Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee in 2012 was marked by an international spectacle of ceremonies, honors, and visits by the royal family to mark 60 years under her rule. Despite the conclusion of the celebration, at least one town in East Sussex, Britain is forging ahead with the finishing touches on a permanent tribute: a 100ft. massive E carved into a forest hillside.
With permission granted by the conservation group Natural England and the South Downs National Park Authority, volunteers worked for months clearing hundreds of trees with donated equipment and guidance from forestry officials.
Using satellite imaging, the group plotted the site for the giant E which, according to conservation official Phil Belden, will help improve habitat in the region.
"Fewer than five per cent of the South Downs National Park remains as chalk grassland so work to clear scrub with follow-up grazing to conserve and enhance this precious landscape is good news," he told the site.
Organizers hope to complete the project and remove the remaining felled wood over the next few months. To see pictures of their efforts, jump here.