Jersey Trees for Life has announced that the restoration of Val de La Mare Arboretum in St Peter has been accepted as part of a pan-Commonwealth network of forest conservation projects.
This marks Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s service and legacy to the Commonwealth while conserving indigenous forests for future generations.
The arboretum, which sits on land owned by Jersey Water, was established in the 1970s, comprising indigenous and exotic trees from around the world. The decade-long regeneration project, encompassing improvements to existing areas, planting climate change-resistant species and improving access for all, will ensure the arboretum’s world-class status and serve as a source of local pride.
Having expressed gratitude for the support from Government House and the Minister for External Relations in relation to their support for this prestigious conservation project, Philip Taylor, Jersey Trees for Life’s Chairman, commented: “Maintaining our existing woodlands and improving the community’s appreciation of trees through education are both fundamental to the well-being of the island’s wildlife.
“We are proud to play our part in celebrating Her Late Majesty’s service to the Commonwealth through these initiatives.”