Pupils dig in to help plant jubilee wood

Year 5 children from Garstang Community Primary planting the saplings
Year 5 children from Garstang Community Primary planting the saplings

YEAR 5 children from Garstang Community Primary School have been getting their hands dirty for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The Friends of Beacon Fell got in touch with the school to request help in planting saplings as part of a project being run by the Woodland Trust.

To celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Woodland Trust is helping thousands of people across the UK to come together to plant six million trees. 

With HRH The Princess Royal as patron, the Jubilee Woods project aims to create 60 special “diamond woods”, transforming Britain’s landscape in a generation and providing a lasting and meaningful tribute for many years to come.

The Woodland Trust has been encouraging neighbours, communities, schools and families to come together to plant thousands of individual trees in their gardens, playgrounds and community spaces – each taking the chance to mark this special moment in history in a way that will stay with them forever.

The Friends of Beacon Fell had 105 saplings to plant, including a royal oak sapling grown from seeds gathered from the royal estates. Pupils were guided by the rangers in how to plant the saplings in order to ensure maximum growth.

The class worked hard to plant the trees and a spokesperson for the school said the pupils they had “a marvellous time’’.

The spokesperson continued: “The children had a great time digging and managed to get nice and muddy in the process.

“It was a great opportunity to be a part of something to mark the jubilee, and for the children to be involved in creating a woodland that they could one day take their children and grandchildren to visit. A great day was had by all.”