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Rock Legend on Cue with Dorset Woodland Plan

Brian May

8:23am 25th September 2013

Queen Guitarist Brian May's vision to create a new wildlife haven in Dorset will be realised this week.

The rock legend says he's going to plant the first tree on the site on Saturday and he's invited members of the local community to help him.

May wants to cover the woodland, that's been dubbed "Mays Wood", with a 100 thousand trees and plants over the next 12 months.

Dr May says he wants to create an environment where people and animals can exist together. He explains: "I come from a place of playing guitar and music, but I've always had a concern about animals which led to the founding of my charity, Save Me.  Our basic philosophy is that this land used to be forest hundreds of years ago and now I want to re-claim it on behalf of our wildlife. Eventually it will form a wildlife corridor and link on with the wildlife meadow.

"We have a wonderful possibility to make an environment which our children and grandchildren will grow up and enjoy in harmony with the animals around them."

Around 600 trees will be planted at the event, predominantly oak and supplied as small cells (20cm tall trees with their roots protected in a peat plug) which are easy to handle and plant for children and adults alike.  People will be shown how to place the protective shelters over each tree to complete the process of tree planting. 

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