Bearsted Woodland Trust to create Jubilee Wood

An orchard of 70 flowering cherry trees is to be created at Bearsted Woodland Trust  to mark HM The Queen's 2022 Platinum Jubilee.  Two hundred smaller native species will also be planted.

The Jubilee Wood will cocoon the new parking area in the eastern part of our site, which has just been given planning permission by Maidstone Borough Council. 

BWT is indebted to our planning consultant, Chris Buckingham, who has donated an enormous amount of expertise and very many hours of hard work to secure the planning consent.

Thanks to a great deal of research by John Broadhurst, the trustee leading the scheme, an excellent solution has been sourced for the car park surface. Under the trees the existing meadow grass will be covered by open lattice ground protection panels which allow the grass to grow through them - retaining a grass surface yet supporting the weight of cars. The surface panels require no digging, no sub-base, have no impact on root protection areas and use recycled industrial plastic.

As John has said "Our intention is to bring both utility and beauty to the Trust, combined with a celebration of the Queen's 70th Jubilee”.

The next stage is to put together a full costing for the scheme for submission to the trustees for approval.  It is hoped the project will get underway in the autumn, when the ground is soft enough to install the meadow surface panels, and plans are being laid for tree sponsorship, volunteer recruitment and family planting days. 

This will be the first major planting programme since Riders Wood was created following Pauline Moore's donation of land back in 2013.