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Tarmac is proud to announce plans to plant 17,000 trees at Panshanger Park to create a new woodland in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Design

The plans have been inspired by the historic design of the Grade II* listed park and will restore woodland areas and parkland in the Northern part of the park which is currently used for farming.

To develop the design we have worked closely with our partners from Hertfordshire County Council, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and Maydencroft with additional advice sought from Historic England, Natural England, and Hertfordshire Gardens Trust.

Our plans have been submitted to the Forestry Commission for approval and we are aiming to start planting the trees in November 2022.

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19 different species of trees will be planted to create a diverse and resilient woodland resistant to future climate changes.


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The new planting will link with the existing woodland, creating new corridors for wildlife to move. In addition to new trees our plans include wildflower meadows and ponds to create a mix of habitats where wildlife can thrive.


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The trees will absorb 2,600 tonnes of carbon over the next 50 years.


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New paths will be created to allow park visitors to access and enjoy the new woodland.

A Rich Royal History

The famous Panshanger Great Oak, which legend suggests was planted by Queen Elizabeth 1, was visited by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert when they stayed at Panshanger House in 1841. Prince Albert planted a tree grown from an acorn from the Great Oak at Speech House in the Forest of Dean. Our current Queen, Queen Elizabeth II, has since planted another tree at Speech House using an acorn from Prince Albert’s oak. We are planning to collect acorns from the Great Oak to grow new saplings that will be planted in the new woodland over the coming years

Get involved

With 18,000 trees to plant we will need some help! There will be a lot of opportunities for the local community, park users and schools to get involved. The planting will begin in Autumn 2022 and further information will be shared in due course on how you can register your interest to get involved.


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