Tarmac to mark Platinum Jubilee with new woodland
Panshanger Park plans to plant panoply of trees for Queen’s Green Canopy jubilee celebrations
TARMAC have announced plans to plant 17,000 trees at Panshanger Park, creating a new woodland as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) initiative in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Inspired by the historic design of the Grade II* listed park, the initiative will restore woodland areas and parkland in the northern part of the park, which is currently used for arable farming.
To develop the design, Tarmac have worked closely with partners Hertfordshire County Council, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, and Maydencroft, with additional advice sought from Historic England, Natural England, and Hertfordshire Gardens Trust.
The design will incorporate 19 different species of trees to create a diverse and resilient woodland which will provide resistance to future climate changes.
Stuart Wykes, Tarmac’s director of land and natural resources, said: ‘The Queen has given so much to the nation and Commonwealth during her 70-year reign, so it is only fitting that we commemorate her Platinum Jubilee with this exciting initiative.
‘We are delighted to be able to support The Queen’s Green Canopy campaign by planting a diverse variety of magnificent trees from which we hope a spectacular woodland will grow at Panshanger Park.
‘It will not only provide a fitting tribute to The Queen but also give many years of enjoyment to visitors to the park.’
The planting will link existing woodland, creating new corridors for wildlife to move freely. There are also plans to include a wildflower meadow and ponds to create a mix of habitats where wildlife can thrive.
And there is a climate benefit too because the 17,000 trees planted will lock up more than 2,600 tonnes of carbon over the next 50 years, contributing to the environmental sustainability of the park.
New paths will be created to allow park visitors to access the woodland and the public is being invited to help.
Mr Wykes added: ‘With 17,000 trees to plant, we will need some help. Once planting begins there will be many opportunities for the local community, park users, and schools to get involved.’
Plans have been submitted to the Forestry Commission for approval, with an aim to start planting trees in November 2022.
Cllr Eric Buckmaster, Executive Member for The Environment at Hertfordshire County Council, said: ‘The planned woodland at Panshanger Park is a huge boon to our efforts to leave a lasting legacy for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and we look forward to working in partnership with Tarmac to deliver this project.’
Tim Hill, conservation manager at Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, said: ‘It’s great to see the QGC initiative taking shape at Panshanger Park. The park is already a wonderful place for wildlife, so the creation of more natural wild spaces is very welcome news.’