improving existing ones in neighbouring woodland.
The three hectare site (7.4 acres), alongside Harpford Wood near Newton Poppleford, will be planted with around 6000 Douglas fir and Ash saplings by landowner Clinton Devon Estates. The project will be part funded by the Forestry Commission.
Although the woodland will not be mature for 80 years, the public access routes will be open this year and will join the 40 mile East Devon Way with footpath number 12 at Newton Poppleford.
John Wilding, Head of Environment and Forestry at Clinton Devon Estates said: "When we begin planting we will be encouraging local people and especially schoolchildren to join us. The new permissive links through the plantation will extend a network of open pedestrian access within Harpford Woods and provide an easier link between the East Devon Way and the old railway line between Bowd and Tipton."
Douglas fir and ash are being planted rather than the traditional beech and oak which can be found in the neighbouring Harpford Wood that dates back to the 1800s.
John Wilding explained: "We have chosen these species for their timber and with Douglas fir it's resistant to the tree disease Phytophthora, which has affected so many of our woodlands here in the south west. Unfortunately there is also a major problem with the native hardwoods such as oak and beech in that they attract large numbers of squirrels which proceed to destroy the trees."
Clinton Devon Estates have felled trees in four areas of East Devon in the past year - Baker's Brake, Rexans, Hayes Wood and Harpford Wood - to prevent the spread of Phytophthora Ramorum and have replanted in excess of 50,000 trees, mainly Douglas fir.
The new Jubilee Wood will be registered with the Woodland Carbon Code* and during its lifetime it will accrue carbon credits for Clinton Devon Estates as the trees absorb damaging CO2.
Alongside the Clinton Devon Estates Jubilee Wood project, the Lord Clinton Charitable Trust will be donating £500 to each of the parish and town councils on its estates in East and North Devon to spend on local celebrations or projects to mark the Queen's Jubilee. Councillors at Newton Poppleford & Harpford, Beer, Budleigh Salterton Colaton Raleigh, East Budleigh/Bicton, Exmouth, Otterton, Sidmouth and Woodbury in East Devon and Great Torrington and Merton in North Devon have all been informed of the gift.