New wood planned for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

ENTHUSIASTS are hoping to establish a public wood in Long Sutton as part of the town’s plans to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Long Sutton In Bloom is looking for a landowner who may have a small patch of land that it can use for a wood. The group already has some trees it hopes to plant.

Nationally the Woodland Trust is looking to plant around six million trees to create Jubilee Woods and Diamond Woods to mark the monarch’s 60th anniversary on the throne on June 2 next year.

In Bloom vice chairman Barry Meade is leading the project for Long Sutton.

The 60-year-old grew up in Berkshire and feels our youngsters are missing out with the lack of woodland in this area.

He said: “My starting point is that I’ve come to this area because I really appreciate and enjoy the community but one of the things I do miss is woods. There are virtually no woods available to public access in this area.

“I think it’s part of growing up – I spent a lot of my childhood running around woods.”

Mr Meade wants to have talks with a landowner who could work with the group or simply sell it some land – with the aim to find a patch that is an acre upwards in size.

He added: “There may be a farmer who has got a patch of land that is not suitable for his needs and we would be interested in discussing that.”

The wood is one of a number of ideas being discussed as a way of celebrating the jubilee next summer – with a traditional street party also set to be held.

Mr Meade said: “A public wood might, I hope, be a very appropriate part of the celebrations and something that would last.”

The group is also keen to hear from anyone who could help them set the wood up and has been researching the environmental expertise it will need.

Anyone with land or who is keen to help the project should contact Mr Meade on 01406 364953 or via email on tribar@tiscali.co.uk

l Lutton Village Hall Committee is looking for input from younger members of the village on how best to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

A meeting will be held at the village hall at 7pm on Tuesday, October 11.

The committee is looking to use the playing field at the back of the bungalows in Lowgate or the Village Hall for the celebrations.

l Cowbit’s Diamond Jubilee Committee has a programme of events organised to fund a celebration event.

It is holding a family quiz night at the village hall at 7pm on Saturday, October 8. Tickets cost £2.50.

The committee will also hold a race night at the village hall on Friday, November 11, at 7.30pm. Tickets for that event are £5 including a hot dinner.

To book for either night, or for more information, call 01406 381454.