More than 20,000 trees have been planted in the woodland, which spreads across 15 acres in Ashing Lane Nature Reserve, Dunholme.
A choir of schoolchildren, from Welton St Mary's Primary School, braved the May showers to sing at the grand opening, which took place yesterday at 1.30pm. They performed choreographed renditions of celebratory songs Great Day and Summer is Icumen In.
The youngest child in the choir then joined Mrs. Joy Monk, widow of Mr. Dennis Monk, who the wood is named after, to ceremoniously cut the ribbon and officially open the wood. Mr. Monk was director of Lincoln's Waste Recycling Environmental for 13 years. In an emotional speech, Mrs. Monk said:
"This really is a wonderful occasion and I'd like to congratulate the NWT for their forward thinking.Mike Kennedy, chairman of the local advisory panel for Waste Recycling Environmental, spoke before the ceremonial opening. He said:
"Much hard work has gone into this project and the young people here today are the future users of this wood.
"I hope they'll have lots of fun in the trees for years to come.
"My husband would have been very interested in this project and keen to be a part of it. If he knew it was named after him he would have been surprised, honoured and dumbfounded.
"This wood really is for everyone for ever."
"What a community project we have here. This is exactly what we want for our community, our children and our children's children.Paul Leroy, chief executive of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, said:
"I call this project one of the best of the best."
"It really is a day to celebrate.
"The LWT has played a very small role, but worked with WREN and NWT in the development of Monks Wood.
"The wonderful thing about this project is how the community came together and put in a huge amount of effort to get to where we are today.
"This is one of the most significant community volunteered projects in the East Midlands and the LWT is proud to be neighbours with Monks Wood."