In 2011 Andrew Hughes, the former manager of Trinley Estate and a committed supporter of the Andover Trees United concept, supported by his fellow Trustees, released the 44-acre field that was to become our planting site for the decade 2012-2021. Hampshire County Council agreed to buy the land for urban woodland creation in support of our community project and planting began in 2012 to commemorate HM Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee.
The resulting woodland is the largest part of Hampshire’s Diamond Wood, one of 60 new 60-acre woods planted to mark the Jubilee, a scheme led by the Woodland Trust. In her capacity as patron of the Trust, Princess Anne planted the first tree in October 2012, joined by children from the inaugural Andover Trees United group of 17 schools.
Harmony Woods is the 12-acre section within the Diamond Wood set aside to be planted by the community, led by the children of the town who bring their trees to plant over 2 weeks every year in late November, supported by their teachers and their families.
By 2017, just over 5000 trees had been planted in Harmony Woods covering 7 acres. In 2018, a further 5 acres will be added to the existing area to allow planting to continue.