Carrickfergus Borough Council and the Woodland Trust have created a living, lasting legacy in Whitehead to commemorate the 2012 Diamond Jubilee, marking Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year as monarch. The 60 acre woodland near Bentra Golf Course to the north of Whitehead was officially opened on Saturday 23rd June 2012 by Mrs. Joan Christie OBE, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim. The woodland contains 60,000 trees, a 2km of path network, a 1000sqm pond, a Commonwealth Tree Avenue planted with copper beech; wildflower meadows, picnic area and a sculpture designed by artist Kevin Killen and local school children..
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Whitehead Diamond Jubilee Wood is one of the ‘flagship woods’ and the only Diamond Jubilee Wood in Northern Ireland. In total 60 Diamond Jubilee Woods have been planted throughout the UK. Each wood is at least 60 acres in size to symbolise 60 years of The Queen’s reign.
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Want to take a direct role in the future of Whitehead Diamond Jubilee Wood?
The Friends of Whitehead Diamond Jubilee Wood is a voluntary group of local residents who want to dedicate some of their time, energy and effort to caring for and improving this green space area. A Friends Group is a number of interested local people coming together with the aim of improving the appearance, facilities, conservation value and safety of their local park. Anyone can join and give as much or as little time as they want. Download an Application Form to join the Friends of Whitehead Diamond Jubilee Wood.
Official Opening of Whitehead Diamond Jubilee Wood on Saturday 23rd June 2012. (L to R: Alderman Beattie, Mayoress Lynn McClurg, Lord Lieutenant Christie, Mayor Jim McClurg, Lieutenant’s Guard).
Tree Planting Day at Diamond Jubilee Wood (25th February 2012)
At the Tree Planting Day at Diamond Jubilee Wood (25th February 2012) we also planted a majestic tree-lined avenue. The 54 copper beech trees represent the 54 countries within the Commonwealth. The ‘Commonwealth Tree Avenue’ was planted by the Housing Executive’s Housing Community Network as part of its work to promote good race relations across Northern Ireland.
Mayor of Carrickfergus, Alderman Jim McClurg with Patrick Cregg, Director of Woodland Trust at the Whitehead Diamond Jubilee site.