May 14 2018

Visit England victory for Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood

On the 2nd May, Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood (QEDJW) was visited by an assessor from the Visit England accreditation scheme, and we’re very pleased to announce that the site has not only successfully retained its Visit England accreditation, but our score has increased from 71% to 80%!


QEDJW is a flagship Jubilee Wood, and a key Woodland Trust site within the National Forest in Leicestershire. Recent improvements that contributed to our new and improved scoring include new welcome and exit signage, a revised leaflet with updated map, and a refresh of the wood’s extensive waymarking (which used to take significant brain power to attempt to follow!)


Some snippets from the report include:

‘Highlights of this assessment visit were the improved entrance signs, the presentation of and interpretation in the welcome barn, the range of woodland habitats and views to enjoy, the quality of the main stone trails and the overall standard of site maintenance. The leaflet is also much improved and an excellent access statement was found on the website.’


‘The welcome barn and bird hide were both impressive in their appearance and, considering their outdoor nature, exceptional in their decor and maintenance. The woven ceiling in the bird hide was a very memorable feature’


The waymarking for the trails is significantly improved following the previous assessment, with the assessor following the blue and red trails without any difficulty on this visit. Excellent guidance is also provided by the orientation sign at the car park and in the welcome barn.


‘Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood is developing into a welcome and significant natural attraction in this part of the National Forest, whose value and importance can only continue to grow as the landscape and trees mature.’


Well done to all involved in the recent site improvements and, with an extension on the horizon, QEDJW is only set to get bigger and better…so watch this space!


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