In 2012 the Queen celebrated her Jubilee Year by starting a conservation project with the hopes of seeing 6 million trees planted that year across the UK, and the Wilderness Foundation UK was lucky enough to be part of that movement.
Over 2012, just under 10,000 young trees were planted here at the our Chatham Green site, across 15 acres of land, by over 1000 volunteers. The trees were a mix of native British species such as Oak, Hornbeam, Silver Birch, Hawthorn, Field Maple and many more, and our tree planters were school groups, community groups and many amazing, dedicated, Wilderness Foundation volunteers. Back in 2012, those little trees were mere whips, with not an inkling of what their lives would be. Now, over seven years later, what does the plantation look like, and who or what is living there?
Opened officially by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, over the last 7 years the young trees have seen thousands of young minds pass, along the way perhaps inspiring them to love nature or to take more appreciation of the little things. Short lives yet what have those trees already seen!