Leconfield Recreational Ground

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Walk and Coronation Garden

In early 2022, Her Late Majesty the Queen created the Queen’s Green Canopy to encourage people to plant trees. Leconfield Parish Council in East Yorkshire, wanted to mark the occasion of the Platinum Jubilee and plant on the local playing field.

The project was led by local residents and Humber Forest helped to develop the ideas, the site was supported by Humber Forest and The Conservation Volunteers (TCV).

There were 1,000 trees and saplings planting which included Oak, Downy Birch, Field Maple and Wild Cherry.

Summary of the project

Leconfield Parish Council own a large playing field in the village, on the edge of housing and bordering open countryside and wanted to put the land to better use.

A group of residents looked into the possibility of creating a woodland walk to benefit the community and involve the young people of the village and approached Humber Forest for help. Humber Forest helped residents develop plans and provided funding for the project.

Local children were encouraged to get involved in the planting and to take responsibility for the care of the site. Children from Leconfield Primary School were involved and planted a special Oak tree in memory of Queen Elizabeth II and the local youth club planted spring bulbs throughout the woodland.

A volunteer group called ‘Friends of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Walk’ has been set up, they meet regularly at the woodland walk and work to help maintain the site and highlight any areas for improvement. They also hold coffee mornings to raise fund to buy more plants.

The residents of Leconfield have been brought together through this project and have recently planted a fruit orchard and they are creating a sensory garden at the beginning of the walk which will include flower beds, a rose and herb garden and a seating area with ornamental grasses.  This is an ongoing project with future plans to create a children’s area with habitats for wildlife and a British wildflower meadow.

Project impact

Public access and management:  The recreational ground is in the heart of the community and residents of all ages have been involved in developing the site.

Enhancing wildlife: The trees which have been planted together with the wildflower meadow will be a haven for wildlife.

Engagement, health and wellbeing: The whole project is built around creating an outdoor space for the local community to enjoy. The circular woodland walk will encourage residents to take exercise outdoors and the ongoing care of the site has brought residents together in the planning.


“In 5 years’ time this whole area will be a beautiful woodland that all can stroll through and enjoy, and it is satisfying to know that the youth of today will continue to be involved in its maintenance and upkeep.” Thomas Houltby, Parish Councillor, Leconfield Parish Council.

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