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. 

"It has been a real community effort and it wouldn't have been possible if it wasn't for the generosity of a number of local businesses," farmer Carola Godman, the project's organizer, told the Daily Mail. "They said they wanted to help out so they could tell their children and grandchildren in years to come that they were part of it."

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.

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Massive 'E' carved into forest for Queen Elizabeth II
100ft creation in an East Sussex forest will serve as a permanent landmark to to honor the regent's time on the throne.