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“Wildlife and walkers”

Diamond Jubilee Wood
Ranked #11 of 18 things to do in Whitehead
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Whitehead, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
92 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
“Wildlife and walkers”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

This is becoming a popular destination for walkers coming to Whitehead. There are trails through the wood, and different routes are shorter or longer to suit the time you have. Many locals also go to take a stroll, or bring their dogs.
The "wood" is brand new, and the freshly planted trees are not growing much yet. Still, there are birds that shoot up out of the grass, meadow pipits, someone told me. Someone saw a ladybird there yesterday, and said they hadn't seen any elsewhere for years. There is a small lake which flows out over a one foot waterfall. You cross the pond on a causeway with wooden railings. The very far end of the wood is bordered by the railway line to Larne, and if you're there long one of the new quiet trains may go by.
There is one straight path with bigger saplings planted, in honour of the Commonwealth. There are copper beech trees, one for each country.
The wood also boasts some picnic tables, a colourful tree sculpture, and some new outdoor exercise machines.
There is a big car park at the Bentra Grill, and another for the golf club next door you can use, on teh Slaughterford Road where the entrace to the wood is. Just take the path that runs to the left of the golf course and Diamond Jubilee Wood is beyond that.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank Mavis B
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English first
Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
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371 attraction reviews
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“Baby trees!”
Reviewed December 23, 2012

Well worth a tour, with new sights every time. Whitehead's Diamond Jubilee wood was created as part of the celebrations of the Queen's 60th year on the UK throne. Nationally 60 new forests were planted, and this was the one founded in Northern Ireland. Lots of people volunteered to help with the planting, on a gloriously mucky day. I met our local MP by accident, doing just that.

Right now the place is a set of fields beyond the Bentra Golf Range with paths, a water pond, a very good sculpture and tons of growing baby trees. That may sound dull, but many choose to take their walks around the place. In late summer I was there, and a dazzling display of swifts and martens were whizzing all around in the sky above. On my latest visit I saw waxwings - exotic rare visiting birds from Scandinavia.

Add to all that a good idea: this is a place we helped found, a place that will grow over decades and be a haven for foxes and birds long after we're gone. It is a place where you'll literally see a future growing before your eyes. Love it.

Look for the car park just down the hill from the Bentra Grill, the one for the Bentra Driving Range. From there follow a path between the Larne Road and the golf course. (I do recommend the food in the Bentra Grill, if your walk leaves you hungry!)

Visited December 2012
2 Thank Steveodo
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