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Jubilee Wood to be planted on Ludlow Touring Park (7th March 2012)

Jubilee Wood to be planted on Ludlow Touring Park

A new wood is going to be created at Ludlow’s exciting new £3 million luxury touring caravan and motorhome park to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this year.

Morris Leisure is planting 750 trees as part of the company’s landscaping and screening work at the five star Ludlow Touring Park, which has been developed on the outskirts of the ancient South Shropshire town.

The 135-pitch park, located on a 20-acre site alongside the River Teme and with good road links to the A49 near Richards Castle, is generating huge interest from caravanners in the run up to the opening on May 9.

Shrewsbury-based Morris Leisure has been offered native trees to cover 0.4 hectares as part of the Woodlands Trust’s MOREwoods scheme and Jubilee Woods Project, which aims to plant six million trees.

Morris Leisure’s managing director Edward Goddard said: “We are delighted to be planting 750 native trees to not only enhance the landscaping of our new touring and motorhome park but also to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in such a creative way.

“The support and guidance from the Woodland Trust through the MOREwoods scheme has been a great help and we look forward to seeing the new trees develop into a thriving woodland."

The UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe, with just 13 per cent woodland cover compared to the European average of 44 per cent. Woods and trees provide multiple benefits for people and wildlife, providing new habitat, a source of food and shelter and supporting eco-systems services, such as air and water quality.

With only eight and half per cent of Shropshire being covered by woodland, the need to plant more trees and woods is urgent. Anyone with more than an acre of land interested in creating their own wood or shelterbelts can receive tailored help and advice, and in some cases funding, from the trust.

“The trust wants to double native woodland cover for people, wildlife and the environment,” said John Tucker, director of woodland creation. “The economic, cultural and environmental value of trees and woods are becoming increasingly recognised and we are here to provide support to people who want to plant trees. “

Last winter, MOREwoods created 270 hectares of new native woodland across the UK with around 250 landowners benefitting from nearly four decades of the trust’s tree-planting expertise.

Planting has been made possible by Royal Warrant holders Calor Gas and award winning cereal makers Dorset Cereals. Both companies are supporting the project in 2012 to help create new woods in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Picture caption: David Goddard (right), a director of Morris Leisure, helps contractor John Sheldon to plant trees on Ludlow Touring Park’s Jubilee Wood.