Pupils taking part in royal project

Pupils from Christopher Reeves Lower School in Podington
Pupils from Christopher Reeves Lower School in Podington

Pupils from Christopher Reeves Lower School, Podington, have joined forces with the Woodland Trust as part of the charity’s Jubilee Woods Project.

The school kids got involved by planting a native hedgerow and a Royal Oak tree in their school grounds.

The Royal Oak came from one of the Queen’s estates and the whole school was excited and enthusiastic about the project.

Mrs McNally, headteacher at the school, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our children to be involved in improving their environment and making a difference to the wildlife living in the school grounds.

“They are very excited about the thought of creating a hedgerow that will be here for many years after they have all left the school.

“They are also looking forward to choosing a place for the Royal Oak sapling and are thrilled to think that children who come to this school in the future will be sitting under the shade of a huge oak tree that they planted. The fact this tree has come from one of the Queen’s estates makes this all the more special for them.”

The trust is aiming to plant six million trees across the UK during the course of the project, to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen in 2012.

Georgina McLeod, head of Jubilee Woods at the Woodland Trust, said: “We are delighted that thousands of communities and schools are using our free tree schemes to plant more trees in their local area. Groups are transforming their neighbourhoods, growing their own fruits and food, creating shade and shelter, and providing new homes for wildlife. Through tree planting, schools are educating children about the benefits of trees and their importance for the environment.

“Throughout 2012 we are offering more free trees for people to plant in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and would love yet more communities and children to get involved.”

Schools and communities can register their plantings online and be involved in the new royal record of tree planting. This will be published online and a hard copy will be gifted to the Queen and the British Library at the end of the project.

To find out more about the project, apply for a pack and view the Royal Record visit www.jubileewoods.org.uk