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Diamond Jubilee arrives early for national parks

Posted 30 May 2012
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Diamond Jubilee arrives early for national parks
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The Queen is not the only one in the UK celebrating a Diamond Jubilee at the moment.

Several natural sites across the country were declared National Nature Reserves (NNR) in May 1952 and are therefore marking 60 years of having this status.

This means people can visit with their walking boots and tents to enjoy what Natural England has described as "havens for wildlife".

Holme Fen in Cambridgeshire, Kingley Vale in West Sussex and Cavenham Heath in Suffolk are among those celebrating the landmark anniversary.

Moorhouse and Upper Teesdale in Cumbria and Country Durham, East Dartmoor in Devon and Ham Street Woods in Kent are also commemorating six decades as NNRs.

Jim Smyllie, Natural England's executive director, commented: "The 60-year celebration is a great way to remember what has been achieved for the wildlife on these reserves."

The Queen and other members of the royal family have been travelling across Britain extensively in recent months to mark the monarch's 60-year reign.

Britain's Jubilee celebrations will peak in the next few days during a special four-day weekend.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801374971-ADNFCR