RFS marks HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Date Issued: 25 May 2012
Digging in:  RFS North Wales Division Chairman Trevor Trevor, left,  with  RFS President Nick Halsey planting Jubilee trees in the Leighton Woods pinetum

Tree plantings have taken place in two of the Royal Forestry Society’s (RFS) woodlands to mark HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The RFS will also be presenting HM The Queen with a specially carved Windsor chair to mark the occasion and, together with the Royal Scottish Forestry Society, will be sending a joint message of thanks and congratulations to HM as patron of both Societies.

RFS President Nick Halsey said: “We are very proud that HM The Queen is the patron of the Royal Forestry Society. I hope that many generations will be able to admire these Diamond Jubilee plantings for years to come, and to remember the celebrations with joy and fondness.

“The chair will be a permanent reminder of the quality of the UK timber industry, representing the best of British craftsmanship, using timber which has been grown in this country and craft skills passed down through many generations.”

The first of the RFS jubilee plantings took place at the RFS Battram Wood near Ibstock, Leicestershire, when six English oak trees and a number of other smaller native trees were planted by the RFS Midlands division to form an avenue leading to the wood’s Millennium Circle.

At the RFS Leighton Woods near Welshpool, jubilee plantings reflected the site’s historic links with the Naylor family who once owned the estate. The RFS woods at Leighton are thought to include one of the oldest and largest stands of coastal redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) in Europe, including 33 trees – the Old Grove – which were brought over by ship from California in 1857 and planted by John Naylor.

Five trees, including three that had come from today’s Naylor family estates in Scotland, were planted in the wood’s pinetum by RFS President Nick Halsey and the RFS North Wales Division Chairman and Deputy Lieutenant for Powys, Trevor Trevor.

The Jubilee pageant on the Thames on 3 June is set to be a particularly proud moment for RFS Past President, Major David Davenport.

A traditional up-river Wye trow constructed using larch trees for planking, some oak for the frame and a Douglas fir for the mast, all donated by Major Davenport from the Foxley Estate will be representing Herefordshire.

A number of other jubilee plantings are also being planned by other RFS Divisions later in the year.