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A new canopy for wildlife and royalty in Sussex

3 January 2022

A new canopy for wildlife and royalty in Sussex

Hundreds of trees and shrubs have been planted at a burial site in Hassocks which will provide an important green corridor for the local wildlife.

Planting took place in December at Clayton Wood Natural Burial Ground, located just off Brighton Road, and will form part of The Queen's Green Canopy.

Clayton Wood is a tranquil natural burial ground set within the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park.

William Salvetti​, Land Manager, said: "The project area is just over half an acre, approximately 2,500m2, and is located along the eastern boundary of Clayton Meadows.

"It will create a native woodland belt which will improve connectivity to the ancient semi natural woodland plots of Lagg Wood and Bonny's Wood to the north of the site."

The Queen's Green Canopy is a unique nationwide initiative created to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and has already seen over one million trees planted since October 2021.

It is intended to create a living legacy and serve as a lasting tribute to Her Majesty's extraordinary service to her country and her people.

Together with Southern Co-op, Clayton Wood Natural Burial Ground has donated an additional £7,700 to the Queens Green Canopy. This funding was for tree packages for schools and community groups to apply for via the Woodland Trust. This equates to around 7,700 trees.

To find out more about The Queen's Green Canopy, visit

Or for more information on Clayton Wood Natural Burial Ground, visit