Hainault Forest has been chosen as part of the Jubilee tree planting project. The country park in Redbridge has been selected as part of a UK-wide network of 70 Ancient Woodlands and 70 Ancient Trees dedicated for the celebrations of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative created for the 2022 Platinum Jubilee, which invites people across the UK to plant a tree for the Jubilee.
From individuals to Scout groups, schools, villages, counties, and cities, are encouraged to take part by planting trees during the official planting season which is between October to March. Tree planting will start in October 2022 through to the end of the Jubilee year.
The locations for the Ancient Canopy reflect a number of themes including; Royal, history, children, education, literature/creative, arts, science, conservation, communities, health and well being.
Hainault is the last remaining part of the medieval Forest of Essex.
Hainault Forest was once a royal medieval forest and is the last remaining part of the medieval forest of Essex. In the eleventh century it was part of the Royal hunting forests and was stated to be protected. It was declared a forest vaguely in 1130 by Henry I.
His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, who is the patron of the QGC recorded a video message to mark the launch.
“These working woodlands and magnificent trees span our nation’s amazing landscape and exist for everyone to enjoy. The Ancient woodlands and trees can be found in urban and rural environments, from National Parks to residential areas, representing the unique diversity of all corners of the United Kingdom.
Trees and woodlands have a profound significance for us all – their steadfast and reassuring presence a reminder of our long-serving Sovereign and her enduring dedication. Let us ensure that in her name, we can now protect and strengthen this.”
Hainault Country Park is currently undergoing a £7m restoration, including £4m of support from the National Lottery Heritage fund, to bring a number of historic buildings back into use and improve the pathways and landscaping, which will complete in the Autumn. Vision RCL are working in partnership with The London Borough of Redbridge and the Woodland Trust, to oversee the project and share their expertise in woodland management to help ensure people are able to enjoy this wonderful place and learn about ancient woodlands for many years to come.