Jubilee Woods: The Facts

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Our Jam Jars Appeal will get its own Royal seal of approval when it is placed into an official collection of records to be presented to Her Majesty The Queen.

The Belper News and Amber Valley Borough Council have teamed-up to enter the planting or plantings into the Jubilee Woods project run by the Woodland Trust.

Inspired by the discovery of the Royal Record of King George VI’s Coronation, which details thousands of celebration trees, the trust is creating a new record of plantings in 2012 for the Diamond Jubilee.

At the end of the project the record will be preserved in the British Library for generations to come as well as being placed before Elizabeth II.

Luke Barrett, spokesman for Amber Valley Borough Council, said: “It’s great to know Her Majesty will have an official record of the effort made by local people.”

Borough council bosses favoured location is currently the Memorial Gardens but that would have to be agreed with Belper Town Council.

Around 40 jars and bags have now been donated to us and overall the total stands at more than £200.

That means there are enough coppers in the kitty to install a tree and plaque to commemorate the 60th year of Her Majesty’s reign.

But we are hoping to get enough money to plant two trees so our appeal will remain open until August for anyone wishing to donate.

That will mean all the cash is in place for the autumn, which is the best time of year to plant a tree when the soil is warm after the summer and damp from autumnal rain, giving a young tree a good chance to root.

Our plantings will be more mature trees - giving them a good chance of survival and will be planted by borough council workmen.

The News Corner shop on King Street has kindly been collecting jam jars from generous readers. We would like you to donate the pennies you would normally keep in containers, such as jam jars and the likes.

If you wish to donate your pennies you can drop them off at the News Corner, at the top of King Street, opposite the Market Place in Belper, or at our office in Ripley at 27 Grosvenor Road.We’ll do the rest and will print updates in the paper, online at www.belpernews.co.uk, on Twitter at @belperlatest and on our Facebook page.